2022 AFL Round 15: North Melbourne vs Adelaide Preview & Betting Tips

Football kicks off in Hobart on Sunday afternoon, as North Melbourne takes on Adelaide from 1:10pm. The Roos are on an 11-game losing streak, while the Crows have won just one of their last seven. Which side will end their struggle?

Check out our preview of this game below and head over to our AFL Tips page for previews of every game this round.

North Melbourne vs Adelaide Preview & Betting Tips

Blundstone Arena, Sunday, June 26, 1:10 PM AEST

North Melbourne

Injuries: Miller Bergman, Charlie Comben, Ben Cunnington, Kallan Dawson, Will Phillips, Jared Polec, Jack Ziebell, Jason Horne-Francis (suspension), Lachie Young (suspension)

Cameron Zurhaar (foot), Aiden Bonar (hamstring) and Ben McKay (concussion) are expected to return in a positive sign for North Melbourne. Captain Jack Ziebell will miss next month with a facial fracture, while Jason Horne-Francis and Lachie Young will both be unavailable due to suspension.

The Kangaroos had the bye last week, their final game being a 49-point defeat in Round 13 against GWS. A couple of late goals flattered the deficit somewhat in a game that has been largely uncompetitive for North Melbourne. De Roos have lost 11 consecutive games by an average margin of 59 points, and only one of their 11 defeats in that series has been under 47 points.

This game poses as North Melbourne’s most winning game since their only win in round two and their most winning game for the next five weeks, so you should be thinking the Rose will come out with all the guns for this one. clash.

Adelaide

Injuries: Rory Sloane, Paul Seedsman, Riley Thilthorpe, Brett Turner

Despite their struggles this season, the Crows have one of the shortest injury lists in the AFL. Rory Sloane and Paul Seedsman have had their long-term injuries that prevented them from being seen much in 2022, but other than those two, the Crows haven’t had many injuries. Riley Thilthorpe rolled his ankle against the Suns last week and is expected to miss just one week, while mid-season draft pick Brett Turner will miss 1-2 weeks due to a foot injury.

Adelaide was nailed to the sword late last week in a 43-point defeat to Gold Coast, with their inability being the main reason in their inability to cross the line. The Crows kicked 10.13, converting just 22% of their inside 50’s into goals.

Rory Laird has taken an absolute crack this season, with 30 or more divestments in nine of his 11 games this season. Laird has amassed 38, 33 and 42 sales in his last three games and will go big this weekend against the Roos. North Melbourne were knocked out by midfield in their last game, with five GWS midfielders registering 27 or more divestments.

Match Prediction

The -18.5 line might turn some bettors off, but given the consistency in outbursts that North Melbourne has seen at the end of this season, the Crows are easily able to cover. Ten of the Kangaroos’ 12 losses were over 46 points, and Adelaide showed their ability to take care of a less talented opponent two weeks ago with a 31-point win over the Eagles.

The Crows defeated North Melbourne twice last season by 41- and 44-point margins, and it’s hard for De Roos to find a way to stop Taylor Walker’s influence forward, especially when their midfield is struggling like this season.

Adelaide -18.5

$2.00 (1.5 units)

Prop Bets

Rory Laird and Ben Keays have been ball-winning machines for the Crows this season and with Laird likely to receive a tag from Kayne Turner, Ben Keays will have free play this weekend. Keays has been a model of consistency this season, with 25 disposals his lowest return this season and scoring 27 or more touches in 12 of his 13 games.

Ben Keays 30+ Divestments, $1.88 at Ladbrokes

Taylor Walker has achieved great form as he came back from suspension and has scored 22 goals in 9 games this season. Key strikers have had little trouble reaching the scoreboard against the Roos in the past five weeks with Jake Ricardi (3 goals), Max King (3), Tom McDonald (3), Todd Marshall (3) and Mitch Georgiades (3) all involved touch. Walker kicked three times last time he took on North Melbourne and will be confident against the second worst defense in the league.

Taylor Walker 3+ Goals, $1.96 with Ladbrokes

In an incredibly grim season for North Melbourne, Luke Davies-Uniacke’s development has been positive. Davies-Uniacke has averaged 25 disposals per game over his last five games, posting 25 and 33 disposals in his last two games, the most for North Melbourne in both games.

Luke Davies-Uniacke 25+ Divestments, $2.20 at Ladbrokes