The 14th round of the 2015 AFL campaign kicks off on Thursday, July 2nd and will run up until Sunday, July 5th. There are plenty of excellent matchups among the scheduled nine games for fans and bettors alike. So 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 intriguing contests.
Thursday, July 2nd
Sydney Swans vs Port Adelaide tips
All of the 14th round action kicks off at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, July 2nd when the third-place Sydney Swans (9-3) will host the 12th-place Port Adelaide Power (5-7). The Swans were taken down last week by the Richmond Tigers at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the visitors ground out an 18-point win. Meanwhile, Port Adelaide had the week off with a bye. The Swans are 4-1 in their last five outings while Port Adelaide will be trying to end a two-game losing skid. Not surprisingly, the Swans are the firm favourites with CrownBet in the current head-to-head odds at $1.55 while the Power is listed at $2.45 to win. Fans and bettors should look for the Swans to win this contest by up to 23 points.
Friday, July 3rd
Collingwood Magpies vs Hawthorn Hawks tips
The action shifts to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday where the fourth-place Hawthorn Hawks will be taking on the fifth-place Collingwood Magpies in a great matchup. Both clubs enter the game with identical 8-4 records on the season. The Hawks downed the Essendon Bombers at the MCG last week by 38 big points while the Magpies dropped a close seven-point decision to top-of-the-table Fremantle Dockers at Domain Stadium. The Hawks are gunning for their fifth straight victory while Collingwood enters the contest at 4-1 in their last five fixtures and are hoping to get right back on the winning track. The Magpies are currently the underdogs with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $3.80 while the Hawks are $1.27 to win. Fans should expect a good match here with the Hawks eventually taking it by up to 18 points.
Saturday, July 4th
Richmond Tigers vs Greater Western Sydney Giants tips
Fans will be right back at the Melbourne Cricket Ground again on Saturday for the clash between the sixth-place Richmond Tigers (7-5) and the ninth-place Greater Western Sydney Giants, who are also 7-5 on the campaign. The Tigers traveled to Sydney last week and upended the hometown Swans by 18 points at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Giants had time to rest last week with a bye. The Tigers are 4-1 in their last five attempts after losing two rounds ago while the Giants will be trying to make sure their current losing streak isn’t extended to three games. The Tigers are currently the big favourites in the head-to-head market with CrownBet at $1.23 with the Giants coming in at $4.20 to win. Richmond should be able to win this one quite handily by up to about 25 points.
Gold Coast Suns vs North Melbourne Kangaroos tips
Metricon Stadium will be the site of the Saturday showdown between the last-place Gold Coast Suns (1-11) and the 11th-place North Melbourne Kangaroos (6-6). Gold Coast was drilled by 34 points at the hands of the Carlton Blues in round 13 at the Etihad Stadium while North Melbourne took the round off with a bye. The Suns have lost each one of their past five outings while the Kangaroos are 2-3 in their past five. North Melbourne is understandably favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.35 to win with the Suns at $3.20 to take the points. The bookmakers should be right on this one as fans should see the Kangaroos emerge victorious here by up to 30 points.
Western Bulldogs vs Carlton Blues tips
The eighth-place Western Bulldogs (7-5) are set to square off against the 16th-place Carlton Blues (3-9) at Etihad Stadium this Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated the St Kilda Saints by a close six points last weekend at the Etihad while the Blues were busy handing the Gold Coast Suns a 34-point beating for just their third victory of the season, also at the Etihad. The Bulldogs will be looking to win their third match on the trot while the Blues will be hoping to do the exact same thing. The Bulldogs are currently the favourites with the CrownBet odds makers at $1.52 to win head-to-head with the Blues at $2.55. Look for the Bulldogs to win their third in a row by taking this contest by 22 points.
Melbourne Demons vs West Coast Eagles tips
TIO Stadium will host the Saturday encounter between the 15th-place Melbourne Demons (4-8) and the second-place West Coast Eagles (9-3). Both teams were out of action last week as they enjoyed their 13th-round byes. The Eagles will be shooting for their third consecutive triumph while the Demons will be gunning for their third win in six game. The West Coast Eagles are currently the firm favourites here with CrownBet at $1.25 in the head-to-head market with the Demons at $4.00. The Eagles should prove the odds makers right and take this contest pretty handily by up to 40 points.
Sunday, July 5th
Essendon Bombers vs St Kilda Saints tips
It’s back to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when the 13th-place Essendon Bombers (4-8) will square off against the 14th-place St Kilda Saints, who also sport a 4-8 record on the year. Essendon were smoked by 38 points at the hands of the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground a week ago while St Kilda managed to get past the Western Bulldogs by six points at the Etihad. St Kida enters the contest with three defeats in their past five outings while the Bombers have tasted defeat four times in a row. However, Essendon is favoured with the CrownBet bookmakers in the head-to-head market at $1.62 while the Saints are tipped at $2.30 to win. Punters should expect to see Essendon capture a 10-point victory here.
Adelaide Crows vs Geelong Cats tips
The Adelaide Oval will see some action this weekend when the hometown Adelaide Crows will face off against the visiting Geelong Cats. The Crows enter the match in seventh place on the ladder with a 7-5 record while the 10th-place Cats are 6-6 on the season. The Crows took care of the struggling Brisbane Lions to the tune of 13 points at the Gabba in the last round while Geelong took a catnap and had the weekend off with a bye. Geelong are 3-2 in their past five games while the Crows are struggling slightly at 2-3 in their last five. Adelaide is favoured at CrownBet at $1.75 while the Cats are $2.10 to come away with the win. This should be the closest game of the weekend with Adelaide taking a thriller by just one point.
Fremantle Dockers vs Brisbane Lions tips
Round 14 action will come to its end at Domain stadium on Sunday when the league-leading Fremantle Dockers (11-1) will be battling it out with the struggling 17th-place Brisbane Lions, who are just 2-10 on the year. Fremantle edged the Collingwood Magpies by seven points at Domain Stadium a week ago while the Lions were handed a 13-point loss by the Adelaide Crows at the Gabba. The Dockers are aiming for their third straight win after losing their only game of the season a few weeks ago while the Lions are winless in their last five fixtures. This looks like an easy match for the Dockers on paper and the odds makers at CrownBet currently list them as solid favourites at $1.03 to win while the Lions are $13.00. The Lions could be on the end of some punishment here as the Dockers should take this game by up to 51 points.