AFL Betting: Roos in a close one
Matthew Primus has said there is no magic wand to fix what’s going wrong with his side
After a round full of upsets, David Murdoch expects the AFL ship to steady itself once more as he previews the Round 8 match between North Melbourne and Port Adelaide.
The Crows belt the Cats, the Giants eclipse the Suns, the Tigers terrorise the Swans, the Bombers soar over the Eagles, the Dogs maul the Kangaroos and the Saints give Carlton the Blues.
The competition was turned on its ear in the previous round and Port Adelaide will be desperate for the upsets to continue when they face North Melbourne at AAMI.
Already out of the finals race for 2012 and staring at his seventh straight loss, Matthew Primus has been handed a blueprint on how to get by North Melbourne by the Bulldogs.
Still stinging from that loss, North Melbourne will be eager for redemption and to calm Brad Scott down; but if they are going to play finals footy, they need Drew Petrie and Lindsay Thomas to fire in their forward line.
Exposed against the Dogs, the Kangaroos will need to impose themselves upon Port Adelaide in the contest for possession or look forward to another year out of the finals.
This is a must win game for North Melbourne.
* North Melbourne has won five of their last six matches against Port Adelaide.
* The Power has lost their last three matches against the Kangaroos by an average of 47 points.
* North Melbourne have lost five of their last six matches playing away.
Matthew Primus has said there is no magic wand to fix what's going wrong with his side; they have been competitive in patches but have been unable to get the job done since their round one thriller against the Saints.
Port should welcome back Jay Schultz and Chad Wingard for this one, and although you can expect the home-side to again be competitive, I can't see them getting past a North Melbourne side punished by Brad Scott all week for a perceived lack of effort in a game they should have won against the Bulldogs.