We have expert betting tips for both AFL Preliminary games.
The semifinal games last week were about as exciting as you can get, but we’re expecting more of the same this week.
Richmond Tigers vs. Geelong Cats and Collingwood Magpies vs. GWS Giants to decide which two teams will make it into the Grand Final.
It’s all on the line this weekend and we have expert betting tips for both games.
AFL Preliminary Finals Tips
7:50pm Richmond Tigers vs. Geelong Cats @ MCG
The Geelong Cats made their way into the preliminary final via beating last year’s champions last week.
Cats scored a convincing 88-68 win at MCG last Friday night and they’ll look to carry that momentum over to this week. However, facing an in-form Richmond Tigers team won’t be easy.
The Tigers ride a long winning streak coming into this game, which included a smashing of the Brisbane Lions (112-65) during Week 1 of the finals.
Richmond, the current 2019 premiership favourites with bookmakers, certainly look like a team ready for the occasion. They’re scoring big totals but the defense has been even more impressive.
Scoring over 100 points on this Tigers’ defense will be tough, even for the Cats which typically have no problem putting up big totals.
On face value, these two teams are evenly matched. The Tigers and Cats play a similar style of AFL and that could make for an instant classic this Friday night.
This game could be won around the ruck. It’s likely to be a scrappy game in the trenches and a consistent game plan could be the way to go for both sides.
If the Cats get off to a flying start, expect the Tigers to be under the pump. However, if Richmond ends the first quarter with a two-goal lead, that could be enough to see them through.
Bookmakers have 17.5 points between these two sides. First thoughts are to take the Cats with the points, but Richmond is the better team.
For that reason, we’ll take Richmond to win and to cover the spread.
Betting tip: Tigers –17.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Tigers by 21
4:35pm Collingwood Magpies vs. GWS Giants @ MCG
GWS Giants got to this stage having beaten the Brisbane Lions in Brisbane and now they have to beat Collingwood in Melbourne.
That’s not an easy road to the Grand Final, but should they make it, they’ve certainly deserved it.
The 83-80 win over the Lions last week had to be seen to be believed. They scored the go-ahead goal with only a couple of minutes remaining before holding on grimly to the lead.
The Giants should be expecting yet another tough effort on the road this week, against a rested Collingwood Magpies.
Collingwood needed the one-week break to rest their star players. It has been an up-and-down season for the Magpies, but they’re looking to get to their second consecutive Grand Final.
Form certainly holds true with the Magpies, who defeated the Geelong Cats in Finals Week 1. The 61-51 win was an upset and they should build nicely on that effort.
Losing the 2018 Grand Final in dramatic circumstances will still hurt the Magpies. However, redemption can work in their favour.
Bookmakers have the Magpies at $1.41 to book their spot into the final. Those odds are a little short for our liking, especially against a dangerous Giants side.
The Giants are at $2.90 and they’re getting a +15.5 points start. That’s where the value resides with the second preliminary final of the week.
Betting tip: Giants +15.5 @ $1.91 Bet Now
Magpies by 10