Thirteenth round AFL action gets underway on Thursday, June 25th this week and there will once again be some exciting showdowns until it concludes on Sunday, June 28. There are just half a dozen contests scheduled due to byes, but let’s take a look at each match as well as the current wagering odds from CrownBet and the likely winners and losers of these matches.
Thursday, June 25th
Fremantle Dockers vs Collingwood Magpies tips
All of the 13th round action kicks off at Domain Stadium on Friday, June 26th as the league-leading Fremantle Dockers (10-1) will face off against the fourth-place Collingwood Magpies (8-3). Both teams took a rest last week as they had byes in the 12th round. The Dockers are looking to start a new winning streak after starting the 2015 campaign at 9-0 before being stopped by the Richmond Tigers at Domain Stadium in their 10th outing three weeks ago. The Magpies are one of the league’s hottest teams at the moment and will be gunning for their fifth straight win, making this an excellent matchup. The Dockers are firmly favoured with CrownBet in the current head-to-head odds at $1.24 while the Magpies are listed at $4.10 to win. Fans and bettors should look for the Dockers to win a relatively close contest by up to nine points.
Friday, June 26th
Sydney Swans vs Richmond Tigers tips
The action shifts to the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday where the third-place Sydney Swans (9-2) will be hosting the eighth-place Richmond Tigers (6-5). The Swans took round 12 off with a bye while the Tigers dropped a 20-point decision to West Coast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Tigers are 4-1 in their past five outings and will be attempting to get back on the winning track while the Swans are a perfect 5-0 in their last five encounters. The Tigers are the underdogs with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $3.95 while the Swans are $1.26 to win. Fans should expect a good close match here with the Swans eventually taking it by up to 17 points.
Saturday, June 27th
Hawthorn Hawks vs Essendon Bombers tips
The Melbourne Cricket Ground will host Saturday’s clash between the fifth-place Hawthorn Hawks (7-4) and the 13th-place Essendon Bombers (4-7). The Hawks paid a visit to the Adelaide Oval last week and took down the Crows by 29 points while Essendon took the weekend off with a bye. The Hawks will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory while the Bombers will be trying to snap their three-game losing skid. The Hawks are currently the big favourites in the head-to-head market with CrownBet at $1.09 with the Bombers coming in at $7.50 to win. Hawthorn should be able to win this one handily by up to 40 points.
Brisbane Lions vs Adelaide Crows tips
The Gabba will be the site of the Saturday showdown between the 17th-place Brisbane Lions (2-9) and the seventh-place Adelaide Crows (6-5). The Crows dropped a 29-point decision to the Hawthorn Hawks at home at the Adelaide Oval last weekend while the Lions were humiliated by 72 points at the hands of the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium. The Lions will be hoping to avoid their fifth straight loss while the Crows will be aiming to win for the third time in six games. The visiting Crows are understandably favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.28 to win with the Lions at $3.75 to take the points. The bookmakers should be right on this one as fans should see the Crows emerge victorious by up to 32 points.
St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs tips
The 14th-place St Kilda Saints (4-7) are set to square off against the ninth-place Western Bulldogs (6-5) at Etihad Stadium this Saturday. The Bulldogs hammered the Brisbane Lions by an enormous 72 points last week at Etihad Stadium while the Saints rested and regrouped with a bye. The Bulldogs will be looking to win their second on the trot while the Saints will be hoping to do the exact same thing. The Bulldogs are currently the favourites with the CrownBet odds makers at $1.50 to win head-to-head with the Saints at $2.60. Look for the Bulldogs to win their second in a row by taking this contest by 21 points.
Sunday, June 28th
Carlton Blues vs Gold Coast Suns tips
Etihad Stadium will host its second game of the weekend when the 13th round wraps up on Sunday. The 16th-place Carlton Blues (2-9) will be battling it out with the last-place Gold Coast Suns (1-10) in a battle of lower-ladder teams. Carlton upset the Port Adelaide Power last week with a close four-point victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground while the Suns took the week off to lick their wounds courtesy of a bye. Gold Coast is 0 for 5 in their past five contests and will be hoping to climb out of the cellar with a win here. The Blues are currently the favourites here with CrownBet though at $1.57 in the head-to-head market with the Suns at $2.45. The Blues should prove the odds makers right and take this close encounter by just three points.