We have expert betting tips for all Round 17 AFL games this week.
Round 16 saw some interesting upsets and there could be more on the agenda this week.
Round 17 kicks off with the eagerly-awaited 2018 Grand Final rematch between West Coast and Collingwood.
7:10pm West Coast Eagles vs. Collingwood Magpies @ Optus Stadium
The Magpies are playing their second consecutive Friday night game but it didn’t end well last time out.
Collingwood were upset by the Hawks 67-63 and there are growing concerns about their premiership title hopes this season. Looking to compound those doubts will be the Eagles, who beat the Magpies in last year’s final.
The Eagles are coming off a resounding 122-31 win over the Fremantle Dockers last week and that should be good enough form to see them winning this.
Stick with the Eagles, who are travelling better at the moment.
Betting tip: Eagles –15.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Eagles by 22
1:45pm Sydney Swans vs. Carlton Blues @ SCG
Carlton pushed the Melbourne Demons close last week (105-100) but ultimately game up short and much of the same is expected here.
The Swans are favoured to win at home but they are also coming off a loss. Theirs came to the Essendon Bombers where they lost by 10 points. That was a solid effort on the road and they should take good benefit from that.
There shouldn’t be much between these two teams but the Swans are still in contention and the Blues season hasn’t been healthy to date.
Betting tip: Swans to win @ $1.34 Bet Now
Swans by 15
2:10pm Hawthorn Hawks vs. Fremantle Dockers @ University of Tasmania
Hawthorn scored a terrific win against the Collingwood Magpies last week and that form should carry over to Round 17.
The 67-63 win came over one of the better teams in the competition and now they face the Dockers, which are coming off a 122-31 hammering at the hands of the West Coast Eagles.
Fremantle had looked half-decent up until that loss but the flood gates might have opened on their season now.
Hawks are confident and they should go back-to-back.
Betting tip: Hawks –15.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Hawks by 23
4:35pm Essendon Bombers vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos @ Marvel Stadium
The Bombers found their winning groove last week when beating the Swans by 10 points but North Melbourne will present a strong challenge this week.
Kangaroos are coming off a 112-73 win over the Saints, which was expected, but they’re making their way up the AFL ladder and could squeeze into the top eight following this week.
Essendon are one win ahead of the Kangaroos but come the end of this week, they could be sharing eight wins a piece.
Betting tip: Kangaroos to win @ $2.15 Bet Now
Kangaroos by 7
7:25pm Gold Coast Suns vs. Adelaide Crows @ Metricon Stadium
It was another miserable outing for the Suns last week against the Tigers, going down by 92 points in a one-sided display.
The Crows were equally as poor when losing to the Power 101-44. That was a dismal display from the Crows and more is expected this week.
Neither team can get on a roll this season but the Crows have the better team and should be putting away the 3-12 Suns.
Betting tip: Crows -32.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Crows by 44
7:25pm Geelong Cats vs. St Kilda Saints @ GMHBA Stadium
We’re putting the Cats’ loss to the Western Bulldogs as a minor slip up on what has been a good season to date.
The Cats were no match for the Bulldogs, losing 71-55 in a defense-orientated game. We are expecting a bounce-back performance at home against the Saints this week, as most punters are.
Bookmakers have 45.5 points between these two teams, which is fair, but the Cats will have to bring their a-game to cover the spread.
The Saints might hang around for the first quarter but the Cats should put them away nicely.
Betting tip: Cats –45.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Cats by 52
1:10pm Richmond Tigers vs. GWS Giants @ MCG
This should be one of the highlight games of the week as the Tigers look to continue their good play against the Giants.
GWS Giants didn’t look their usual selves when losing to the Brisbane Lions last week and it saw them slip to fifth on the AFL ladder. That puts them on the same points as Richmond, which couldn’t have been more impressive last week.
The 150-58 smoking of the Suns was expected but it’s never easy to pile that many points on a professional team. The task this week is harder but momentum is with the home side.
Betting tip: Tigers –12.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Tigers by 19
3:20pm Western Bulldogs vs. Melbourne Demons @ Marvel Stadium
Western Bulldogs will be full of confidence following their win over the Geelong Cats last week and that could translate into another win in Round 17.
The 71-55 win was a confidence-boosting win for the Bulldogs, which are congested in the log-jam for a playoff spot. A win this week should give them some temporary breathing room.
The same can’t be said for the Demons, which scored a 105-100 win over the Blues last week but that was only their fifth win of the season.
It has been a dismal season for the Demons so far and we’re expecting that to continue.
Nice odds on offer for the Bulldogs.
Betting tip: Bulldogs to win @ $1.52 Bet Now
Bulldogs by 18
4:10pm Port Adelaide Power vs. Brisbane Lions @ Adelaide Oval
Port Adelaide were too strong for the Adelaide Crows last week but the Brisbane Lions are full of confidence this season.
Lions are now into fourth position on the ladder after beating the Giants on their home soil. Wins like that will see them competing in the playoffs and a win over the Power in Adelaide would cement those expectations.
The Power are tough to beat at home and bookmakers have them as favourites at $1.68 but we’re smelling an upset.
Betting tip: Lions to win @ $2.15 Bet Now
Lions by 4