Round 8 of the AFL is upon us and we have expert betting tips for all nine games on the schedule.
Eight of the nine games played last week were taken out by the home team but the odds of that happening this week is extremely slim.
7:50pm Sydney Swans vs. Essendon Bombers @ SCG
Both the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers are looking to rebound after Round 7 losses to the Lions and Cats respectively.
It’s hard to suggest which team was better on the day but we’re giving the edge to the Bombers, which faced the much harder team.
Playing on the road won’t be easy this week for Essendon but bookmakers are favouring them and they should get the job done in a close contest to open Round 9.
Betting tip: Bombers to win @ $1.42 Bet Now
Bombers by 12
1:45pm Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Lions @ Mars Stadium
There are many positions between these two on the ladder with the Bulldogs at 12th and Lions at 4th, but bookmakers are predicting a home win.
That’s because the Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 99-52 win over Richmond last week and they could start stringing wins together now.
There’s no doubting the Lions are the better side at this point in time, but they are suspect away from home and that could be telling here.
Betting tip: Bulldogs to win @ $1.55 Bet Now
Bulldogs by 14
1:45pm Carlton Blues vs. Collingwood Magpies @ MCG
Collingwood are the overwhelming favourites to beat the Blues and we’re not surprised by the odds.
Carlton were the only team to lose at home last week when scoring only 62 points to the 120 put up by North Melbourne. It was a disappointing effort after showing some improvement this season.
The Magpies continued their hot run with a 108-69 win over Port Adelaide and they’re now looking like the team that had one hand on the AFL Premiership trophy last season.
This game shouldn’t be close.
Betting tip: Magpies –45.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Magpies by 56
4:35pm Gold Coast Suns vs. Melbourne Demons @ Metricon Stadium
Not much is expected of the Gold Coast Suns this season and they’re showing us why. They’re coming off another loss last week and they could rack up another one this week.
Melbourne has also been disappointing this season but they found form when beating the Hawthorn Hawks last week and that’s the confidence-building win they need.
They still have some way to go to win over punters, hence the cautious odds on offer, but we’re predicting a Demons win here.
Betting tip: Demons –18.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Demons by 21
7:25pm St Kilda Saints vs. West Coast Eagles @ Marvel Stadium
This is shaping up to be a close contest with the Saints looking to rebound after losing to the Lions last week.
St Kilda has been solid this season, without being brilliant, but a win over the Eagles would put them back on the playoff radar.
The Eagles were 80-57 winners over the Suns last week but it wasn’t the stellar performance many had predicted. They were massive favourites and the 23-point winning margin was slightly disappointing.
That being said, West Coast should have too much class for the Saints on this occasion.
Betting tip: Eagles –16.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Eagles by 25
8:10pm Port Adelaide Power vs. Adelaide Crows @ Adelaide Oval
This is always a great game to watch and both Adelaide-based teams fight for the competition points this Saturday.
Port Adelaide is looking to rebound after being thumped by Collingwood last week but they have always played well at Adelaide Oval and that will help.
The Crows scored only 51 points last week but amazingly came away with a 17-point victory. Holding Fremantle to 34 points was a good defensive effort and that holds them in good stead for this.
Crows have seemingly found their groove.
Betting tip: Crows to win @ $1.65 Bet Now
Crows by 14
1:10pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Geelong Cats @ Marvel Stadium
The Geelong Cats are on the prowl and they’re looking like one of the leading premiership contenders this season.
Coming off an 86-54 win over the Bombers on Sunday, the Cats will look to add the Kangaroos to the recent winners list and it’s starting to grow nicely.
Kangaroos were big 120-62 winners over Carlton last week and that’s going to give them plenty of confidence, but the real test comes at Marvel Stadium this week.
Bookmakers have the line at 26.5 and the Kangaroos could do enough to keep this game close.
Betting tip: Kangaroos +26.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Cats by 22
3:20pm Hawthorn Hawks vs. GWS Giants @ MCG
Hawthorn is coming off a narrow loss to the Melbourne Demons last week and they wouldn’t have lost many admirers with that effort.
They’re currently the underdogs at home against the GWS Giants, following their 114-70 win over the Saints and that was a quality effort.
Giants are a dangerous team on their day and all things being equal, they should have too much class for the Hawks, despite playing at home.
The line is 15.5 and the Giants should cover it.
Betting tip: Giants –15.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Giants by 30
3:20pm Fremantle Dockers vs. Richmond Tigers @ Optus Stadium
These two teams have been playing well this season and a top game is expected on Sunday afternoon.
Fremantle will need to put a poor performance behind them after scoring only 34 points against the Crows but conditions didn’t help.
Tigers were 99-52 losers to the Western Bulldogs and they too will be looking for a quick turnaround in form.
There’s little separating them in the betting and it should be a tight one.
Betting tip: Tigers to win @ $1.85 Bet Now
Tigers by 10