Round 2 of the AFL featured plenty of excitement and crushing injury blows for many of the high-quality teams.
Punters will be looking forward to a great betting round this week, which starts with the Crows vs. Cats on Thursday night.
It’s largely an even betting round which should provide plenty of value for punters.
AFL Round 3 Betting Tips
7:50pm Adelaide Crows vs. Geelong Cats @ Adelaide Oval
The Crows scored a much-needed win over the Swans last week, winning 88-62 and that should put them in a good mind frame coming into Round 3.
Playing the Cats won’t be easy as they’re coming off a stunning 126-46 win over the Melbourne Demons, but playing at home is a positive and we’re not surprised to see bookmakers install the Crows as slight favourites.
Attitude will win this game and if the Crows want to be taken seriously as a contender this season, a good showing will be needed here.
Betting tip: Crows to win @ $1.70 Bet Now
Crows by 18
7:50pm Melbourne Demons vs. Essendon Bombers @ MCG
It hasn’t been a happy start for either club this season and it’s tough to predict a result this week.
Melbourne has been dreadful to start the season and given their 2018 efforts, it’s quite shocking to see. They were predicted as a top-four team but they have looked like a wooden spoon contender to date.
Not much can be said for the Bombers either, which lost again to the Saints in Round 2. They are also coming off a strong 2018 but have started on the back foot.
Demons are favoured to win but this should be a close contest between two desperate teams.
Betting tip: Bombers +15.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Demons by 12
3:45pm Carlton Blues vs. Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium
The Swans couldn’t muster enough against the Crows last week but they did provide enough to suggest they could beat the Blues this week.
Carlton pushed Port Adelaide to within 16 points last week at Adelaide Oval and that’s not a bad result, but they continue to struggle with consistency in the AFL.
Bookmakers are predicting the Swans to do the business at Marvel Stadium and we would have to agree, but it shouldn’t be a one-sided game.
Betting tip: Swans to win @ $1.38 Bet Now
Swans by 14
6:35pm GWS Giants vs. Richmond Tigers @ Giants Stadium
Injury problems have struck the Tigers, which were disappointing 66-110 losers against the Magpies on Thursday night.
That result couldn’t have been any worse for the Tigers and they now face a Giants team which will be smarting after getting thumped last week.
Giants lost 104-52 against the West Coast Eagles and the Giants will be looking to rebound against the wounded Tigers.
This is the best chance for the Giants to beat the Tigers and most of the money has come for the home side in the early markets.
Betting tip: Giants to win @ $1.70 Bet Now
Giants by 8
7:25pm Brisbane Lions vs. Port Adelaide Power @ Gabba
Brisbane were behind for a majority of the game against North Melbourne last Sunday but they pulled off a nice comeback performance to score 107-87.
Winning away from home is going to help this improving AFL side and they can score another quality win over the Power this week, which won’t be easy.
The Power have started their season fairly and they’re a much better side at home, but they could still put up plenty of points on the Lions. Power has a good attacking force and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him score in excess of 120.
That being said, Lions have impressed us to date and playing at the Gabba helps.
Betting tip: Lions to win @ $1.70 Bet Now
Lions by 6
7:25pm Collingwood Magpies vs. West Coast Eagles @ MCG
Collingwood notched their first win of the season against Richmond last week and they did it easily.
The 110-66 win should give them confidence going forward and the same can be said for the Eagles, which were impressive 104-52 winners respectively.
The Magpies have the team that could see them in another Grand Final this season and they lacked confidence in Round 1, but that should be back now and punters should start to see some more consistent results.
We’re sticking with the Magpies in what should be a highlight contest.
Betting tip: Magpies to win @ $1.50 Bet Now
Magpies by 10
2:20pm Western Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast Suns @ Marvel Stadium
The Bulldogs are heavily-favoured to win this game after going the first two rounds unbeaten and we can’t see the Suns being good enough to win.
The Suns do have a win to their name but they’re still $501 to win the premiership, whereas the Bulldogs have firmed nicely into $21.
This shouldn’t be a close game and we’re expecting the Bulldogs to put up a big number and cover the 34.5-point spread.
Betting tip: Bulldogs –34.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Bulldogs by 48
3:20pm Hawthorn Hawks vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos @ MCG
There isn’t much between these two sides in the betting and there’s likely to be too much between them this Sunday.
Hawthorn has a win on the board but also some injury worries. Although they sit on four points, which is better than no points for the Kangaroos, those injuries could swing this game in favour of the visiting side.
North Melbourne could cause an upset here and we’ll take the points on offer.
Betting tip: Kangaroos +14.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Kangaroos by 4
5:20pm Fremantle Dockers vs. St Kilda Saints @ Optus Stadium
Neither team is expected to have a good season, especially the Saints which are currently quoted at $151 to win the premiership.
Fremantle is slightly shorter in the market and having scored one win from two games is a relatively good start considering their roster top to bottom.
This won’t be an overly exciting game to end the week but punters can make some money betting on the Dockers.
Betting tip: Dockers –18.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Dockers by 24