The 2018 AFL preliminary finals are here and everything is on the line for all four teams involved, with the winners moving on to play off for the rights to become 2018 AFL Premiers.
Last weeks winners, Melbourne and Collingwood put in excellent performances to overcome their opposition, while Richmond and West Coast enjoyed the week off to freshen up for this week.
As reported in the media, there are some injury clouds around some star players at Tigerland, but we think this is more of a media beat up and we don’t expect there to be any shock omissions this week.
2018 AFL prelim finals kick off on Friday night with an absolute blockbuster at the MCG with two old foes in Richmond and Collingwood doing battle for a chance to play in the 2018 AFL Grand Final.
7:50pm Richmond Tigers vs. Collingwood Magpies @ MCG
Collingwood were very good in their win against the Giants last week but coach Nathan Buckley was adamant that the Pies can play better – which they will need to do against the reigning Premiers this Friday night.
The Magpies will be happy with the defensive effort in restricting the Giants to just 59 points for the game, but they will be looking to tighten things up even further against Richmond’s high-powered forward line.
Collingwood tagger, Levi Greenwood, will get the job on Dustin Martin this week in what could be a match-deciding role for whoever gets the upper hand.
Dustin Martin is under a slight injury cloud at the moment with a corked thigh from their first round finals win over the Hawks, with Richmond taking a cautious approach to his training load this week.
Daniel Rioli was also sent for scans on an injured finger last Friday but is expected to play.
Richmond are deserved favourites to continue their winning streak at the MCG, and while we think Collingwood will make a game of it, the Tigers will prevail and look to go back-to-back next weekend.
Richmond 1-39 @ $2.10 (BET NOW)
Total game points over 161.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
First goal scorer – Jack Riewoldt @ $8.50 (BET NOW)
Richmond by 20
1:20pm West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne Demons @ Optus Stadium
The Demons continue to play relentless football and easily accounted for the Hawks last Friday night at the MCG to make it through to their first preliminary final in 18 years.
Melbourne’s young players are thriving under the added pressure of finals, however, they face a tougher opposition in the West Coast Eagles in Perth this week, and while they defeated them in Perth in round 22, West Coast were without some of their star players and will be fresh from a week off.
The Eagles, while not at full strength, are a side packed with older, more experienced players and they are at home in front of their always vocal supporters – and that counts for a lot in finals footy.
There’s no doubt this is shaping up to be a finals classic and we are expecting this one to go down to the wire, but we think the Eagles at home will be too good and the Demon’s fairy tale season will come to an end.
$1.80 is good value for the Eagles here but we will take them at the 1-39 margin at $2.40 because the Demons will make this a real fight.
West Coast 1-39 @ $2.40 (BET NOW)
Total game points under 171.5 @1.90 (BET NOW)
First goal scorer – Josh J Kennedy @ $8.50 (BET NOW)
West Coast by 18
2018 AFL Prelim Finals multi bet:
We are going with two small multis this week – a 1-39 multi and a first goal scorer multi:
Richmond 1-39 @ $2.10
West Coast 1-39 @ $2.40
Total odds: $5.28 (BET NOW)
First goal scorer – Jack Riewoldt @ $8.50
First goal scorer – Josh J Kennedy @ $8.50
Total odds: $72.25 (BET NOW)