It was a wild Round 17 of the AFL last week, which saw both the Hawks get beaten by the Lions and the Power beaten by Fremantle.
Performing well is critical as the playoffs get closer and all 18 teams will be looking to get the points this week, which kicks off with the Saints vs. Tigers on Friday night.
We have free expert tips and form for every Round 18 game this week.
7:50pm St Kilda Saints vs. Richmond Tigers @ Etihad Stadium
It was a case of different fortunes for both of these clubs last week, with the Saints scoring a quality win over Carlton and the Tigers looking horrible against the Lions.
That being said, the Tigers have been heavily-backed to beat the Saints this week but we wouldn’t overlook the improving Saints, which have looked much better over the last five rounds.
Bookmakers have the odds at $1.13 for Richmond but there is value with the home side.
Betting tip: St Kilda +39.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Richmond by 28
1:45pm Collingwood Magpies vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos @ MCG
After showing some potential premiership-winning form throughout the season, the Magpies will be searching for answers following their 102-67 defeat at the hands of the Eagles.
Coming up against the Kangaroos will help their cause, following their 104-98 loss at the hands of the Swans but that performance wasn’t overly concerning, given the opposition.
A loss this week for the Magpies would be a cause for concern but they look good to rebound and we’re predicting a hard-fought victory for the club.
Betting tip: Collingwood to win @ $1.57 (BET NOW)
Collingwood by 22
2:10pm Sydney Swans vs. Gold Coast Suns @ SCG
The Swans are overwhelming favourites to beat the Suns this week and given the form of both clubs last week, it’s tough to see the Swans suffering a loss.
Their 104-98 win over the North Melbourne Kangaroos was a little closer than expected but they got the points in the end and another win looks likely against the Suns, which were well-handled against the Bombers.
The 95-51 loss won’t give the Suns any confidence and this game could get ugly very early.
Betting tip: Sydney –53.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Sydney by 68
4:35pm Essendon Bombers vs. Fremantle Dockers @ Etihad Stadium
The Bombers are firing after scoring a 95-51 win over the Suns last week but more wins are needed to make a playoff push.
Essendon have been a touch Jekyll and Hyde this season but they’re quality at best and facing Fremantle shouldn’t pose too many problems this week, despite the Dockers’ quality performance against the Power last week.
The 59-50 win over Port Adelaide stunned fans and the fact they were able to score only 59 points and win was a credit to their defence.
We’re unsure if they can back that performance up again, however, and the Bombers should come out on top.
Betting tip: Essendon 1-39 @ $2.30 (BET NOW)
Essendon by 30
7:25pm Brisbane Lions vs. Adelaide Crows @ Gabba
After looking average for most of the season, the Lions bounced back nicely and found some quality form.
With a win over the Hawks last week, the Lions will look to take another scalp this week against the Crows, which needed to win last week and did just that.
The 112-97 win over the Geelong Cats was needed to keep their season alive but this is no time to let the foot off the gas. They will need to defeat the Lions this week to keep in touch with the top eight and based on what we saw last week, they should.
Playing away from home is a worry but stick with the Crows.
Betting tip: Adelaide to win @ $1.54 (BET NOW)
Adelaide by 18
7:25pm Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne Demons @ GMBHA Stadium
Melbourne scored its 10th win of the season against the Western Bulldogs last week and it was a much-needed confidence boost for the team.
After starting the season like a house on fire, the Demons did struggle in the middle stages but they’re still well-placed to make a good run for the playoffs.
The Cats hung in there against the Crows last Thursday night and we’re not surprised to see bookmakers open the Cats as the $1.66 favourites.
This should be a great game and there won’t be much separating the two teams, but we’ll give the slight advantage to Geelong.
Betting tip: Geelong to win @ $1.66 (BET NOW)
Geelong by 12
1:10pm Carlton Blues vs. Hawthorn Hawks @ Etihad Stadium
The Hawks suffered a loss they simply couldn’t afford last week against the Lions but most punters will be expecting a quick turnaround here.
They face the Blues, which scored only 52 points against the Saints last week and that kind of performance won’t be winning this game.
Punters will have a tough time trusting the Hawks after what they have showed this season but this should be chalked down as a potentially-easy victory.
Betting tip: Hawthorn –40.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Hawthorn by 50
1:20pm West Coast Eagles vs. Western Bulldogs @ Optus Stadium
The Eagles showed why they’re a force to be reckoned with this season when beating the Magpies 102-67 last week in Melbourne.
That has forced bookmakers to install the Eagles as firm favourites for this game against the Bulldogs and although the Dogs haven’t been that bad this season, they will likely struggle against the Eagles this time around.
Eagles are –41.5 in the points spread betting and although we think the Eagles should win this game, the Bulldogs are good enough to keep it close.
Betting tip: Bulldogs +41.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Eagles by 30
4:10pm Port Adelaide Power vs. GWS Giants @ Adelaide Oval
The Power were woeful last week and it’s going to take plenty for them to recover but playing at home could do the trick.
Losing 59-50 to Fremantle isn’t what any team wants on their record but playing away from home has always been problematic for the Power.
The Giants are coming off a tough win over the Tigers and we respect their talent but stick with the home team at nice odds.
Betting tip: Port Adelaide to win @ $1.75 (BET NOW)
Port Adelaide by 20