Only six games on the cards this week and most of the games feature a short-priced favourite, but it should still be an exciting round of AFL football.
Round 14 kicks off with the Eagles taking on the Bombers and is following by the blockbuster game between the Power and Demons.
We have free tips and form for every Round 14 AFL game.
6:10pm West Coast Eagles vs. Essendon Bombers @ Optus Stadium
The West Coast Eagles suffered a rare loss this season when losing 72-57 last week against the Sydney Swans, but they will look to rebound this week.
Playing Essendon hasn’t been easy this season and although the Bombers are only sitting on five wins and seven losses, they possess the danger to beat one of the top sides in the AFL.
They come into this with a Round 12 win over Lions and they should be well-rested after sitting out last week.
Bookmakers are predicting a one-sided clash this Thursday night and although we respect the danger Essendon brings, the Eagles should be too good for the visitors.
Betting tip: West Coast –30.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
West Coast by 40
7:20pm Port Adelaide Power vs. Melbourne Demons @ Adelaide Oval
This is going to be the round of the week as the in-form Port Adelaide take on the hurting Demons in Round 14.
The Power are coming off a 132-75 smashing of the Western Bulldogs and they’re starting to recoup some momentum after falling down the premiership ladder. Sitting in seventh, the Power will look to push past Melbourne on the ladder into fourth position.
That’s where the Demons currently sit, but they’re coming off a disappointing loss to the Magpies before getting the bye week in Round 13. Before that shock loss, they looked like premiership contenders and punters are now doubting their credentials.
The odds on offer for both teams could be considered value this week but we’ll stick with the home team.
Betting tip: Port Adelaide to win @ $1.52 (BET NOW)
Port Adelaide by 22
1:45pm Hawthorn Hawks vs. Gold Coast Suns @ University of Tasmania Stadium
The Hawks returned to form with a stunning 88-32 win over Adelaide last week and that great defensive performance holds them in good stead this week.
This week’s task is made easier by taking on the Gold Coast Suns, which couldn’t defeat the Saints on home soil. That loss was the worst of their nine losses this season and we can’t see the situation getting any better.
Hawks should take this game but the points spread line of 47.5 won’t be an easier cover. We think there’s more value in the 1-39 line for Hawthorn.
That pays $2.80 with bookmakers and this game could be close throughout before the Hawks establish their dominance late.
Betting tip: Hawks 1-39 @ $2.80 (BET NOW)
Hawks by 34
4:35pm Brisbane Lions vs. GWS Giants @ Gabba
Both teams received a bye last week, which was much-needed for the Lions which haven’t shown any roar this season.
Despite having only one win this season, the Lions are getting respect from the bookmakers, as they often do, and we simply can’t confidently back them this week.
The Giants are coming off an emphatic win over the Suns, winning 134-26 and although they’re currently outside of a playoff position, they’re clearly the better team.
Lions’ supporters have had little to get excited about this season and we can’t see this game staying close.
Giants to win comfortably.
Betting tip: GWS –23.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
GWS by 50
7:25pm Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos
The Kangaroos are looking to rebound after a disappointing 96-59 loss to the Cats in Round 12 but helping their cause will be taking on the Bulldogs.
The Western Bulldogs were soundly beaten by the Power last week and bookmakers have taken that into consideration. Given little chance of winning at $4.95 in the head-to-head market, the Bulldogs will have a point to prove this Saturday.
Having that said, punters have every reason to follow the Kangaroos and back them with confidence. With seven wins on the season and sitting just behind the Power on the premiership ladder, this is the Kangaroos game to lose.
We don’t think they will lose but it should be a close game.
Betting tip: North Melbourne 1-39 @ $2.25 (BET NOW)
North Melbourne by 27
3:20pm Collingwood Magpies vs. Carlton Blues @ MCG
That was an impressive 133-91 win over the Demons in Round 12 by Collingwood and we’re expecting that form to carry over to Round 14.
The Magpies were in full control over a red-hot Demons team and the only thing that could trip them up this week is not focusing on the target at hand.
Carlton were horrible in defeat to Fremantle last week and they stand little chance of winning this game unless they produce a much better effort. Scoring only 46 points isn’t going to get the job done and there’s a reason why they’re $8.50 to win.
This game could get ugly for the Blues.
Betting tip: Collingwood –46.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Collingwood by 66