There were some big upsets in Round 15 and Round 16 could see some more upset results with a full round of nine games.
Sydney hosts Geelong to kick off the week, which also includes the Bombers vs. Magpies and Eagles vs. Giants on Sunday afternoon.
We have free tips and form for every Round 16 game this week.
7:20pm Sydney Swans vs. Geelong Cats @ SCG
Both teams are coming off losses in Round 15 and arguably the Cats looked better in defeat but the bookmakers have the Swans are firm favourites.
The Swans slipped out of the top spot with a 93-67 loss to the Richmond Tigers and the quality of opposition was much better than what the Cats faced when losing to the Bulldogs.
That’s the main reason for the bookmakers installing the Swans as the $1.42 favourites and that’s not bad money considering their form prior to last week.
The Swans should get back into their winning groove.
Betting tip: Sydney –16.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Sydney by 28
7:50pm Richmond Tigers vs. Adelaide Crows @ MCG
Richmond returned to the top of the AFL ladder with a convincing 93-67 win over the Swans last week and with 11 wins and only three losses this season, the Tigers are roaring.
They sit at the top of the premiership but continuing to win will be important as the Swans, Magpies, Power and Eagles are all only a win behind. The task will be made easier this week when taking on the Adelaide Crows, which aren’t the same team we saw last season.
Having been beaten in the Grand Final, many punters thought a repeat finals appearance could be on the cards but sitting in 11th after 15 rounds wasn’t on the cards.
They’re in for a tough stretch and playing away from Adelaide Oval won’t help their cause.
Betting tip: Richmond -20.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Richmond by 42
1:45pm Brisbane Lions vs. Carlton Blues @ Gabba
Carlton performed as expected last week when losing to Port Adelaide but the Brisbane Lions produced a much better result than expected.
The Lions were 119-64 winners last week against Fremantle and they have a chance to record rare consecutive wins this week. Scoring 119 points will easily be enough to get past Carlton away from home and with 1114 points scored this season, compared to the 887 from Carlton.
That should be enough to see the Lions get the better of their opposition here.
Betting tip: Brisbane –17.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Brisbane by 29
4:05pm Port Adelaide Power vs. St Kilda Saints @ Adelaide Oval
We’re not sure what got into the Saints last week but the 119-117 win over the Melbourne Demons was top class. It was only their third win of the season but it came at a vital time for the struggling side.
That being said, winning two straight times could be tough this week against the Power, which looked good against Carlton last week. The 90-69 win was enough to see them climb into fourth position on the ladder, only one win behind leaders Richmond.
Playing at home has been a big factor for the Power to date and although St Kilda has some new-found confidence, that shouldn’t last for long.
Betting tip: Port Adelaide –40.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Port Adelaide by 60
7:25pm Western Bulldogs vs. Hawthorn Hawks @ Etihad Stadium
The Western Bulldogs scored a narrow 103-101 win over the Cats last Friday night and it will give them plenty of confidence when taking on the Hawks this week.
Although the Bulldogs currently sit at 14th on the ladder with five wins and nine losses, the Hawks won’t be impressed with their own season to date and panic might start to set in soon.
Hawks have won eight and lost six, but that’s only good enough for 10th on the ladder. That will be an uncomfortable position for the well-favoured team and a win over the Bulldogs could be needed to save their season.
This has upset written all over it and the Bulldogs could sneak away with the win.
Betting tip: Western Bulldogs to win @ $2.65 (BET NOW)
Bulldogs by 2
7:40pm Melbourne Demons vs. Fremantle Dockers @ TIO Stadium
The Demons suffered an embarrassing loss to the Saints last week and the wheels might be coming off the once-impressive outfit, but they should be able to bounce back.
Luckily for the Demons, they’re playing only the Dockers this week and had they been playing a playoff-bound team, it could have resulted in another loss for the former top-four side.
They are one of the shortest-priced favourites of the week at $1.13 and unless Fremantle change everything they’re doing, Melbourne should come away with an effortless victory.
Betting tip: Melbourne 40+ @ $2 (BET NOW)
Melbourne by 60
1:10pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Gold Coast Suns @ Etihad Stadium
The poor season continued for the Suns last week, losing to the Magpies 99-60 and it wasn’t really close at any stage.
It was also a loss for the Kangaroos against the Bombers (125-108) but it was a much more competitive game and they are currently the shortest-priced favourite of the week.
Bookmakers are offering only $1.12 for a North Melbourne win and given the form of the Suns, it’s tough to see an upset going in favour of the away side.
We’re not sure the Kangaroos deserve to be that short with their record but they should get the job done well enough.
Betting tip: Suns +40.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
North Melbourne by 30
3:20pm Essendon Bombers vs. Collingwood Magpies @ MCG
This should be the game of the round as two quality sides do battle at the MCG in front of what will be a bumper crowd.
The Bombers scored an impressive 125-108 win over the Kangaroos last week and that got them back into playoff contention at seven wins and seven losses but the Magpies have looked the more impressive of the two so far this season.
Exceeding expectations, the Magpies come into this game with a 10-4 winning record and they’re in good position to go deep into the playoffs.
The Magpies could be without key defender Lynden Dunn, who suffered a knee injury last week, but the remains in good order and they should be tough to beat.
Betting tip: Collingwood to win @ $1.61 (BET NOW)
Collingwood by 15
4:40pm West Coast Eagles vs. GWS Giants @ Optus Stadium
Another great Sunday afternoon game with the third-placed Eagles taking on the sixth-placed Giants, which are currently two wins shy of the four-way tie for second.
Bookmakers have this game going slightly in favour of the West Coast Eagles, which suffered a loss to the Crows last week and will be needing a better performance this week, especially if the Giants back up their 95-84 win over the Hawks.
Home advantage could play its part but the Giants might have more to play for and we’re predicting an upset result.
Betting tip: GWS +11.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
GWS by 5