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We have expert betting tips for AFL Round 22, which features the likes of Cats vs Saints, Giants vs Tigers and Dockers vs Eagles.
We have done the form to find the best value bets available for Round 22 of the AFL.
AFL Round 22 Tips
Brisbane Lions vs Collingwood Magpies @ Gabba
The Brisbane Lions got back to their best form with a 64-point win over Fremantle and they should continue their winning run.
Scoring 118 points was a good sight to see for Lions’ fans, and although Collingwood has improved over the last few weeks, the 97-78 loss to Hawthorn was a step in the wrong direction.
It should be a comfortable victory for the Lions with the help of home ground advantage.
Betting tip: Brisbane Lions to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Lions by 21
Geelong Cats vs St Kilda Saints @ GMHBA Stadium
Geelong didn’t do its title hopes any help by losing to GWS last week and it needs to bounce back against the tough St Kilda Saints.
St Kilda scored an upset win over the Sydney Swans 93-64. It was a big effort from the Saints to beat one of the form teams of the competition.
Geelong is still in a good position and it should be able to recover and make a push for the minor premiership with only two rounds left.
Betting tip: Geelong Cats to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cats by 19
Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers @ Metricon Stadium
Essendon remained in finals contention with a clutch 97-84 win over the Western Bulldogs and another win looms over the Suns.
The Bombers need to win out to have a chance of making the playoffs, so beating teams like the Suns is needed. Gold Coast comes off a win over Carlton, but they are typically there for the taking.
It’s time for Essendon to step up when expected and we expect them to get the job done.
Betting tip: Essendon Bombers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bombers by 12
GWS Giants vs Richmond Tigers @ GIANTS Stadium
The Giants and Tigers come off outstanding wins in Round 21 when they had their backs against the wall.
GWS scored a 19-point win over the Geelong Cats and the Tigers turned around a significant halftime deficit to run down the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
The Giants’ win was visually the more impressive and they have snuck into a playoff position, so they’ll be keen to hold onto it. Beating the two-time defending champions isn’t easy, but we’re picking the home side to come through.
Betting tip: GWS Giants to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Giants by 10
Hawthorn Hawks vs Western Bulldogs @ UoT Stadium
Hawthorn has been a tough team to predict over the last few months. The Hawks scored a 97-78 win over Collingwood last week and they looked excellent, but consistency is tough to come by.
The Western Bulldogs suffered a 13-point loss to Essendon, which came at the wrong time. They need to make a push for the top four, but the loss puts them on the back foot.
Due to the magnitude of this game, we’re going with the Western Bulldogs to win. They are the better team and should rebound with a comfortable victory.
Betting tip: Western Bulldogs to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bulldogs by 26
Melbourne Demons vs Adelaide Crows @ MCG
The Demons are on track for the minor premiership and we don’t think the Adelaide Crows will pull off an almighty upset.
Melbourne overcame a lightning strike to beat West Coast 72-63 on Monday night, but the winning margin didn’t reflect their dominance. The Eagles came out after the 30-minute delay on fire after Melbourne was easily on control.
Adelaide played well against Port last week, but we don’t think it will come close to the Demons in Round 22.
Betting tip: Melbourne Demons to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Demons by 40
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium
North Melbourne looked set to claim the scalp of the Richmond Tigers, but they came out with nothing after halftime.
The Kangaroos were 20 points up at the half, but a shocking second half allowed Richmond to get back in the fight before pulling away with ease.
Sydney also suffered a loss to the Saints, which wasn’t what they needed. Against this level of opposition, we expect the Swans to get back to their winning ways.
Betting tip: Sydney Swans to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Swans by 22
Port Adelaide Power vs Carlton Blues @ Adelaide Oval
Port Adelaide survived a scare against the Crows last week, but they remain a chance to win the minor premiership.
The Power are used to winning the minor prem, but a slip up to the Carlton Blues would all but eliminate them from the race.
Carlton showed little against the Gold Coast Suns and that’s not a loss you want on your record. We expect more of the same at the Adelaide Oval where Port should come away with an easy win.
Betting tip: Port Adelaide Power to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Power by 37
Fremantle Dockers vs West Coast Eagles @ Optus Stadium
Fremantle is a tough team to follow, especially after producing just 54 points against the Lions on Sunday. It was another dismal performance from the Dockers, who have disappointed more often than not this season.
West Coast is in a similar boat, but at least it rallied to lose by only nine points against Melbourne. The Eagles are in a tough position, but they need a win to have any chance of a playoff spot.
With so much on the line, we’re picking West Coast to come out on top.
Betting tip: West Coast Eagles to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Eagles by 11
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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.