North Melbourne vs Gold Coast Suns Predictions and Betting Tips
🏈 AFL Round 24 Match Preview
⏰ 26 August 2023 - 13:45 AEST
🏟 Stadium - Blundstone Arena
AFL fans are gearing up for an entertaining contest when the North Melbourne Kangaroos take on the Gold Coast Suns this Friday night. The clubs go head-to-head on 26/08/2023 at 1:45pm AEST.
In the lead-up to the match, AusBetSites has gathered the latest betting odds from 3 different Aus betting sites across 37 markets. The bookies have installed the Suns as slight favorites entering the game with moneyline odds of 1.24.
The two teams were both on the wrong end of results last weekend, losing their respective matches. North Melbourne went down to Richmond by 29 points at the MCG, while the Gold Coast Suns narrowly missed out to Carlton by four points.
Heading into the final round, the Suns sit 15th on the ladder with nine wins for the season, while the Kangaroos are down in 17th having claimed just two victories.
The Suns go in as marginal favourites based on their superior record this year, and should control the midfield with in-form stars like Sam Flanders, Touk Miller and Noah Anderson.
North Melbourne will look to spearhead Nick Larkey, who booted six goals in the loss to Richmond to take his season tally to 62. Rising Star chance Harry Sheezel will aim to cap off his excellent debut season after racking up 37 disposals against the Tigers last week.
While the Kangaroos have been competitive recently, it's hard to see them snapping their long losing run that stretches back to Round 2. They host the Suns in Hobart where they've lost eight straight, with their last win at the venue coming against Gold Coast back in 2021.
North Melbourne vs Gold Coast Suns Head-to-Head
The head-to-head record over the past 3 years shows Gold Coast having a decisive edge over North Melbourne. In their last 5 meetings, the Suns have managed 4 wins compared to just 1 for the Kangaroos. With most of the recent matchups going their way, the Suns have clearly dominated this rivalry of late. Having picked up 4 wins against 1 for North Melbourne during this period, Gold Coast will enter the upcoming contest full of confidence as they look to continue their strong record against the struggling Kangaroos.
North Melbourne Performance
🟥🟥🟥🟥🟥 The North Melbourne Kangaroos come into this match in woeful form, having lost their last five games straight. With five consecutive defeats under their belt, it's clear this Kangaroos team has completely lost their way. The squad seems devoid of confidence following the string of losses. If North Melbourne suffer a sixth straight defeat against the Suns, it would mark an alarmingly poor run that cements their status as the competition's easiest opponent. On a dreadful five-game losing streak, the Kangaroos look unlikely to turn around their fortunes against Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Suns Performance
🟥🟥🟥🟩🟥 The Gold Coast Suns enter this match eager to find some consistency after an up-and-down run of recent results. In their last five games, the Suns have managed just one win against four losses. With only a single victory in their previous five outings, it's clear the Suns have struggled to build momentum, alternating wins and losses. The one win and four defeats over this stretch demonstrate the Suns' erratic form that has seen them fail to string together consecutive positive results. Coming off a loss, the Suns will be determined to return to the winner's circle against the lowly Kangaroos. If inconsistent Gold Coast are to beat the struggling North Melbourne side, they must find their rhythm after an unpredictable few weeks yielded just one win from five games.
📋 Players to watch:
- Tarryn Thomas has recorded 20+ disposals in the last three rounds
- Bailey Scott is averaging 27 disposals over the past four rounds
- Nick Larkey has kicked 11 goals in the past two weeks
- Debutant Harry Sheezel has averaged 27 disposals per game this season
- Touk Miller is averaging 27 disposals in his last three matches
- Sam Flanders has averaged 29 disposals per game in his past eight matches
⚡ Match Facts:
- Gold Coast have won five of the past six meetings between the teams
- North Melbourne have lost eight straight matches at Blundstone Arena. Their last win there came against the Suns in 2021.
- The Kangaroos have lost 20 consecutive matches this season, winning just two games. The Suns have won nine games.
💡 Match Prediction:
According to the data, the Gold Coast Suns enter as overwhelming favorites against North Melbourne. The probability sits at a massive 80.5% for the Suns compared to just 19.5% for the Kangaroos. The fair odds translate to $1.24 for Gold Coast and $5.13 for North Melbourne, highlighting the Suns' perceived dominance.
The forecast predicts the Suns to prevail by 34 points in a one-sided affair. Based on the Suns' superior 2022 record and dominant recent head-to-head over the struggling Kangaroos, their status as clear favorites to continue their winning ways is unsurprising.
North Melbourne vs Gold Coast: 64-98 or Suns to win by 34 points
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