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We have expert betting tips for AFL Round 18, which starts with Fremantle Dockers vs Geelong Cats on Thursday night.
There are some quality games to enjoy, including Richmond vs Brisbane and St Kilda vs Port Adelaide.
We have done the form to find the best value bets available.
AFL Round 18 Tips
8:10pm Fremantle Dockers vs Geelong Cats @ Optus Stadium
Fremantle comes off a stellar 108-46 win over Hawthorn and it’s a step in the right direction for a team that has been struggling.
However, beating the Geelong Cats is easier said than done. The Cats won 70-44 against Carlton last week, and although it wasn’t a convincing effort, it was good enough.
We expect the Cats to be too strong on Thursday and score another comfortable victory.
Betting tip: Geelong Cats –11.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cats by 22
7:50pm Richmond Tigers vs Brisbane Lions @ MCG
Richmond is enduring a tough period of footy and we’re not sure facing the Brisbane Lions is what they want right now.
The Tigers looked to have Collingwood under control last week, but they lost 87-71. It was a poor result from a team struggling to show their best.
Brisbane is keen to bounce from a loss to St Kilda, which wasn’t expected. However, we have more faith in the Lions and we like them to beat Richmond.
Betting tip: Brisbane Lions –12.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lions by 20
1:45pm GWS Giants vs Sydney Swans @ TBC
The Giants suffered a heart-wrenching 65-64 loss to the Gold Coast Suns on Sunday, which was tough to stomach.
After being behind in the first half, GWS made a third quarter run to lead convincingly. It mattered for little as the Suns got the one-point win.
Sydney comes off a 19-point win over the Western Bulldogs, which was a fine effort. We expect that form to stack up nicely against an inferior team on Saturday.
Betting tip: Sydney Swans to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Swans by 18
4:35pm Gold Coast Suns vs Western Bulldogs @ Metricon Stadium
We were impressed with the Suns ability to come back and beat GWS, but it wasn’t a high-quality affair on Sunday.
It was a much-needed win for the Suns, which have struggled throughout the season. However, beating the Bulldogs won’t be easy.
The Bulldogs were stunned by the Swans in Round 17 by 19 points, and although it was a loss, their form ranks much better than the Suns.
Betting tip: Western Bulldogs –26.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bulldogs by 30
4:35pm Melbourne Demons vs Hawthorn Hawks @ MCG
Melbourne responded to a couple of disappointing weeks with a terrific 86-55 over Port Adelaide in Adelaide. It was a solid bounce back after losing its last couple of games.
Hawthorn has been struggling of late and we expect that to continue on Saturday. The Hawks suffered a 62-point loss to Fremantle and we can’t see them turning that around any time soon.
Melbourne will be sizable favourites and it should score a big victory.
Betting tip: Melbourne Demons –40.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Demons by 51
7:25pm St Kilda Saints vs Port Adelaide Power @ Marvel Stadium
We were disappointed with what the Port Adelaide Power offered against Melbourne. They were playing against one of the premier teams, but their inability to beat top four teams is a worry.
St Kilda comes off a huge upset win over Brisbane and beating the Lions by 32 points is a terrific outcome. The Saints are a team that can push for a top spot and they’re capable of beating the Power.
We’re giving the edge to the Saints in what should be an exciting contest.
Betting tip: St Kilda Saints @ $2.07 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Saints by 16
1:10pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Essendon Bombers @ Marvel Stadium
The Kangaroos continue to struggle and this should be a comfortable victory for the Essendon Bombers.
Essendon was impressive last week when beating Adelaide 84-21, so we’re expecting a similar score line on Sunday.
We believe Essendon has the ability to make a playoff run and losing to teams like North Melbourne is unforgivable, so we can’t see it happening.
Bookmakers have a big line set, which is understandable, but even 20.5 points isn’t high enough.
Betting tip: Essendon Bombers –20.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Essendon by 32
3:20pm Collingwood Magpies vs Carlton Blues @ MCG
Collingwood is proving to be a tough team to follow, but the Magpies looked good beating the Richmond Tigers last week.
It was an unexpected win for the Magpies, who had been struggling for consistency and any sort of momentum this season.
Carlton didn’t show enough against the Cats and we can’t have them on our ticket this week. We are slightly surprised the Magpies are favoured to win.
Betting tip: Collingwood Magpies @ $1.95 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Magpies by 10
4:40pm Adelaide Crows vs West Coast Eagles @ Adelaide Oval
Adelaide was dreadful last week and we can’t see this struggling team turning that effort around any time soon.
The Crows haven’t been able to do much right and although the Eagles have gone through trying times, they should have enough fire power to beat the Crows.
West Coast is the $1.52 favourite and we expect those odds to shorten throughout the week.
Betting tip: West Coast Eagles @ $1.52 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Eagles by 39
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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.