The AFL reaches the 17th round of action this weekend with nine more big games on hand from Friday, July 24th to Sunday, July 26th. There are plenty of great matchups among them for fans and punters alike. Lets let’s take a peek at each of the contests as well as the current wagering odds from CrownBet and the likely winners and losers of these intriguing matches.
Friday, July 24th
Carlton Blues vs Hawthorn Hawks tips
All of the 17th round action kicks off at the Etihad Stadium on Friday, July 24th when the 16th-place Carlton Blues (3-12) clash with the third-place Hawthorn Hawks (11-4). The Hawks completely smoked the Sydney Swans by 89 points at ANZ Stadium last week while the Blues were taken down by 42 points at the hands of the league-leading Fremantle Dockers at Domain Stadium. The Hawks are red-hot at the moment and are six for six in their past half dozen games while the Blues have lost their past three outings. Not surprisingly, the Hawks are listed as the solid favourites at $1.01 to win with CrownBet in the current head-to-head odds with Carlton at $15.00. Fans and punters should look for Hawthorn to lay some punishment on the Blues and beat them by up to 65 points.
Saturday, July 25th
Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Geelong Cats tips
The action shifts to the Manuka Oval on Saturday where the 11th-place Geelong Cats (7-7) will be taking on the seventh-place Greater Western Sydney Giants (9-6). The Cats took down the Western Bulldogs by eight points at Simonds Stadium in the 16th round while the Giants were busy beating the Gold Coast Suns by 15 points at Metricon Stadium. The Giants will be looking to win their third match in a row while the Cats are aiming for their second on the trot. The Cats are currently the underdogs with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $2.02 while the Giants are $1.82 to win. However, fans should expect to see the Cats take this dramatic close encounter by just three points.
Adelaide Crows vs Gold Coast Suns tips
Fans will be flocking to the Adelaide Oval on Saturday for the clash between the eighth-place Adelaide Crows (8-6) and the 17th-place Gold Coast Suns (2-13). The Suns were 15-point losers last round as they were beaten by the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Metricon Stadium while the Crows sneaked past the Port Adelaide Power by three points at the Adelaide Oval. The Crows enter this match with three wins in their past five contests while the Suns have lost five out of their last six. The Crows are currently the favourites in the head-to-head market with CrownBet at $1.27 with the Suns coming in at $3.75 to win. The Crows should be able to win this one by up to 24 points.
Richmond Tigers vs Fremantle Dockers tips
Fans will be heading to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday to watch the showdown between the fifth-place Richmond Tigers (10-5) and the ladder-topping Fremantle Dockers (13-2). The Tigers could care of the St Kilda Saints last weekend at Etihad Stadium by 16 points while the Dockers handled the Carlton Blues by 42 points at Domain Stadium. The Tigers are one of the hottest teams in the league with four straight wins while Fremantle has won four of their past five. However, the Tigers handed the Dockers their first loss of the season just a few short weeks ago. This may be the reason they’re favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.82 to win with the Dockers at $2.02 to take the points. The bookmakers should be right on this one as fans should see the Tigers emerge victorious by seven points for their second straight victory over the Dockers.
Essendon Bombers vs Port Adelaide Power tips
The 14th-place Essendon Bombers (5-10) are set to square off against the 12th-place Port Adelaide Power (6-9) at Etihad Stadium this Saturday. The Bombers came out on the wrong end of a 25-point decision to the North Melbourne Kangaroos a week ago while the Power was edged by three points by the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval. The Bombers enter the game with four defeats in their past five outings while the Power has also lost four of their last five. Port Adelaide is currently listed at $1.48 to win in the head-to-head marked at CrownBet with the Bombers at $2.65. Look for Port Adelaide to eventually pull away and win this one by up to 16 points.
Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Kangaroos tips
The Gabba will host the Saturday encounter between the last place Brisbane Lions (2-13) and the 10th-place North Melbourne Kangaroos (8-7). The Kangaroos were 25-point winners over the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium in the previous round while the Lions were dropped by 24 points courtesy of the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. North Melbourne will be gunning for their third consecutive victory while the Lions have lost all five of their past five matches. The Kangaroos are the expected favourites here with CrownBet at $1.33 in the head-to-head market with the Lions at $3.35. Fans and punters should expect to see the Kangaroos take this encounter by 27 -points.
Sunday, July 26th
Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood Magpies tips
It’s back to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when the sixth-place Western Bulldogs (9-6) will be hosting the ninth-place Collingwood Magpies (8-7). Collingwood was drilled by 31 points at the hands of the West Coast Eagles at the Etihad last week while the Bulldogs dropped an eight-point decision to the Geelong Cats at Simonds Stadium. The Bulldogs had four wins in a row before losing last week and will be trying to get back on the right track. The Magpies will be hoping to snap their current four-game losing streak. The Magpies are currently favoured with the CrownBet bookmakers in the head-to-head market at $1.70 while the Bulldogs tipped at $2.15 to win. Punters and fans should expect to see the Magpies capture an 11-point victory here.
Melbourne Demons vs St Kilda Saints tips
The Melbourne Cricket Ground will see some more action this Sunday when the 15th-place Melbourne Demons (5-10) square off with the 13th-place St Kilda Saints, who are also 5-10 on the season. The demons handled the Brisbane Lions by 24 points last week at the MCG while the Saints were taken down by 16 points by the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium. St Kilda has lost their past two outings while the Demons have lost three out of their past five. St Kilda is favoured to win this showdown with CrownBet at $1.86 while the Demons are close behind at $1.98 to come away with the victory. This should be a relatively close affair with the Saints winning an eight-point decision.
West Coast Eagles vs Sydney Swans tips
Round 17 AFL action will wrap up at Domain Stadium on Sunday when the second-place West Coast Eagles (12-3) will be battling it out with the fourth-place Sydney Swans (11-4). The Eagles manhandled the Collingwood Magpies by 31 points at Etihad Stadium in round 16, while the Swans were blown out of the water by the Hawthorn Hawks to the tune of 89 points. West Coast has won their past five games while the Swans have won three out of five. Sydney’s in tough again this week and it shows in the betting odds as CrownBet currently list the Eagles as the favourites at $1.50 to win while the Swans are $2.60. Look for the Swans to suffer their second straight defeat as the Eagles should take this clash by up to 32 points.