The AFL reaches the 16th round this week with nine important contests scheduled between Friday, July 17th and Sunday, July 19th. There are plenty of great matchups among them for fans and bettors alike. So let’s take a look at each of the games as well as the current wagering odds from CrownBet and the likely winners and losers of these intriguing fixtures.
Friday, July 17th
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Essendon Bombers tips
All of the 16th round action kicks off at the Etihad Stadium on Friday, July 17th when the 10th-place North Melbourne Kangaroos (7-7) clash with the 14th-fifth Essendon Bombers (5-9). North Melbourne handled the Geelong Cats by 41 points at the Etihad a week ago while the Bombers took down the Melbourne Demons by nine points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Kangaroos head into this match with three wins in their past five outings while the Bombers have won just once in their past five games, which was last week’s victory. North Melbourne is listed as the firm favourites at $1.25 to win with CrownBet in the current head-to-head odds with Essendon at $4.00. Fans and punters should look for the Kangaroos to take this encounter by 23 points.
Saturday, July 18th
Geelong Cats vs Western Bulldogs tips
The action shifts to Simonds Stadium on Saturday where the 11th-place Geelong Cats (6-7) will be taking on the sixth-place Western Bulldogs (9-5). The Cats were silenced by the Kangaroos to the tune of 41 points at Etihad Stadium in round 15 while the Bulldogs took care of the Gold Coast Suns by 22 points at Cazalys Stadium. The Cats will be trying to stop their recent losing skid from reaching three games while the Bulldogs will be aiming for their fifth win in a row. However, the Bulldogs are currently the underdogs with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $2.25 while the Cats are $1.65 to win. Fans should expect to see the Cats take this dramatic close encounter by just a single point.
Gold Coast Suns vs Greater Western Sydney Giants tips
Fans will be flocking to Metricon Stadium on Saturday for the clash between the 17th-place Gold Coast Suns (2-12) and the eighth-place Greater Western Sydney Giants (8-6). The Suns were 22-point losers last round as they were beaten by the Western Bulldogs at Cazalys Stadium while the Giants were busy beating the St Kilda Saints by 35 points at Spotless Stadium. The Giants enter this match with three losses in their past five contests while the Suns have lost four out of their last five. The Giants are currently the close favourites in the head-to-head market with CrownBet at $1.78 with the Suns coming in at $2.05 to win. Greater Western Sydney should be able to win this one in a relatively close affair by 12 points.
Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles tips
Fans will be heading back to Etihad Stadium on Saturday to watch the showdown between the seventh-place Collingwood Magpies (8-6) and the second -place West Coast Eagles (11-3). Collingwood was edged by three points at the Adelaide Oval last week by the Port Adelaide Power while the Eagles were busy handing a 56-point beating to the Adelaide Crows at Domain Stadium. West Coast will be aiming for their fifth win on the trot here while the Magpies will be trying to make sure they don’t lose their fourth in a row. The Eagles are favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.70 to win with the Magpies at $2.15 to take the points. The bookmakers should be right on this one as fans should see West Coast emerge victorious by 14 points.
Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks tips
The third-place Sydney Swans (11-3) are set to square off against the fourth-place Hawthorn Hawks (10-6) at ANZ Stadium this Saturday in what should be one of the weekend’s best encounters. The Swans took the Brisbane Lions down by 21 points at the Gabba last weekend while the Hawks demolished the league-leading Fremantle Dockers by 72 points at Aurora Stadium. The Swans will be gunning for their third consecutive victory and the Hawks will be entering the game five for five in their last handful of contests. The Hawks are currently listed at $1.70 to win in the head-to-head marked at CrownBet with the Swans at $2.15. Look for Hawthorn to eventually pull away and win this one by up to 14 points.
Fremantle Dockers vs Carlton Blues tips
Domain Stadium will host the Saturday encounter between the table-topping Fremantle Dockers (12-2) and the 16th-place Carlton Blues (3-11). The Dockers were hammered by 72 points at the hands of the Hawthorn Hawks in the previous round while the Blues were humbled by 30 points by the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Dockers are slipping slightly with both of their losses this season coming in the last five games. The Blues have also been struggling and will be aiming to stop their current losing streak at two. Not surprisingly, the Dockers are the firm favourites here with CrownBet at $1.07 in the head-to-head market with the Blues at $8.50. Fans and punters should expect to see the Dockers get back on the winning track this weekend with a 34-point victory.
Sunday, July 19th
Melbourne Demons vs Brisbane Lions tips
It’s over to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday when the 15th-place Melbourne Demons (4-10) will be hosting the last-place Brisbane Lions (2-10). The Demons dropped their home game at the MCG by nine points to the Essendon Bombers a week ago while the Lions came out on the wrong end of a 21-point decision to the Sydney Swans at the Gabba. Both Melbourne and Brisbane are struggling as the Demons have lost four of their last five fixtures and the Lions have lost seven out of seven. The Demons are favoured with the CrownBet bookmakers in the head-to-head market at $1.63 while the Lions are tipped at $2.30 to win. Punters and fans should expect to see the Demons capture a 15-point victory here.
Port Adelaide Power vs Adelaide Crows tips
The Adelaide Oval will see some hometown action this Sunday when the 12th-place Port Adelaide Power (6-8) square off with the ninth-place Adelaide Crows (7-6). Port Adelaide squeaked past the Collingwood Magpies by three points at the Adelaide Oval in the 15th round while the Crows suffered a 56-point defeat by the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium. The Power will be trying to win their second in a row while the Crows will attempt to win their third game in six outings. Port Adelaide is favoured to win this showdown with CrownBet at $1.63 while the Crows are $2.30 to come away with the victory. This should be a dramatic and emotional affair with the Power winning a close three-point decision.
St Kilda Saints vs Richmond Tigers tips
Round 16 AFL action will come to a conclusion at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when the 13th-place St Kilda Saints (5-9) will be battling it out with the fifth-place Richmond Tigers (9-5). The Saints were stopped in their tracks last weekend when the Greater Western Sydney Giants took them down by 35 points at Spotless Stadium. Meanwhile, the Tigers were busy handing the Carlton Blues a 30-point beating at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Saints enter this game with three losses I their last five matches and the Tigers will be gunning for their fourth straight triumph. The odds makers at CrownBet currently list the Tigers as firm favourites at $1.37 to win while the Saints are $3.10. The Tigers should have enough in the tank to take this clash by up to 19 points.