We have expert betting tips for both AFL Finals Week 2 games.
Two semi-final games will be played this week, which includes the Geelong Cats vs. West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Lions vs. GWS Giants.
Plenty of excitement is expected from both games and the MCG on Friday will be rocking. So will the Gabba on Saturday but there will be more tension in the air for the home side.
AFL Finals Week 2 Betting Tips
7:50pm Geelong Cats vs. West Coast Eagles @ MCG
The 2019 Finals doesn’t get any easier for the Geelong Cats after losing to the Collingwood Magpies last week.
It was a disappointing 61-51 loss to the Magpies and scoring only 51 points is going to cause plenty of concern. Of course, conditions weren’t ideal but we’ve come to expect more from the Cats this season.
They now have to take on the West Coast Eagles – last year’s champions and it’s going to be a tough battle. The Eagles are coming off a 116-61 dominant win over the Bombers and their confidence is right up.
West Coast never looked threatened last week and with finals experience under their belt, they could easily win four games and repeat as champions again this season.
However, the Cats did finish on top of the regular-season ladder for a reason and they shouldn’t be underestimated. They have shown an ability to bounce back but there’s an overhanging doubt in their fans’ minds.
No matter how well they play throughout the season, they don’t have the best record during the playoffs. Therefore, it’s going to take a big effort for the Cats to score the win over the Eagles.
Going in their favour is home ground advantage. The Eagles played at home last week and that was a massive factor. Cats will have a roaring crowd behind them at the MCG and that could help them turn the tide.
This is a tough game to predict, but we’re going with the Eagles to win narrowly. They have the experience from last season and there’s too many doubts to back the Geelong Cats with any confidence.
Betting tip: Eagles to win @ $1.75 Bet Now
Eagles by 18
7:25pm Brisbane Lions vs. GWS Giants @ Gabba
It was a vastly different Finals Week 1 for the Lions and the Giants. Brisbane were thrashed at home against the Tigers and Giants scored a big victory over the Bulldogs.
Brisbane hadn’t produced such a poor performance all season and it’s worrying for their hopes of winning this game. They were extremely consistent this season, especially at home, so losing 112-65 was indeed a shock result.
Because of their high finishing position during the season, they get the benefit of playing at home again this week. However, the Giants now have their confidence up and they’re a dangerous side.
GWS scored a convincing 113-55 to knock the Western Bulldogs out of the playoffs. That win was a great performance coming into this week and it could give them the confidence they need.
The Giants have always been a side threatening to go to the next level and they might be peaking at the right time.
Playing on the road hasn’t been as easy for the Giants, but the Lions are no lock at home. They showed that last week and the shellshock factor could come into play.
How the Lions rebound from their shocking loss will be intriguing. There’s no doubting their talent, but have they overachieved to get to this point? The Giants were expected to be in this position and that could be a factor come game day.
Bookmakers have the Brisbane Lions as $1.60 favourites but that line is too short for our liking. There’s better value with the Giants at $2.35 and also with the points spread.
The current line is 9.5 and that’s enough points for the Giants to keep this game close on Saturday night.
Betting tip: Giants +9.5 @ $1.91 Bet Now
Giants by 3