The AFL enters its 18th round of action this weekend with nine more big games on hand from Friday, July 31st to Sunday, August 2nd. There are numerous exciting matchups fir fans and bettors alike. Lets let’s take a look at each of the games along with the current wagering odds from CrownBet and the likely winners and losers of these matches.
Friday, July 31st
Hawthorn Hawks vs Richmond Tigers
All of the 18th round action kicks off at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, July 31st when the third-place Hawthorn Hawks (12-4) clash with the fifth-place Richmond Tigers (10-6) in an excellent matchup. The Hawks completely smoked the Carlton Blues by 138 points at the Etihad Stadium last week for their second huge win in a row. Meanwhile, the Tigers were taken down by four points in a close affair by the league-leading Fremantle Dockers at the MCG. The Hawks are red-hot at the moment and are six for six in their past half dozen games while the Tigers have won four out of their last five. Not surprisingly, the Hawks are listed as the solid favourites at $1.14 to win with CrownBet in the current head-to-head odds with Richmond at $5.50. Fans and punters should look for Hawthorn to lay some punishment on the Tigers and beat them by up to 48 points.
Saturday, August 1st
Geelong Cats vs Brisbane Lions tips
The action shifts to Simonds Stadium on Saturday where the 10th-place Geelong Cats (8-7) will be taking on the last-place Brisbane Lions (2-14). The Cats took down the Greater Western Sydney Giants by 27 points at Manuka Oval in the 17th round while the Lions were thumped by 72 points at the Gabba by the North Melbourne Kangaroos. The Cats will be aiming for their third win on the trot in this game while the Lions will be hoping to avoid their sixth straight defeat. The Lions are currently big underdogs with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $7.50 while the Cats are $1.00 to win. Fans should expect to see the Cats take this encounter by up to 49 points.
Collingwood Magpies vs Melbourne Demons tips
Fans will be flocking to the Melbourne Cricket Ground again on Saturday for the clash between the 11th-place Collingwood Magpies (8-6) and the 15th-place Melbourne Demons (5-11). The Magpies were 18-point losers last round as they were beaten by the Western Bulldogs at the Etihad Stadium while the Demons were taken down by 37 points at the hands of the St Kilda Saints at the MCG. The Magpies enter this match with five defeats in their last handful of outings while the Demons have lost three out of their past five. The Magpies are currently the favourites in the head-to-head market with CrownBet at $1.30 with the Demons coming in at $3.55 to win. The Magpies should be able to win this one by up to 28 points to snap their current losing streak.
Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows tips
Fans will be heading to the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday to watch the showdown between the fourth-place Sydney Swans (11-5) and the seventh-place Adelaide Crows (9-6). The Swans were thumped by 52 points at the hands of the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium last week while the Crows took care of the Gold Coast Suns by 45 points at the Adelaide Oval. The Crows will be shooting for their third straight win while the Swans will be trying to end their current losing streak at two. The Swans are favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.30 to win with the Crows at $3.05 to take the points. The bookmakers should be right on this one as fans should see the Swans emerge victorious by 14 points.
Carlton Blues vs North Melbourne Kangaroos tips
The 16th-place Carlton Blues (3-13) are set to square off against the eighth-place North Melbourne Kangaroos (9-7) at Etihad Stadium this Saturday. The Blues were completely destroyed to the tune of 138 points last weekend by the Hawthorn Hawks for their worst loss in club history. Meanwhile, the Kangaroos were big winners themselves as they thumped the last-place Brisbane Lions by 72 points at the Gabba. The Blues enter the game with four defeats in a row while the Kangaroos have won three straight. North Melbourne is currently listed at $1.15 to win in the head-to-head market at CrownBet with the Blues at $5.50. Look for the Kangaroos to pull away and win this one by up to 42 points.
Gold Coast Suns vs West Coast Eagles tips
Metricon Stadium will host the Saturday encounter between the 17th-place Gold Coast Suns (2-14) and the second-place West Coast Eagles (13-3). The Suns were scorched by 45 points at the hands of the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval a week ago while the Eagles soared over the Sydney Swans by 52 points at Domain Stadium. The Suns have lost their past three outings while the Eagles are red hot as they’ve have won all five of their last five contests. The Eagles are the expected solid favourites here with CrownBet at $1.05 in the head-to-head market with the Suns at $7.50. Fans and punters should expect to see the West Coast Eagles take this encounter by up to 52 points.
Sunday, August 2nd
Port Adelaide Power vs St Kilda Saints tips
It’s over to the Adelaide Oval on Sunday when the 12th-place Port Adelaide Power (7-9) will be hosting the 13th-place St Kilda Saints (6-10). Port Adelaide handed the Essendon Bombers a 13-point defeat last week at Etihad Stadium while the Saints dropped the dropped the Melbourne Demons by 37 points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Power has tasted defeat in three of their past five matches while the Saints have also lost three of their last five. The Power is currently favoured with the CrownBet bookmakers in the head-to-head market at $1.29 while the Saints are tipped at $3.65 to win. Punters and fans should expect to see Power capture a 22-point victory here.
Essendon Bombers vs Western Bulldogs tips
The Etihad Stadium will see some more action this Sunday when the 14th-place Essendon Bombers (5-11) square off with the sixth-place Western Bulldogs (10-6). The Bombers were 13-point losers to the Port Adelaide Power at the Etihad Stadium in the 17th round while the Bulldogs got past the Collingwood Magpies by 18 points also at the Etihad. Essendon will be trying to stop their current losing streak from reaching three games while the Bulldogs enter the match with four wins in their past five encounters. The Bulldogs are favoured to win this showdown with CrownBet at $1.40 while the Bombers are $3.00 to come away with the victory. The Bulldogs should prove the bookmakers right and come away with an 18-point victory.
Fremantle Dockers vs Greater Western Sydney Giants tips
Round 18 AFL action will wrap up at Domain Stadium on Sunday when the league-leading Fremantle Dockers (14-2) will be battling it out with the ninth-place Greater Western Sydney Giants (9-7). The Dockers avenged their earlier defeat to the Tigers last week as they edged Richmond by four points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Meanwhile, the Giants came out on the wrong end of a 27-point decision to the Geelong Cats at Manuka Oval. The Dockers enter this clash with four victories in their past five fixtures while the Giants have lost three of their past five. Greater Western Sydney is in tough again this week and it shows in the betting odds as CrownBet currently list the Dockers as the current firm favourites at $1.20 to win while the Giants are $4.50. Fans and punters should look for the Dockers to take this showdown by up to 27 points.