The AFL hits the 15th round mark this weekend with nine big matches scheduled between Thursday, July 9th and Sunday, July 12th. There are plenty of excellent matchups among them for fans and bettors alike. So let’s take a look at each contest as well as the current wagering odds from CrownBet and the likely winners and losers of these exciting clashes.
Thursday, July 9th
Port Adelaide Power vs Collingwood Magpies tips
All of the 15th round action kicks off at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, July 9th when the 12th-place Port Adelaide Power (5-8) will host the fifth-place Collingwood Magpies (8-5). The Power dropped a 10-point decision on the road last weekend as they were taken down by the Sydney Swans at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Meanwhile, Collingwood were also 10-point losers as they were beaten by the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Power will be trying to snap their three-game losing skid in this one while the Magpies will be aiming to halt their two-match losing streak. Perhaps surprisingly, the Power and Magpies are each listed at $1.92 to win with CrownBet in the current head-to-head odds. Fans and punters should look for Collingwood to take this relatively close encounter by seven points.
Friday, July 10th
Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues tips
The action shifts to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday where the sixth-place Richmond Tigers (8-5) will be taking on the 16th-place Carlton Blues (3-10). The Tigers took care of the Greater Western Sydney Giants by nine points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round 14 while the Blues dropped an 11-point decision to the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium. The Tigers will be gunning for their third win on the trot while the Blues will be looking to avoid their second straight defeat. The Blues are currently the underdogs with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $3.20 while the Tigers are $1.35 to win. Fans should expect to see the Tigers take this showdown by up to 32 points.
Saturday, July 11th
Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons tips
Fans will be right back at the Melbourne Cricket Ground again on Saturday for the clash between the 14th-place Essendon Bombers (4-9) and the 15th-place Melbourne Demons, who are also 4-9 on the season. The Demons were thumped by 54 points at the hands of the West Coast Eagles at TIO Stadium a week ago. However, that pounding was nothing compared to the one the Bombers suffered at Etihad Stadium as they were blown out of the water by 110 points by the St Kilda Saints. Essendon enters the game with five losses in their last five outings while the Demons have lost four out of their last five.
The Demons are currently the favourites in the head-to-head market with CrownBet at $1.58 with the Bombers coming in at $2.40 to win. Melbourne should be able to win this one in a close affair by six points.
Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns tips
Cazalys Stadium will be the site of the Saturday showdown between the seventh-place Western Bulldogs (8-5) and the 17th-place Gold Coast Suns (2-11). Gold Coast drilled the North Melbourne Kangaroos by 55 points at Metricon Stadium in the previous round for their second win of the year while the Bulldogs downed the Carlton Blues by 11 points at Etihad Stadium. Gold Coast will attempt to make it two wins in a row here while the Bulldogs will be aiming for their fourth straight victory. The Bulldogs are favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.68 to win with the Suns at $2.20 to take the points. The bookmakers should be right on this one as fans should see the Bulldogs emerge victorious here by 11 points.
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Geelong Cats tips
The 11th-place North Melbourne Kangaroos (6-7) are set to square off against the 10th-place Geelong Cats (6-6) at Etihad Stadium this Saturday. The Kangaroos were smoked by the Gold Coast Suns to the tune of 55 points in round 13 at Metricon Stadium while the Cats were given the weekend off as their game against the Adelaide Crows was called off due to the tragic death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh. North Melbourne has lost three out of their last five and the Cats have won three of their past five matches. This one appears to be too close to pick as both the Kangaroos and Cats are currently listed at $1.92 to win in the head-to-head marked at CrownBet. However, look for Geelong to win a close encounter by seven points.
West Coast Eagles vs Adelaide Crows tips
Domain Stadium will host the Saturday encounter between the second-place West Coast Eagles (10-3) and the eighth-place Adelaide Crows (7-5). The Eagles thumped the Melbourne Demons by 54 points last week at TIO Stadium. The Crows vs Geelong Cats game was cancelled following the sudden and tragic death of Crows’ head coach Phil Walsh. This will be an emotional outing for Adelaide while the Eagles will be shooting for their fourth straight victory. The West Coast Eagles are currently the firm favourites here with CrownBet at $1.24 in the head-to-head market with the Crows at $4.10. The Eagles should prove the odds makers right and take this contest pretty handily by up to 32 points.
Sunday, July 12th
Greater Western Sydney Giants vs St Kilda Saints tips
It’s over to Spotless Stadium on Sunday when the ninth-place Greater Western Sydney Giants (7-6) will square off against the 13th-place St Kilda Saints (5-8). The Giants came out on the wrong end of a nine-point decision to the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground in the 13th round while the Saints annihilated the Essendon Bombers by 110 points at Etihad Stadium. The Giants enter this match with three losses in a row on their record while the Saints are hoping to take their second win on the trot. However, the Giants are favoured with the CrownBet bookmakers in the head-to-head market at $1.65 while the Saints are tipped at $2.25 to win. Punters and fans should expect to see the Giants capture a close four-point victory here.
Hawthorn Hawks vs Fremantle Dockers tips
Aurora Stadium will also see some action this weekend when the fourth-place Hawthorn Hawks (9-4) will face off against the league-leading Fremantle Dockers (12-1). Hawthorn beat the Collingwood Magpies by 10 points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last week while the Dockers downed the Brisbane Lions by 36 points at Domain Stadium. Fremantle will be aiming to extend their new winning streak to four contests while the Hawks enter the game five for five in their past five outings. This is shaping up t be one of the best games of the year and Hawthorn is actually favoured to win it at CrownBet at $1.47 while the Dockers are $2.70 to come away with the victory. This should be a dramatic affair with the Hawks eventually pulling away for a 15-point win.
Brisbane Lions vs Sydney Swans tips
Round 15 AFL action will come to a conclusion at the Gabba on Sunday when the last-place Brisbane Lions (2-11) will be battling it out with the third-place Sydney Swans (10-3). The Swans took care of the visiting Port Adelaide Power last week as they downed them by 10 points at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Lions were in action at Domain Stadium a week ago and were 36-point losers to the table-topping Fremantle Dockers. The Lions enter this game with six defeats in their past six contests while the Swans have won four of their past five. This looks like an easy match for the Swans on paper and the odds makers at CrownBet currently list them as solid favourites at $1.10 to win while the Lions are $7.00. The Lions could be on the end of some more punishment here as the Swans should be able take this game by up to 40 points.