The Essendon Bombers host the Port Adelaide Power in AFL round 2 at Etihad Stadium. The Bombers are heavy favourites with the early AFL betting line seeing them at -25.5 to -26.5 with the bookies. In the head to head betting market Essendon are currently priced between $1.21 to $1.26 while Port Adelaide's Live AFL Odds range between $3.90 and $4.40.
The Bookmakers made Essendon slight favourites $1.86 (-3.5) for their first round clash with North Melbourne. The odds were a fair indication as the game was in the balance until full time, when North Melbourne's Hamish McIntosh missed a 40 metre attempt at goal as the siren sounded which would have given the Kangarros the victory. As it was Essendon got the win (14.20) 104 to (15.12)102 with their odds of $1.86 paying for the moneyline bet while the Kangaroos (+3.5) covered the AFL Line Handicap bet.
Port Adelaide hosted St Kilda in round 1 with the bookmakers head to heads odds price giving them only about a 30% of victory. Port Adelaide hung on to get the upset victory (13.11) 89 to (13.7) 85 getting their season off to a positive start. There must have been a few happy AFL punters out there who cashed in on the Power, they opened at Pinnacle sports $3.39 and were backed into close at odds of $3.05.
These two teams have played each other just once each regular season over the past 5 seasons. In that time the record stands at Port Adelaide 4, Essendon 1. The team who wins outright has also covered the line 4 of 5. Historically these two sides have played quite high scoring matches with the average game total being 218.8 and 4 of the 5 games having totals over 200 points. Round 23 of last season was their last encounter, in that game Essendon started as $1.04 favourites with a -70.5 line handicap. The Bombers got the win (120-113) however Port Adelaide covered the line with ease.