Round 8 starts with a bang as the Hawks take on the Swans this Friday night.
After another great week of AFL action, punters get nine games to bet on this round, including a super Saturday which features six games.
We have free AFL tips and form for every game this week.
7:50pm Hawthorn Hawks vs. Sydney Swans @ MCG
Friday night opens with what could be the game of the round.
The Hawks are coming off a gritty 90-76 win over the Bombers last Saturday afternoon and the Swans are coming off a two-point loss at home to the Kangaroos.
This game is shaping up to be an important win for both teams but the form is on the board for the Hawks, which are surprisingly paying $1.87 to win.
That’s a nice price for the home side and we’ll happily take the value on offer.
Betting tip: Hawks to win @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
Hawks by 16
1:45pm GWS Giants vs. West Coast Eagles @ Spotless Stadium
Another great game follows the blockbuster Friday night clash as the Giants take on the Eagles.
This is an important game for the Giants, which looked horrible last week when losing 93-32 to the Cats. Despite that performance, bookmakers have installed the Giants as the $1.68 favourites against the Eagles.
The Eagles were impressive when beating Port Adelaide 102-60 last week and they currently sit in a strong position on the AFL ladder in second position.
Playing away from home is another challenge and many punters are predicting the Giants to be much better than last week.
Betting tip: Giants to win @ $1.68 (BET NOW)
Giants by 11
2:10pm Carlton Blues vs. Essendon Bombers @ MCG
After an impressive start to the season, the wheels have started to fall off at Essendon.
Now with only two wins from seven games, the proud club finds themselves in a must-win game against cellar-dwellers Carlton.
It hasn’t been a great season to date for Carlton, which has yet to win a game and scoring points has been the biggest challenge.
They have scored only 466 points across seven games and the Bombers should be able to put up a big number this week.
Betting tip: Essendon -24.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Essendon by 32
4:35pm Gold Coast Suns vs. Melbourne Demons @ The Gabba
The Melbourne Demons are a team that look set to make the playoffs and they scored another win against the Saints last week.
Although they currently sit in 10th position after four wins and three losses, they have looked like an improving club which has a good deal of confidence.
The Suns have trended backwards after a solid start to the season and they fought well last week, but ultimately came up short against the Bulldogs.
This game might be closer than bookmakers are expecting but the Demons should come out ahead.
Betting tip: Melbourne to win @ $1.30 (BET NOW)
Melbourne by 24
4:40pm Port Adelaide Power vs. Adelaide Crows @ Adelaide Oval
It was a shaky start to the season for the Crows but they have hit top gear and this all-Adelaide clash should be a cracker.
The Crows are coming off a 125-70 win over an inferior opponent last week and they’re building some nice momentum at this stage of the season.
The same can’t be said for the Power, which started the season like a house on fire but that has slowly burnt off as the season continues.
A loss to the Eagles last week was a step in the wrong direction and there’s no home ground advantage this week.
Crows look the best bet here.
Betting tip: Crows to win @ $1.53 (BET NOW)
Adelaide by 22
7:25pm Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Lions @ Etihad Stadium
We still can’t fathom why the Lions are getting continuous support in the betting and it’s happened again.
Despite losing every game this season, the Lions are paying only $2.97 for this game against the Bulldogs and we think they should be paying at least $4.20.
The Dogs come into this having scored a good win over the Suns last week and they won’t have to be at their best to beat the Lions here.
The $1.40 is great value and a good multi-bet inclusion.
Betting tip: Bulldogs to win @ $1.40 (BET NOW)
Bulldogs by 30
8:10pm Fremantle Dockers vs. St Kilda Saints @ Optus Stadium
It has been a dismal start to the season for the Saints with one win, one draw and five losses.
Finding form can be tough in the AFL but they do have a chance to notch their second win against the Dockers this week, which have won three of their seven games.
Bookmakers have the Dockers as the –26.5 favourites but we’re not sure there’s much between these two sides and this could be a low-scoring grudge match.
Betting tip: Saints +26.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Fremantle by 16
1:20pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Richmond Tigers @ Etihad Stadium
Richmond are the firm favourites to win here and continue their good run this season.
Having beaten the Dockers 110-33 last week, Richmond looks set to make another deep playoff appearance and although it’s early in the season, there’s plenty to like about their form.
The Kangaroos are doing enough to stay in the thick of the action with four wins and three losses, but facing the Tigers is going to test their strengths.
Richmond should continue their winning habit.
Betting tip: Tigers 1-39 @ $2.10 (BET NOW)
Richmond by 30
3:20pm Collingwood Magpies vs. Geelong Cats @ MCG
The Cats are coming off a 93-32 thrashing of the Giants and they’re currently the favourites to score again.
Collingwood scored a 121-114 win over the Lions last week and we thought they would have scored more comfortably.
There are concerning signs for the Magpies at this stage of the season and it’s something the Cats could take advantage of.
This should be a close game to end the round.
Betting tip: Geelong to win @ $1.53 (BET NOW)
Geelong by 15