It was great to see AFL action return last week and we now move to Round 3. More quality games are being played this week, which kicks off on Thursday.
We have expert betting tips for all nine AFL Round 3 games this week.
AFL Round 3 Tips
7:40pm Richmond Tigers vs. Hawthorn Hawks @ MCG
Richmond made a good comeback against the Collingwood Magpies on Thursday, but they would have felt as though they let one slip.
After being behind 25-1 after the first quarter, they had plenty to do. However, the Tigers led by a point with only a minute remaining.
The draw result didn’t please anyone, but we’re expecting the Tigers to put away the Hawks, which lost to Geelong 108-47.
Betting tip: Richmond –17.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Richmond by 28
7:50pm Western Bulldogs vs. GWS Giants @ Marvel Stadium
Both the Bulldogs and Giants are coming off disappointing Round 2 losses. The Giants were upset at home by the Kangaroos (60-80) and the Bulldogs lost to the Saints (88-49).
They will need to rebound back to their best here, but only one team will come away with the win. We think that will be the Giants, which have a higher ceiling this season.
GWS should be able to iron out the kinks and produce a much better performance.
Betting tip: GWS to win @ $1.62 Bet Now
GWS by 10
1:45pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium
The Kangaroos pulled off the upset win over the Giants last week and that momentum could carry on to Round 3.
Scoring 12 goals will give North Melbourne plenty of confidence and they face a team that wasn’t good enough to beat the Bombers.
Sydney lost by six points to Essendon on Sunday and although there were positives to take out of that game, it was still a loss.
A competitive game is expected here but give the edge to the Kangaroos.
Betting tip: North Melbourne to win @ $1.68 Bet Now
North Melbourne by 12
4:35pm Collingwood Magpies vs. St Kilda Saints @ MCG
It is never easy coming off a draw, but the Magpies should take plenty of benefit from their Round 2 outing.
Despite leading 25-1 after one quarter, it ended up being a good draw for the home side. They scored a late behind to tie the game, which was a fair result from a tight contest.
The Saints are coming off a tidy 88-49 win over the Western Bulldogs. They scored 14 goals and that is a good sign for the rest of the season.
Collingwood has the class edge, however, so we are tipping them to win.
Betting tip: Collingwood –17.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Collingwood by 22
7:40pm Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast Eagles @ Gabba
The Lions fought hard for their 81-69 win over Fremantle and although it wasn’t the most impressive performance, it had merit.
The same can’t be said for the West Coast Eagles, which suffered a very poor loss to the Gold Coast Suns. The 90-46 defeat won’t do their confidence any good and it could be hard to bounce back from.
We are expecting good performances from the Lions this season and they could be tough to beat in these conditions.
Betting tip: Brisbane to win @ $1.83 Bet Now
Brisbane by 11
7:40pm Geelong Cats vs. Carlton Blues @ GMHBA Stadium
It was heartbreak for the Blues last week when losing by a point to the Melbourne Demons. They were guilty of kicking too many behinds and not enough goals, but the game was there for the taking.
They are facing a much harder task against the Geelong Cats this week. The Cats looked strong when beating the Hawks 108-47, which was a dominant performance.
Punters should be expecting a similar score line this week.
Betting tip: Geelong –29.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Geelong by 40
1:05pm Gold Coast Suns vs. Adelaide Crows @ Metricon Stadium
The Suns are coming off a rare win when beating the Eagles 90-46. It was a shock result in the AFL and even more shocking would be going back-to-back.
However, they’re squaring off against the Adelaide Crows, who didn’t impress many with their Round 2 showing.
The 110-35 loss to Port Adelaide was awful and many critics are labelling them as a bottom four team. We’re not sure if there is enough confidence to bounce back and win this game.
Betting tip: Gold Coast to win @ $1.83 Bet Now
Gold Coast by 7
3:35pm Essendon Bombers vs. Melbourne Demons @ MCG
Two Round 2 winners square off against each other as the Bombers take on the Demons.
Essendon were too good for the Sydney Swans last week, scoring a six-point victory. It should give them confidence going forward but the Demons also have confidence.
Melbourne was able to beat Carlton by a point and although that’s not the best form guide, getting the win was important.
Scoring only eight goals is a worry and the Bombers could take advantage.
Betting tip: Essendon @ $1.95 Bet Now
Essendon by 9
6:05pm Fremantle Dockers vs. Port Adelaide Power @ Metricon Stadium
Port Adelaide were one of the more impressive teams last week, scoring a runaway victory over the Adelaide Crows.
The same can’t be said for the Dockers, which suffered a 12-point loss to the Brisbane Lions. They will need to lift their game in order to beat a confidence Power side.
Bookmakers have sided with the Power and that’s not surprising.
Betting tip: Port Adelaide –19.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Port Adelaide by 27
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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.