2021 AFL Round 3 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting tips for AFL Round 3, which starts with Brisbane vs Collingwood on Thursday, April 1.

One thing is for sure; the 2021 AFL season is going to be excellent. We have already had some incredible games and Round 3 matchups are mouthwatering.

Punters get value odds again in Round 3 and we preview every game to find the best bets.


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AFL Round 3 Tips

Thursday 1/04/21

7:40pm Brisbane Lions vs Collingwood Magpies @ Gabba

This game is up in the air at the moment, but we’re hoping it goes as planned.

Brisbane comes off a gut-wrenching loss to the Geelong Cats (81-80), where they should have been given a free kick in the dying stages of the game.

Collingwood scored a 106-85 win over Carlton to get its season back on track, which sets up for a huge game on Thursday.

If the game goes ahead, we expect the Lions to hit back and avoid going 0-3.

Betting tip: Brisbane Lions to winBet @ Sportsbet

Lions by 7

Friday 2/04/21

4:20pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Western Bulldogs @ Marvel Stadium

North Melbourne scored only 39 points against Gold Coast last week and we don’t see things getting any better against the Bulldogs.

The Western Bulldogs scored a gutsy 100-93 over the West Coast Eagles, which holds them in good stead for the rest of the season.

Bookmakers have 41.5 points between the teams, which is a sizable margin, but the Bulldogs should get the job done.

Betting tip: Western Bulldogs –41.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Bulldogs by 52

7:50pm Adelaide Crows vs Gold Coast Suns @ Adelaide Oval

Adelaide couldn’t continue its good start to the season when losing to the Sydney Swans by 33 points on Saturday.

The Crows scored 11 goals and 22 behinds, so it could have been a much better result. However, they have a chance to win at home this week.

Gold Coast comes off a 98-39 win over the hapless Kangaroos, so it wasn’t the best form guide. It will be a much harder game this week and we give the edge to the home side.

Take Adelaide at value odds.

Betting tip: Adelaide Crows to win @ $2.31Bet @ Sportsbet

Crows by 10

Saturday 3/04/21

1:45pm Richmond Tigers vs Sydney Swans @ MCG

Richmond continued its strong start to the season with a 78-49 win over Hawthorn and we’re expecting another victory on Saturday.

The Tigers wouldn’t have been completely happy with their performance and more is needed to beat the Swans, which comes off a tidy win over Adelaide.

Scoring 18 goals is a good performance, so it won’t be easy for Richmond, but they should prove too tough on this occasion.

Betting tip: Richmond Tigers –21.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Tigers by 28

4:35pm Essendon Bombers vs St Kilda Saints @ Marvel Stadium

Essendon could be in for a long season after giving up a late lead in Round 1 and being beaten by Port Adelaide by 54 points last week.

It hasn’t been an ideal start for the Bombers, which has the potential but hasn’t been showing it on the field in 2021.

St Kilda also comes off a loss to Melbourne, but it did enough to get the edge in this game. They kicked 11 goals and if the defense improves, the Saints should handle Essendon.

Betting tip: St Kilda to win @ $1.33Bet @ Sportsbet

Saints by 17

8:10pm West Coast Eagles vs Port Adelaide Power @ Optus Stadium

A close game is expected between the West Coast Eagles and the Port Adelaide Power on Saturday night.

West Coast comes off a loss to the Western Bulldogs, but they were gutsy in defeat. The seven-point loss holds them in good stead against an in-form Port side.

The Power defeated Essendon 119-65 in a dominant display, so their confidence is riding high. Bookmakers have West Coast as slight favourites, but the Power are the value team.

Betting tip: Port Adelaide to win @ $2.02Bet @ Sportsbet

Power by 8

Sunday 4/04/21

3:20pm Carlton Blues vs Fremantle Dockers @ Marvel Stadium

Carlton didn’t play overly poorly against Collingwood last Thursday and it has had time to recover.

The Blues lost by 21 points but it was a close affair throughout the game. It bodes well against Fremantle, which did enough to beat the Giants on Sunday.

The 87-56 victory wasn’t overly inspiring with only 11 goals and 21 behinds scored. They were defensively sound, allowing just 56 points.

We fancy Carlton to get the job done and bookmakers agree.

Betting tip: Carlton –14.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Blues by 21

6:10pm GWS Giants vs Melbourne Demons @ Manuka Oval

Melbourne did well to beat St Kilda last week and they could ride that momentum against the Giants.

GWS were extremely poor against Fremantle, scoring just seven goals and not giving themselves any chance for success.

Playing at home helps but Melbourne is travelling better and we’re not surprised at the odds. Melbourne opened as the $1.73 favourites and given its current form, we don’t disagree.

Punters should expect a close contest.

Betting tip: Melbourne –4.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Demons by 12

Monday 5/04/21

3:20pm Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks @ MCG

Geelong battled well to beat Brisbane last week and we’re not expecting a dip in form against the Hawks.

It was a gutsy effort from the Cats and it showed their title ambitions are still intact. Hawthorn’s might not be after losing to Richmond 78-49 last week.

It wasn’t a great performance and scoring just seven goals and seven behinds won’t get it done against a strong defensive team.

Take Geelong to win on Easter Monday.

Betting tip: Geelong –26.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Cats by 34


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About the Author: Daryl Curnow

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.

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