Punters love betting on the AFL come Easter time as we get to enjoy footy from Thursday through to Monday.
Action kicks off with Lions vs. Magpies and we have free expert tips, form and odds for all nine AFL games in Round 5.
7:35pm Brisbane Lions vs. Collingwood Magpies @ Gabba
The Brisbane Lions looked good before losing to the Bombers last week and we could start to see a decline in their results.
Facing the Magpies this week isn’t going to make it any easier and they’re coming off a 78-64 victory over the Bulldogs last Friday.
Bookmakers have the Magpies as favourites at The Gabba, which isn’t an easy place to play, but they should have the edge over the Lions.
Betting tip: Magpies to win @ $1.60 Bet Now
Magpies by 18
4:20pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Essendon Bombers @ Marvel Stadium
Essendon showed their true selves last week when putting away the Brisbane Lions 112-65. That win will hold the Bombers in good stead but they will be up against it this week.
North Melbourne was strong when beating the Adelaide Crows by 12 points last week. It was a win of a team heading in the right direction and they will enjoy playing at home.
Close game is expected and we’re smelling a minor upset.
Betting tip: Kangaroos to win @ $2.40 Bet Now
Kangaroos by 10
6:10pm West Coast Eagles vs. Port Adelaide Power @ Optus Stadium
The Eagles showed why they’re highly considered this season when beating the Fremantle Dockers last week but they were expected to win by a bigger margin.
We’re not surprised to see the Eagles as the firm favourites once again, especially given the Port Adelaide Power lost by seven points last start.
The seven-point loss came to the Richmond Tigers and although they have the potential to cause an upset here, the Eagles should have their measure.
Betting tip: Eagles –27.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Eagles by 30
1:45pm GWS Giants vs. Fremantle Dockers @ UNSW Stadium
The Giants are travelling nicely this season and this shouldn’t be a tough game for them to win.
GWS is riding high after beating the Geelong Cats last week by four points and considering Fremantle lost to West Coast Eagles, we’re expecting this race to go one way.
Bookies have the line at 35.5 and we’re not surprised by that.
Betting tip: Giants –35.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Giants by 42
4:35pm Melbourne Demons vs. St Kilda Saints @ MCG
The Demons took a long time to show punters their best football but they did it in style last time out.
Scoring a 100-78 win over the Swans last Thursday night will put them in good stead for this and another top effort is expected over the Saints here.
St Kilda, however, also looked good when scoring a 74-69 win over the Hawks last week and if they can continue that form, they’re going to be tough to get past this season.
A closer game than expected here but the Demons should come out on top.
Betting tip: Demons to win @ $1.43 Bet Now
Demons by 10
7:25pm Richmond Tigers vs. Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium
Richmond got the job done last week against Port Adelaide and we’re expecting them to do it again against the Swans.
The Swans were very average in their loss to the Demons last Thursday night and although they’ve had plenty of time to recover, the Tigers have a better team on paper.
They also have momentum and that’s big in the AFL. We’re surprised the bookmakers have the line set at 15.5; we expected something around the 25.5 mark.
Betting tip: Tigers –15.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Tigers by 28
1:10pm Western Bulldogs vs. Carlton Blues @ Marvel Stadium
The Western Bulldogs were beaten by Collingwood last week but they weren’t disgraced. The 78-64 loss won’t help their premiership chances but it won’t completely hurt their confidence.
Carlton are improved this season, but they’re coming off a loss to the Gold Coast Suns and that’s never a good thing.
The Bulldogs find themselves in a good position to score a bounce-back win and we’re expecting that to come comfortably.
Betting tip: Bulldogs –17.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Bulldogs by 29
4:10pm Adelaide Crows vs. Gold Coast Suns @ Adelaide Oval
Punters can’t work out what’s going on with the Adelaide Crows, but if they can’t beat the Suns on Sunday, then there’s something seriously wrong.
Crows should have the wood over the Suns, which did score a win last week against the Blues, but they scored only 59 points in that victory.
Crows can pile on the points when they’re right and although they only scored 59 points last week, it was a poor showing.
Expect much better here.
Betting tip: Crows –27.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Crows by 40
3:20pm Hawthorn Hawks vs. Geelong Cats @ MCG
This should be a cracking contest between the Hawks and the Cats on Easter Monday.
The Cats were 79-75 losers to the Giants last week but it wasn’t an entirely bad performance. They showed some good fight and it should hold them in good stead for this.
Hawthorn were disappointing losers to the Saints and that’s a loss they’re going to want to forget in a hurry.
We can’t help but think the Hawks will bounce back this week but we don’t think it could be enough to win.
Betting tip: Hawks +14.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Cats by 10