We have expert betting tips for all Round 18 AFL games this week.
There are plenty of good betting games this week, including the Friday night thriller between the Adelaide Crows and Essendon Bombers.
7:20pm Adelaide Crows vs. Essendon Bombers @ Adelaide Oval
The Crows are coming off a big win against the Suns where they won by 151-56 and that should give them confidence going forward.
It didn’t come against the strongest opposition but it’s a step in the right direction and we’re not surprised to see bookmakers backing them in this week.
Essendon scored a dramatic 86-81 win over the Kangaroos and that was a much-needed victory for the club. Finals hopes are still alive for the club and this could be a close game on Friday night.
Betting tip: Bombers +15.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Crows by 10
1:45pm Richmond Tigers vs. Port Adelaide Power @ MCG
Richmond strutted their stuff against GWS last week, scoring a 94-67 win and putting them firmly into premiership contention.
The same can’t be said for the Power, which scored only 49 points when losing to the Lions at home. It was a poor display from the Power and they were outplayed in all aspects of the game.
Playing on the road is only going to make it harder and we’re predicting a comfortable victory for the Tigers here.
Betting tip: Tigers –25.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Tigers by 32
2:10pm Carlton Blues vs. Gold Coast Suns @ Marvel Stadium
Carlton have hit a bit of a purple patch after beating St Kilda last week and they could give the Suns yet another defeat this season.
Despite the Blues sitting with only four wins on the season, they have been playing much better recently and the Suns… well, they’re still playing with their usual enthusiasm.
Punters are likely to jump all over the current –25.5 line for the Blues and they should be covering that with some ease.
Betting tip: Blues –25.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Blues by 35
4:35pm GWS Giants vs. Collingwood Magpies @ Giants Stadium
The Giants’ season took a hit when losing to the Tigers last week but it’s the Magpies who could be reeling for this game.
Collingwood scored a one-point win over the West Coast Eagles last Friday but their injury toll continues to grow and that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season.
The Giants could jump all over that this week and we’re expecting them to bounce back nicely.
Bookmakers have the Magpies as $1.80 favourites but expect that to change soon.
Betting tip: Giants to win @ $1.90 Bet Now
Giants by 10
7:25pm Brisbane Lions vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos @ Gabba
We didn’t quite predict this from the Lions this season but they are playing some terrific footy and long may it continue.
The Lions are coming off a 97-49 smashing of the Port Adelaide Power in Adelaide and they totally controlled the game throughout.
Returning home is always a positive and given that the Kangaroos are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Bombers, the Lions could jump on them and take advantage.
Bookies have 16.5 points between them in the market.
Betting tip: Lions –16.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Lions by 30
8:10pm Fremantle Dockers vs. Sydney Swans @ Optus Stadium
The Dockers are only a couple of wins from a playoff spot but losing 84-53 to the Hawks last week isn’t going to help their cause.
They have looked good at times throughout the season and should have enough to get past the Swans, who are struggling for consistency.
Swans were seven-point losers to the Blues last week and with only six wins this season, they are struggling and should find the Dockers too tough.
Betting tip: Dockers to win @ $1.55 Bet Now
Dockers by 12
1:10pm Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn Hawks @ MCG
The Cats continued their fine season with a win over the Saints last week and they’ll be expecting another win over the Hawks in Round 18.
Geelong has been good this season with 13 wins and only three losses. The Hawks are a team that could give the Cats a bit of a scare but winning is another matter.
Hawthorn looked good when beating Fremantle last week and if they can show similar effort, they could at least cover the points spread, which is set at 21.5 points.
Betting tip: Hawks +21.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Cats by 20
2:50pm Melbourne Demons vs. West Coast Eagles @ TIO Park
A change in scenery could help the Demons, who are struggling at levels we didn’t think imaginable this season.
With only five wins in 2019, the Demons have been their own worst demon and coming up against the 2018 champions here won’t make it any easier.
The Eagles will need to rebound after losing a close one to the Magpies last week, but they’re a class outfit and we can’t see much improvement coming from Melbourne this week.
The $1.40 is worth taking for the Eagles.
Betting tip: Eagles to win @ $1.40 Bet Now
Eagles by 15
4:40pm St Kilda Saints vs. Western Bulldogs @ Marvel Stadium
The Bulldogs are the $1.34 favourites to win this game following their win over the Melbourne Demons last week and that looks about right.
St Kilda is struggling to produce wins this season and coming off a 57-point performance against the Cats shouldn’t put them in good stead for this.
Tough call to make on the points spread of 19.5 but the Bulldogs should be winning.
Betting tip: Bulldogs to win @ $1.34 Bet Now
Bulldogs by 16