Footy season kicks off on Thursday March 21 with Carlton vs. Richmond and we have free tips and form for all nine AFL games in Round 1.
2018 champions West Coast Eagles kick off their defense with the Brisbane Lions and there are some great clashes expected this week.
Magpies vs. Cats is set to excite on the standalone Friday night feature.
7:20pm Carlton Blues vs. Richmond Tigers @ MCG
Plenty is expected of the Richmond Tigers this season and that’s evident in the betting against Carlton. Richmond is $1.16 on the head-to-head markets and there’s 35.5 points in the spread.
Coming off a good regular season last year but a disappointing playoff series, the Tigers will look to get off to another good start this season and when you have players such as Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt, it’s hard not to like the Tigers.
We’re expecting a rusty start to this game but the floodgates should open up late.
Betting tip: Tigers –35.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Tigers by 43
7:50pm Collingwood Magpies vs. Geelong Cats @ MCG
It was a heartbreaking loss in the Grand Final against the Eagles last season but we think the Magpies are going to rebound nicely and have another quality season.
Bookmakers have them as the favourites against the always-tough Cats, but they aren’t as short in the betting as we expected. $1.65 is being offered for the Magpies and that’s value in our eyes.
Not all players are available but we believe they have more upside than the Cats and their confidence coming into this game should be high.
Betting tip: Magpies to win @ $1.65 Bet Now
Magpies by 18
1:45pm Melbourne Demons vs. Port Adelaide Power @ MCG
2018 wasn’t a happy time for the Port Adelaide Power but they have had time to recover and 2019 should be a more promising season. That being said, the Melbourne Demons are coming off one of their best seasons in recent history.
The Demons were a high-scoring side which still has plenty of improvement to come and many punters, including us, are predicting another good season.
Never easy to predict form in the first round but the Demons should come out with a good win to kick off Super Saturday.
Betting tip: Demons –21.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Demons by 30
4:05pm Adelaide Crows vs. Hawthorn Hawks @ Adelaide Oval
We’re not entirely sure what went wrong with the Adelaide Crows this season, but for punters’ sake, we hope their issues don’t continue.
Typically, they are a reliable team to follow at home, but Crows were disappointing at Adelaide Oval last year and an early-season win over Hawthorn is exactly what they will be looking for.
Hawthorn has a solid unit this season and it’s one which could see them into the playoffs, but all the emphasis should be on the Crows and they should come up trumps.
Betting tip: Crows –19.5 @ $1.50 Bet Now
Crows by 24
7:25pm Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium
Expecting to be a close contest, the Western Bulldogs host the Sydney Swans in Round 1 and it’s tough to predict that both teams will offer.
Bulldogs are notoriously tough to beat at home, so they have that going in their favour. Sydney has an arguably better side on paper and they could show some early season form in 2019.
We think punters should wait until the Swans return home to Sydney before backing them. Go with the home side in this situation and they’re paying better than even money.
Betting tip: Bulldogs to win @ $2.30 Bet Now
Bulldogs by 10
7:20pm Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast Eagles @ The Gabba
The West Coast Eagles would have looked at the draw and figured they had an easy start to the season, given what Brisbane did, or didn’t do last season, but bookmakers haven’t written off the home side.
Amazingly, despite finished 15th on the ladder last year and playing the 2018 champions, they are only $2.65 in the betting with the Eagles holding favouritism at $1.48.
We expected the Eagles to be paying below $1.30 and despite playing away from home, we can’t bypass those odds. Brisbane needs to show us what they can do first, before backing them.
Betting tip: Eagles to win @ $1.48 Bet Now
Eagles by 17
1:10pm St Kilda Saints vs. Gold Coast Suns @ Marvel Stadium
The St Kilda Saints should come marching in to Marvel Stadium and come away with the win this Sunday, but expectations are reality shouldn’t get mixed.
This Saints team has been touted this year as a serious playoff contender and playing the Suns shouldn’t give them any problems in Round 1. Losing to the Suns could cause some problems within the camp and it’s only the opening round.
Plenty on the line for the Saints and with the home crowd in their favour, we think they should come up with the positive result.
Betting tip: Saints –25.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Saints by 39
3:20pm GWS Giants vs. Essendon Bombers @ Sydney Showgrounds Stadium
Expected to be one of the closest games of the week, the Giants welcome the Bombers into enemy territory for Round 1.
The Bombers are coming off an impressive season, which was much better than expected. Giants were solid in 2018 and an improvement is expected in 2019.
Essendon won 95-60 in this matchup last season and that will be playing on the minds of the Giants, which had won in Round 11 of the 2017 season.
This is a much-improved Bombers side, however, so take the away team in what should be a close game.
Betting tip: Bombers to win @ $2.05 Bet Now
Bombers by 10
3:20pm Fremantle Dockers vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos @ Optus Stadium
Not the most exciting game to close Round 1 but it should be close and it will give the winner plenty of confidence heading into the rest of the season.
Dockers can pull off some early-season wins and with the Kangaroos not known for their excellent starts, we’re going to stick with the home side here.
Bookmakers have Fremantle as the $1.76 favourites and that’s solid money.
Betting tip: Dockers to win @ $1.76 Bet Now
Dockers by 8