After what some might accurately characterize as an umpire-induced miracle in the last-minute escape by North Melbourne against the St. Kilda Saints in order to remain undefeated, the Roos should, repeat should, have a walkover when they make the short journey south to meet up against the hapless Essendon Bombers.
Sportsbet will pay punters who select North Melbourne $1.05 at this time, but they will shorten those odds further if they can.
In a classic example of the rich getting richer, once they get past the Bombers, the Roos have the Blues on the calendar, which should result in another win, but for the fact that Carlton is one game better than the Saints are and everyone knows the outcome of that supposed walk in the park.
North Melbourne could well go into its next competitive match, a Round 10 affair against the Swans, with a 9 – 0 record.
The issue that the Roos face is that there are 17 other teams that would like nothing better than the honour of spoiling North’s perfection. There is also the battle to avoid complacency against some of the back-markers of the AFL over the course of the next two rounds.
They will also have to deal with the hostile turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.