Round 17 sees some great games this week and with nine games on the schedule, there’s something for every punter.
There is only three wins separating the top eight teams and there will be plenty of ladder movement this week as the best AFL teams go head-to-head.
We have free tips and form for every Round 17 game of the 2018 AFL Premiership season.
7:20pm Adelaide Crows vs. Geelong Cats @ Adelaide Oval
The Crows will need to call upon all of their champion qualities to get back into contention after suffering another loss last week.
The 103-56 loss to the Tigers was a disappointing but expected result. Things will need to change for the home side this week, against the Cats which scored a quality 71-59 win over the Sydney Swans last Thursday night.
Bookmakers have both teams relatively close in the betting and it could go either way, but we’re sticking with the Crows to find some form at home.
Betting tip: Adelaide to win @ $1.84 (BET NOW)
Adelaide by 22
7:50pm St Kilda Saints vs. Carlton Blues @ Etihad Stadium
This game won’t attract the biggest audience ever but it should be a competitive game against two struggling outfits.
The Saints have shown good recent form but come into this game having lost 86-50 to Port Adelaide last week, but compared to the Blues, that’s great form.
Carlton were hammered 120-55 by the Lions and it really was a dismal display. Another thrashing could be on the cards this week if they don’t drastically improve.
Bookmakers have the line set at 21.5 but it should be around the 30 mark.
Betting tip: St Kilda -21.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
St Kilda by 38
1:45pm Hawthorn Hawks vs. Brisbane Lions @ University of Tasmania Stadium
Hawthorn entered the top eight with a strong 122-59 win over the Western Bulldogs last week and they will look to build momentum when facing the Lions.
The Hawks have nine wins and six losses on the season to date and although they sit in eighth position, there’s no reason to panic just yet. Facing the Lions will help matters this time around and although the Lions are coming off a big win, the opposition increases in toughness here.
We’re expecting consecutive wins for the Hawks, who should make a strong push in the latter half of the season.
Betting tip: Hawthorn –25.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Hawthorn by 32
4:35pm Melbourne Demons vs. Western Bulldogs @ MCG
That was a performance of the Demons of earlier in the season when beating Fremantle 102-48 last week.
The Demons started the season like a house on fire but they have been extinguished in recent weeks. Getting an overdue win on the board was needed last week and they should be able to build on that momentum.
Western Bulldogs will need to produce a much better effort after losing 122-59 at home last week and it’s not going to get any easier on the road. Demons look good to win two on the trot.
Betting tip: Melbourne 40+ @ $2.40 (BET NOW)
Melbourne by 50
7:25pm Gold Coast Suns vs. Essendon Bombers @ Metricon Stadium
Essendon might have been defeated on Sunday against Collingwood but they stuck around throughout and that was a credible effort.
They won’t lose any admirers after the 78-62 loss after leading throughout the first half and eventually the class of the Magpies was enough to see them score the win.
On the road are the Bombers this week, which won’t help their chances but the Suns are far from tough to beat this season and this is a good opportunity for Essendon to get back to their winning ways.
There has been some money for the upset at $4.60 but stick with Essendon.
Betting tip: Essendon –30.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Essendon by 40
7:25pm GWS Giants vs. Richmond Tigers @ Spotless Stadium
The Tigers are at the top of the premiership ladder following their win over the Crows last week and it’s tough to see them stopping the roll.
Winning 103-56 sees them sit four points clear of the next best team and they face the Giants this week, which did well to push the Eagles last week but ultimately lost the game.
The 86-75 loss was a tough effort and that’s the main reason why bookmakers don’t have much difference in the betting between these two sides. Tigers are $1.49 to win and many punters will have those odds in their multi bets.
Betting tip: Richmond -12.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Richmond by 22
1:10pm Collingwood Magpies vs. West Coast Eagles @ MCG
This is looming as one of the best games of the week as the in-form Magpies take on the Eagles in a battle for second position.
Both teams sit on 44 competition points with 11 wins and four losses but it has been the Magpies which have looked more impressive in recent games. They’re coming off a solid win over Essendon last week and although the Eagles were also tough in victory, we gave the nod to Collingwood.
Bookmakers agree this week with Collingwood at $1.48 and although those odds are a touch short, they should do enough to win.
Betting tip: Collingwood to win @ $1.48 (BET NOW)
Collingwood by 12
3:20pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Sydney Swans @ Etihad Stadium
The Swans were poor in scoring only 59 points when losing to the Cats last Thursday but they’re a solid team and capable of bouncing back.
Sitting fifth on the premiership ladder, the Swans are in a good position to secure a nice playoff spot and bookmakers are offering generous odds against the Kangaroos this week, which are coming off a nice win.
The Kangaroos put away the Suns with ease last week and whilst it was a good win, they’re a step below the best in the AFL this season.
We’ll stick with the better side at nice odds.
Betting tip: Sydney to win @ $1.79 (BET NOW)
Sydney by 20
4:40pm Fremantle Dockers vs. Port Adelaide Power @ Optus Stadium
Port Adelaide continued their impressive season with another good win over the Saints last week and the Dockers are next in line.
Fremantle is in the middle of another poor season after losing 102-48 last week to the Demons and performances like that are not going to get the job done.
This should be an easy win for the Power to close Round 17.
Betting tip: Port Adelaide –21.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Port Adelaide by 28