2021 AFL Round 8 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting tips for AFL Round 8, which starts with Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats on Friday.

An absolute cracker kicks off the action this week and it shouldn’t let up as punters get nine quality games to bet on.

We do the form of every game in the AFL to find the best value picks this week.


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AFL Round 8 Tips

Friday 7/05/21

7:50pm Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats @ MCG

Richmond was back to its best against the Western Bulldogs on Friday night and it was pleasing to see. They were quick to the ball and the pressure was immense.

It will have to be good against the Geelong Cats, who are hurting after losing 90-88 to the Sydney Swans in dramatic fashion.

It was a game that the Cats should have wrapped up, and it won’t do their confidence any good.

Take Richmond to take what should be an exciting contest.

Betting tip: Richmond Tigers to win @ $1.62Bet @ Sportsbet

Tigers 10

Saturday 8/05/21

1:45pm GWS Giants vs Essendon Bombers @ GIANTS Stadium

It was a painful loss for Bombers’ backers last week but they get a chance to right the wrongs against the Giants.

Greater Western Sydney looked excellent when beating the Adelaide Crows last week. They never gave the home side a chance and that’s the challenge that awaits Essendon.

However, we believe in this team and an upset could be brewing. They scored 16 goals against Carlton and although defence was poor, they can improve.

Betting tip: Essendon Bombers to win @ $2.75Bet @ Sportsbet

Bombers by 5

2:10pm Gold Coast Suns vs St Kilda Saints @ Metricon Stadium

Gold Coast did what it needed to do against Collingwood and it holds the Suns in good stead in Round 8.

The Suns won 79-55 and although Collingwood was particularly poor on offence, the Suns pressure forced them into bad shots.

St Kilda were impressive in beating Hawthorn 128-59, but the market is interesting. We expect the Saints to be favourites, but bookmakers have the Suns as $1.90 favourites.

That is a good sign for Gold Coast, so take the home side.

Betting tip: Gold Coast Suns to win @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Suns by 10

4:35pm North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Collingwood Magpies @ Marvel Stadium

North Melbourne played much better against Melbourne last Sunday and its first win won’t be far away. It could come this week against a poor Collingwood outfit.

The Magpies haven’t been able to find much gusto this season, which has been disappointing to watch. They were held in check against Gold Coast and although the Kangaroos have been poor, they are improving.

We don’t think North Melbourne is 20.5 points worse than Collingwood.

Betting tip: North Melbourne Kangaroos +20.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Kangaroos by 3

7:25pm Melbourne Demons vs Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium

It took a long time for Melbourne to grab the lead over North Melbourne, but the Demons pulled away mid-way through the third quarter.

The Demons have been impressive this season and they’ll have a tough job against Sydney, which scored a fantastic win over Geelong last week.

The lull after such a monumental win could come on Saturday, which is why bookmakers have 27.5 points between them. Take that as a sign and go with Melbourne to score comfortably.

Betting tip: Melbourne Demons –27.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Demons by 32

7:40pm Port Adelaide Power vs Adelaide Crows @ Adelaide Oval

Port Adelaide were poor against Brisbane last Saturday. They applied very little pressure and it was a disappointing effort from one of the favourites.

Adelaide was just as disappointing against the Giants, so this game will go to the team that tries hardest.

Port should hit back and bookmakers expect as much. The Power are –28.5-point favorites and punters should expect a much-improved effort.

Betting tip: Port Adelaide Power –28.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Power by 35

Sunday 9/05/21

1:10pm Hawthorn Hawks vs West Coast Eagles @ MCG

It has been a rough season for Hawthorn and we’re expecting it to get harder against West Coast.

We were mightily impressed with the Eagles to soak up the pressure of Fremantle on Sunday to pull away for a 132-73 victory.

They were slick at moving the ball and the kicking was terrific. If the Eagles continue to kick that well, Hawthorn won’t stand a chance.

Bookies have 16.5 points the difference, which shouldn’t be too hard for West Coast to cover.

Betting tip: West Coast Eagles –16.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Eagles by 28

3:20pm Western Bulldogs vs Carlton Blues @ Marvel Stadium

The Bulldogs didn’t show much bark against the Tigers last week, but the game was there for the taking.

We’re not surprised at bookmakers opening the Bulldogs at $1.34 against Carlton. However, $3.29 for a team coming off a big win over Essendon isn’t the worst price.

Producing that effort two weeks straight isn’t easy, so we’re going with the Bulldogs to get back to winning form.

Betting tip: Western Bulldogs –20.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Bulldogs by 25

4:40pm Fremantle Dockers vs Brisbane Lions @ Optus Stadium

Fremantle played well in the first quarter against West Coast but they were outclassed for the rest of the game.

It was a disappointing result for this team, which continues to be well-backed in markets but rarely delivers on game day.

Brisbane was one of the better Round 7 teams, so we like its chances to go back-to-back. The Lions showed great pressure and a repeat will result in a win.

Betting tip: Brisbane Lions –10.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Lions by 14


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Daryl Curnow
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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