St Kilda v North Melbourne betting tips, AFL Rd 1 picks 2020
St Kilda are the bookies favourites for their Round 1 AFL match against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, due to start at 1.10pm AEST on Sunday.
The Saints have been a buzz team this pre-season with several key recruits including Bradley Hill, Zak Jones and Dougal Howard. They were also impressive in their preseason hitouts, but this is a proven trap for punters.
It remains to be seen how the Saints will perform under new coach Brett Ratten, and we think this match should be closer to even money, rather than the $1.80 for St Kilda on offer at Unibet.
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North Melbourne will blood former Brisbane defender Josh Walker, as they contend with life after Scott Thomson. Many are tipping the Roos to struggle in AFL 2020, but they will be confident of rolling the Saints and starting on a positive and we like the $2 on offer.
It pays to remember that the 2020 AFL season is heavily impacted by the coronavirus, meaning the quarters are shorter and there are no crowds in attendance.
Below we’ll run you through our free tips and odds analysis for St Kilda v North Melbourne being played at Marvel Stadium (Formerly Etihad, Telstra Stadium, Colonial Stadium and Docklands)
Saints v Roos odds
Head to head odds: Saints ($1.80) v Roos ($2)
Line betting: Saints -2.5 ($1.90) v Roos +2.5 ($1.90)
1st goalscorer odds: Ben Brown $7, Tim Membrey $9, Cameron Zurhaar $12, Max King $11, Nick Larkey $12, Jack Lonie $14
St Kilda vs North Melbourne best bet tips
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Ben Brown to kick at least three goals
North Melbourne spearhead Ben Brown keeps on kicking goals at Marvel Stadium, highlighted by the big red head (for our US readers) kicking at least three goals in each of his past seven games at this ground. Brown is paying $2.00 with Unibet to achieve this again on Sunday, which we think is money in the bank.
New Saint Dan Butler to kick first goal
I never did like Dan Butler, largely because he was a Tiger, but the amount of times he spoiled my first goal-scorer bets has got me taking notice. While we do not endorse this betting market as a way of consistently turning a profit when betting on the AFL, my spider senses are tingling here and I will have a little something on the new Saint to kick the first goal of the game. Butler is paying $20 in first goal-scorer betting at Bet365.
Dan Hannebery to get 25 touches or more
Another new Saint Dan Hannebery is paying $3.05 to get 25 touches and we think he’s finally ready to repay St Kilda’s faith, after they took him on a long-term, big money contract. The tough midfielder was a star at the Sydney Swans but has struggled with injury, but looked to be in great nick in the preseason.
St Kilda v North Melbourne prediction 22/3/2020
North Melbourne seem stuck in no-mans land at the moment in terms of list management, not contending but hard to beat. We are predicting this North Melbourne v St Kilda clash to be very close, but we feel like the Roos may have a slightly harder edge through the midfield, and a proven star up forward in Ben Brown. There are too many questions for us around the new-look Saints to back them as favourites here. Our final Kangaroos v Saints pick? North Melbourne by 12 points, but we’ll be steering clear of betting on the winner of this one.
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