2022 AFL Round 1 Expert Tips & Predictions

We have expert betting tips for AFL Round 1, which kicks off on Wednesday with the Melbourne Demons vs Western Bulldogs.

Punters get nine Aussie Rules games to bet on in the opening week and we’re looking forward to another huge and exciting season.

We have AFL tips for every game of the year.


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AFL Round 1 Tips

Wednesday 16/03/22

7:10pm Melbourne Demons vs Western Bulldogs @ MCG

In a repeat of last year’s Grand Final, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs battle for early supremacy.

We think the Demons will be tough to beat in the opening game of the season and punters get a value price on Wednesday.

They are usually quick starters, and with the confidence of winning last season, they’ll be pumped up for a big performance at the MCG.

Betting tip: Melbourne Demons @ $1.61Bet @ Sportsbet

Demons by 10

Thursday 17/03/22

7:25pm Carlton Blues vs Richmond Tigers @ MCG

The Richmond Tigers are the firm favourites to beat the Carlton Blues, but we think Carlton can keep it close.

It can take the Tigers time to find their groove and the Blues often show their best footy in the early stages, so getting +15.5 points is a value line.

They could take the halftime lead and hang around in the second half.

Betting tip: Carlton Blues +15.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Tigers by 8

Friday 18/03/22

7:50pm St Kilda Saints vs Collingwood Magpies @ Marvel Stadium

It could be one of the closest games of the week as the St Kilda Saints and Collingwood Magpies do battle at Marvel Stadium.

We expect 2022 to be a good year for the Saints, who could make a push for a top four spot. On that basis, we’re confident they can kick off their year with a win.

Collingwood are fast starters, so they’ll need to be good, but take the favourites to score a Round 1 win.

Betting tip: St Kilda Saints @ $1.61Bet @ Sportsbet

Saints by 5

Saturday 19/03/22

2:10pm Geelong Cats vs Essendon Bombers @ MCG

Bookmakers are giving the Essendon Bombers plenty of respect in the opening game and we’re all for it.

Despite not being fancied to do well this season, Essendon could come out swinging in the opening rounds and push the Cats close.

The Bombers are $2.44 to win and getting +10.5 points, which is enough to lock in.

Betting tip: Essendon Bombers +10.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Cats by 6

5:10pm GWS Giants vs Sydney Swans @ Accor Stadium

We are keen on the Sydney Swans and they’re good enough to push the GWS Giants in the opening round.

It’s not an easy Round 1 game for the visitors, but the Swans could be in for a better season than bookmakers predict.

They are $1.80 to beat the Giants, who could struggle in the early stages. We think the Swans could start strongly and only get better as the year continues.

Betting tip: Sydney Swans @ $1.80Bet @ Sportsbet

Swans by 10

8:10pm Brisbane Lions vs Port Adelaide Power @ Gabba

We expected a close betting market for the Brisbane Lions vs Port Adelaide Power. Bookmakers have the Lions at $1.53, which is a fair line for the opening round.

Brisbane showed its ability last season and we don’t think the Lions will be too far away from that form in 2022.

Port Adelaide is always a much better bet at home, and although the Power usually start well, take the Lions to secure the win at the Gabba.

Betting tip: Brisbane Lions @ $1.53Bet @ Sportsbet

Lions by 10

Sunday 20/03/22

1:10pm Hawthorn Hawks vs North Melbourne Kangaroos @ MCG

Despite some market confidence, we can’t see the North Melbourne Kangaroos starting with a win.

They’re currently paying $2.21 to beat the Hawthorn Hawks, but we can’t see how punters could be confident taking the Kangaroos to win.

This is a good spot for the Hawks, so take the head-to-head price of $1.67.

Betting tip: Hawthorn Hawks @ $1.67Bet @ Sportsbet

Hawks by 8

4:10pm Adelaide Crows vs Fremantle Dockers @ Adelaide Oval

There isn’t much confidence with the Adelaide Crows, despite playing at home, but they could produce the upset.

They’re not an easy team to follow, and there is confidence with the Dockers, but this is the best time to back the Crows.

Adelaide always plays its best at home and the $2.20 is too good to pass up.

Betting tip: Adelaide Crows @ $2.20Bet @ Sportsbet

Crows by 10

7:40pm West Coast Eagles vs Gold Coast Suns @ Optus Stadium

The West Coast Eagles are another team tough to beat home and we thought they would be shorter in betting markets.

Bookmakers have them at $1.56 to beat the Gold Coast Suns, who are never a trustworthy bet on the road and at the start of the season.

The current betting line is 11.5, which favours the Eagles, who should score a comfortable double-digit victory.

Betting tip: West Coast Eagles –11.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Eagles by 18


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Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.

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