The 2018 AFL Grand Final is here and we have the West Coast Eagles taking on the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.
Both the Magpies and the Eagles had fantastic wins on Friday night and Saturday evening and both games were essentially won by half-time.
We have a full preview of both teams and a range of betting tips for punters including a same-game multi tip!
Please note: these are our early picks prior to team announcements on Thursday night. We don’t expect there to be any changes to either team, but if there are any surprise changes, we may change our picks.
14:30 | Saturday 29/09/2018
West Coast Eagles vs. Collingwood Magpies @ MCG
West Coast Eagles ($2.25) – BET NOW
The West Coast Eagles completely dominated the red-hot Melbourne Demons on Saturday afternoon, with a final margin of 66 points.
The damage was done by half-time with the Eagles booting 10 goals to nil and going into the break 63 points up.
Josh Kennedy kicked four goals, while Jack Redden dominated the midfield and Jeremy McGovern locked down the opposition forward line. It was a truly excellent all-round team performance.
The West Coast back line will have their work cut out for them this week and they will no doubt be working on shutting down the big Magpie, Mason Cox, who was so damaging on Friday night. A lot of that responsibility will fall on the Eagle’s midfield to restrict Collingwood’s scoring opportunities, while Hurn and McGovern will continue to play their role.
West Coast possess a lot of firepower up forward and the Collingwood defense will have their work cut out for them, and if their stars aren’t having a big day, they have an abundance of players who can chip in and sneak a few goals.
Collingwood Magpies ($1.68) – BET NOW
Collingwood stunned the football world last Friday night in their dominant 39-point win over reigning Premiers, Richmond.
The Magpie’s pressure was relentless and the Tigers were never allowed to get going and were unable to play the game on their terms.
Steele Sidebottom continued his excellent finals series and gathered 41 possessions, while big Mason Cox played his best AFL game to date and was marking everything in sight. He will take a lot of confidence out of that performance and West Coast will need to figure out a way to limit his impact if they are to win the game.
There is a slight injury cloud over the high-flying Jeremy Howe, but he is expected to play.
This game for Collingwood will be won or lost in the midfield, where they have the edge over West Coast, however, we’d give the slight forward line and back line edge to the Eagles.
The Pies will need to backup last weeks performance with something similar this week to beat he Eagles, but they certainly have the talent, ability, and hunger to do it.
These teams finished second and third on the ladder with West Coast finishing with one more win than the Pies. It’s an amazing effort by West Coast to maintain such a high level of performance without their best ruckman and midfielder in Nic Naitanui (injured) and Andrew Gaff (suspension), but it’s a true testament to their playing depth and coaching staff.
In a game that we see as a real 50-50 battle, the odds for West Coast to win are more appealing and that’s where we’ll have to put our money.
With the better value on West Coast’s side, we’ll have to favour them in our betting tips, but a Collingwood win would certainly not shock.
H2H: West Coast Eagles @ $2.25 – BET NOW
Big win/little win: West Coast 1-39 @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Line: West Coast +7.5 @ $1.92 – BET NOW
Total game points: over 162.5 @ $1.90 – BET NOW
First goal scorer: Josh J Kennedy @ $8.50 – BET NOW
Norm Smith Medalist: Jack Redden @ $12 – BET NOW
Same game multi: West Coast 1-39, first goal scorer Josh J Kennedy, total points over 162.5 @ $44.25 – BET NOW