Round 1 of the new AFL presented punters with plenty of excitement and plenty of upset results.
Eight teams were kept under 66 points but we’re expecting more free-flowing footy this week as teams become more cohesive.
Round 2 kicks off with Tigers vs. Magpies and it sets us up for another terrific week of AFL action.
7:20pm Richmond Tigers vs. Collingwood Magpies @ MCG
The Tigers got their season off to a winning start when beating the Carlton Blues last week and they could continue that momentum over the Magpies, which could be reeling after an opening loss.
Magpies couldn’t back up their 2018 Grand Final appearance with a win in the opening week, going down to the Geelong Cats in what was a scrappy affair.
They should be better for that experience here and they could cause a minor upset.
Betting tip: Magpies to win @ $1.97 Bet Now
Magpies by 4
7:50pm Sydney Swans vs. Adelaide Crows @ SCG
The season couldn’t have started any worse for the Crows, losing to the Hawks and losing a few key players to injury.
That doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season, which makes Friday’s game over the Swans a must-win for the club. The Swans were average in defeat to the Bulldogs last week, scoring only 65 points and although the Crows scored only 55 points, they should improve more.
Tough game to call and we’re not fans of backing desperate teams in Round 2.
Betting tip: Swans to win @ $2 Bet Now
Swans by 10
4:35pm Essendon Bombers vs. St Kilda Saints @ Marvel Stadium
The Bombers certainly bombed in Round 1, losing to the Giants 112-40. It was one of the worst losses the club has endured and it’s not a great way to kick off the season.
St Kilda, on the other hand, will derive plenty of confidence from their narrow 85-84 win over the Suns.
That holds them in good stead for this and we can’t quite believe the odds on offer for the Saints. $3.50 is a good-value price.
Betting tip: Saints to win @ $3.50 Bet Now
Saints by 10
4:40pm Port Adelaide Power vs. Carlton Blues @ Adelaide Oval
The Power often start their season in hot form and that was evident last week when they defeated the highly-touted Melbourne Demons 87-61.
The 26-point victory should give them plenty of confidence going forward and playing the aptly-named Blues won’t present them with many challenges.
Expecting a Port Adelaide Power win and by some margin.
Betting tip: Power -35.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Port Adelaide by 44
7:25pm Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne Demons @ GMBHA Stadium
The Cats roared last week when upsetting Collingwood on Friday night and they’re looking to start 2-0 against the Melbourne Demons.
Geelong didn’t do anything overly special in their win, but despite being a couple of goals down early, they battled back and took control in the final quarter.
For the Demons, it wasn’t a good start to the season and considering they’re tipped to make the semifinals, they will need to improve significantly.
Scoring only 61 points won’t be good enough for the Demons.
Betting tip: Cats to win @ $1.50 Bet Now
Cats by 20
8:10pm West Coast Eagles vs. GWS Giants @ Optus Stadium
The GWS Giants are underdogs for this game despite winning 112-40 against Essendon and the Eagles were 102-58 losers to the Lions.
We’re guessing bookmakers are taking home-ground advantage into account here and that’s fair, but we’re taking the Eagles on faith after what they showed last week.
Senior players will need to stand up against this dangerous Giants team but we’re confident they can bounce back and get off the bottom of the table.
Betting tip: Eagles –17.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Eagles by 22
1:10pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Brisbane Lions @ Marvel Stadium
There was confidence in the market around the Lions last week and it paid off. They scored a quality 102-58 win over the Eagles and they’re a confidence team which could strike again.
The Kangaroos were average against the Fremantle Dockers, losing 141-59, and considering the Dockers form over the last few years, that’s a pretty bad loss.
Travelling won’t be easy for the Lions and it never is, but this team has a spark and a chance of winning this.
Betting tip: Lions to win @ $2.10 Bet Now
Lions by 7
3:20pm Hawthorn Hawks vs. Western Bulldogs @ MCG
The Hawks played the first game of the 2019 AFL season and they played it perfectly, scoring a 97-64 win over the Blues.
Looking to build on that win, the Hawks will hope to hold off the Western Bulldogs, which scored a 82-65 win over the Sydney Swans.
This should be a close game but the Hawks are always tough to beat at home and we’re giving them the slight advantage on Sunday afternoon.
Betting tip: Bulldogs +16.5 @ $1.92 Bet Now
Hawks by 10
3:40pm Gold Coast Suns vs. Fremantle Dockers @ Metricon Stadium
The Suns would have been heartbroken after suffering a one-point loss to the Saints last week and they’re going to have a hard time this week against the Dockers.
Fremantle was impressive in Round 1, winning 141-59 over the Kangaroos and they might have gone to a new level this season.
Bookmakers have installed the Dockers as massive 33.5-point favourites and although that’s not easy to cover, the Suns are known to give up big losses.
Betting tip: Dockers –33.5 @ $1.92 Bet Now
Dockers by 52