The market hasn’t caught up to how well the Suns are playing.
The Suns have been the in-form side in the AFL over the last six weeks. In that time they have won five from six and covered the same amount, including upset wins over Sydney and Fremantle. Their only defeat came by three goals against the Dogs.
While they have enjoyed a relatively soft schedule in the last month, they have been doing what good teams should do, putting up big margins and covering the line.
The Suns don’t have any major weaknesses. In defence Charlie Ballard and Sam Collins are two of the best defensive intercept players in the league. The core midfield group of Jarrod Witts, Touk Miller, Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell is near elite. Down forward Mabior Chol and Levi Casboult are hardly superstars, but they create contests and bring their crumbers into the game.
Port have been plagued by inconsistency and injury this year. Their last five weeks reads WLWLW. Their best is certainly good enough, but they have had to make another four forced changes this week. The Power have been playing a high possession, kick and mark game that the Suns, an excellent pressure side, are well equipped to counter.
This game is really a toss of the coin and the Suns have plenty of appeal with the head start.
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Ben Ainsworth has kicked two or more in three of Gold Coast’s last four games and is really coming into his own as a player. Noah Anderson was brilliant last week against Adelaide after a couple of down games prior to the bye, when he finds form he usually holds it.
Gold Coast are a massive chance of causing the upset here and at almost 2-1 they are a worthy play.