We have expert betting tips for AFL Round 3, which kicks off on Thursday with the Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans.
It has been an exciting start to the AFL season and we have our best AFL betting tips for this week’s action.
AFL Round 3 Tips
7:20pm Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium
We thought the Western Bulldogs would struggle to contain Carlton last week and the 102-90 loss won’t help their chances.
The Sydney Swans have looked good so far after beating the Geelong Cats 107-77 last week, so we expect them to be tough to beat again.
Buddy Franklin continues to play well and we can’t turn down the $1.96 available.
Betting tip: Sydney Swans @ $1.96 Bet @ Picklebet
Swans by 10
7:20pm Melbourne Demons vs Essendon Bombers @ MCG
It wasn’t the most convincing win from Melbourne, but its 82-69 win over Gold Coast is a win on the board.
The Demons won’t need to improve too much to beat the Essendon Bombers, who struggled again last week against the Brisbane Lions.
Most of the early money has come for Melbourne, which is the –24.5 favourite. It’s a big line but the Demons should have enough firepower to get it done.
Betting tip: Melbourne Demons –24.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Picklebet
Demons by 32
8:20pm Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Power @ Adelaide Oval
We love the Adelaide Derby and the both the Crows and Power are desperate for success after disappointing Round 2 efforts.
The Crows were hammered 100-58 on the road against Collingwood, but the Power were more disappointing with a 56-120 loss to Hawthorn at home.
Despite the shocking loss, we’re backing the Power to rebound and score a comfortable win over the Crows.
Betting tip: Port Adelaide Power –16.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Picklebet
Power by 22
1:10pm GWS Giants vs Gold Coast Suns @ GIANTS Stadium
Another two teams coming off losses are the Giants and Suns, but we’re not surprised to see the Giants listed as favourites.
They couldn’t muster enough in a 109-73 loss to the Richmond Tigers, but it was a high-quality game and better than what the Suns showed.
They lost 82-69 to the Demons and scoring only 69 points doesn’t bode well. Take the Giants to win in front of a home crowd.
Betting tip: GWS Giants –13.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Picklebet
Giants by 18
7:25pm Collingwood Magpies vs Geelong Cats @ MCG
We’re not sure what to make of the Geelong Cats dour performance against the Sydney Swans last week.
They got mauled from the outset, but bookmakers have them favoured to beat Collingwood, which comes off an impressive victory.
The Magpies spread their wings when beating Adelaide 100-58 and we think that form could continue in Round 3. Punters get value odds at $2.51, so take the value available.
Betting tip: Collingwood Magpies @ $2.51 Bet @ Picklebet
Magpies by 10
8:00pm Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Kangaroos @ Gabba
North Melbourne scored a deserved win over the East Coast Eagles, but beating a firing Lions squad could be too tough.
The Brisbane Lions scored a gritty 97-75 win over the Bombers last week and they have started the season with a bang.
We think the Lions could have more success and they should easily handle the Kangaroos.
Betting tip: Brisbane Lions –33.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Picklebet
Lions by 42
1:10pm Carlton Blues vs Hawthorn Hawks @ MCG
Bookmakers are starting to take notice of the Carlton Blues, who were good when beating the Western Bulldogs.
It was a professional outing and they’ll need to be good again against the Hawthorn Hawks, who put Port Adelaide to the sword.
The 120-56 win was one of their best in recent history, so being installed as the $2.98 underdog is a touch surprising. However, the Blues present a different challenge.
The line is 16.5 points and it could come down to the final play. Take Carlton to cover the spread with a fourth quarter burst.
Betting tip: Carlton Blues –16.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Picklebet
Blues by 20
3:20pm St Kilda Saints vs Richmond Tigers @ Marvel Stadium
St Kilda didn’t play overly well when beating Fremantle last Sunday, but it’s a win on the board.
The Saints have looked solid in the early stages of the season, but we don’t like their chances of beating the Richmond Tigers, who looked much better last week.
The Tigers unleashed on the Giants and a repeat of that performance should see them covering the –7.5 spread.
However, it could pay to watch where the late money goes with this game. It’s an even market, so a big bet could move the line significantly.
Betting tip: Richmond Tigers –7.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Picklebet
Tigers by 12
6:20pm West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers @ Optus Stadium
We didn’t see much from the Fremantle Dockers last week and scoring 55 points is tough to bounce back from.
However, we didn’t see much from the West Coast Eagles either, who mustered only 59 points against the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
We expect the Dockers to have more improvement and they should get the victory.
Betting tip: Fremantle Dockers Bet @ Picklebet
Dockers by 10
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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.