We have expert betting tips for AFL Round 2, which starts with Carlton vs Collingwood on Thursday, March 25.
It was an exciting and action-packed Round 1 last week, which included plenty of upset results.
Punters get value odds again in Round 2 and we preview every game to find the best bets.
AFL Round 2 Tips
7:20pm Carlton Blues vs Collingwood Magpies @ MCG
Carlton kicked off its season with a 105-80 loss to Richmond last Thursday, but the Blues have had seven days to prepare for this game.
It wasn’t a bad effort from Carlton, but Richmond was too strong over the concluding stages. Facing Collingwood is easier, so there is upside with the Blues.
Collingwood couldn’t fire against the Western Bulldogs, losing 69-53 and scoring just seven goals. It was a dour effort and we don’t think they deserve to be favourites for this game.
Betting tip: Carlton to win @ $2.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Carlton by 10
7:50pm Geelong Cats vs Brisbane Lions @ GMHBA Stadium
The Geelong Cats and Brisbane Lions were rocked in Round 1, but one of them can bounce back on Friday night.
Geelong was upset by the Adelaide Crows, one of the worst teams in 2020. The 103-91 result was a huge upset, which was on par with Brisbane’s upset loss to Sydney.
Brisbane came in as the 23.5-point favourites but were blown off the park by the Swans. It was a dismal effort in front of a home crowd.
Both teams need a lift, but the value is with the Lions. It could take Geelong a little longer to find its groove this season.
Betting tip: Brisbane Lions to win @ $2.35 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lions by 8
1:45pm Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows @ SCG
Sydney and Adelaide produced two of the biggest upsets in Round 1 and it should make for an exciting contest.
Adelaide played at home and got the better of the Geelong Cats. It carried on from its late-season form I 2020, which was impressive.
Sydney defeated Brisbane in Brisbane, which is not easy to do. It was a gutsy effort and given its size in the middle, we like the Swans to get the job done again.
Adelaide has always been a better team at home, so playing at the SCG could be worrisome.
Betting tip: Sydney Swans to win @ $1.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Swans by 12
4:35pm Port Adelaide Power vs Essendon Bombers @ Adelaide Oval
Port Adelaide scored a professional win in Round 1, beating North Melbourne 117-65 in a dominant outing.
The Power are always tough to beat, especially at Adelaide Oval. That’s the test for Essendon, which suffered a heartbreaking loss against Hawthorn.
Essendon held a sizable lead but choked in the final quarter, losing by a point. It was a tough loss for fans and it might not get any better this week.
Betting tip: Port Adelaide –30.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Power by 37
7:25pm St Kilda Saints vs Melbourne Demons @ Marvel Stadium
St Kilda scored a gritty 86-78 win over GWS and we like their chances of winning again against Melbourne.
The Demons also looked good when scoring an 80-56 win over Fremantle, but we believe in this St Kilda team this season, so there will be value available with bookmakers.
We’re not surprised to see the Saints as favourites and the $1.60 is well worth including in AFL multi bets.
Betting tip: St Kilda to win @ $1.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Saints by 12
8:10pm Gold Coast Suns vs North Melbourne Kangaroos @ Metricon Stadium
Gold Coast had a lead over West Coast with a quarter to go, but they couldn’t hang on for the win on Sunday.
It was a disappointing finish for the Suns, which had looked strong over the first three quarters. A bounce back could be on the cards against North Melbourne, which was thrashed in Round 1.
The Kangaroos lost by 52 points to Port Adelaide and although the Suns aren’t up to that level, they should be too strong for the Roos.
Betting tip: Gold Coast –18.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Suns by 25
1:10pm Hawthorn Hawks vs Richmond Tigers @ MCG
Richmond picked up where it left off last season with a comfortable victory over Carlton last Thursday.
The Tigers have had plenty of time to rest and recover from that game, which doesn’t bode well for the Hawks.
Hawthorn made an impressive start to its season after beating the Bombers. It was a big comeback victory that should give them confidence. However, the level of opposition increases significantly this week.
Take Richmond to score a big win on Sunday.
Betting tip: Richmond Tigers –30.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tigers by 40
3:20pm Western Bulldogs vs West Coast Eagles @ Marvel Stadium
The Bulldogs scored a tough 16-point win over Collingwood last week and there is nothing wrong with that form.
They controlled the game and we’re not surprised to see them as favourites this week. We expect big things from the Bulldogs this season and it was a good start.
West Coast had to battle back from a deficit to beat Gold Coast. It wasn’t convincing, but it got them off the mark.
Take the home side to remain undefeated in 2021.
Betting tip: Western Bulldogs to win @ $1.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bulldogs by 12
6:10pm Fremantle Dockers vs GWS Giants @ Optus Stadium
Fremantle made a disappointing start to its season but we expect an immediate bounce-back performance against the Giants.
GWS was equally disappointing when losing to St Kilda at home. The Giants never found a rhythm and it wasn’t a good showing.
The same can be said for the Dockers, who scored only eight goals against Melbourne. However, it’s a Fremantle team that has upside and can fire up.
Betting tip: Fremantle Dockers to win @ $1.71 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Dockers by 17
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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.