The AFL is set to enter the 19th round this weekend with another nine important matches scheduled from Friday, August 7th to Sunday, August 9th. These matchups should be intriguing for fans and bettors alike. Lets let’s take a look at each of the contests along with the current wagering odds from CrownBet and the likely winners and losers of these clashes.
Friday, August 7th
Adelaide Crows vs Richmond Tigers tips
All of the 19th round AFL action kicks off at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, August 7th when the ninth-place Adelaide Crows (9-7) clash with the sixth-place Richmond Tigers (11-6). The Crows were smoked by 52 points at the hands of the Sydney Swans at the Sydney Cricket Ground a week ago while the Tigers downed the red-hot Hawthorn Hawks by 18 points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Tigers are also on fire as they’ve won five out of their last six outings while the Crows have won three of their past five. Not surprisingly, the Tigers are listed as the close favourites at $1.72 to win with CrownBet in the current head-to-head odds with Adelaide at $2.13. Fans and punters should look for Richmond to win a relatively close contest by nine points.
Saturday, August 8th
Collingwood Magpies vs Carlton Blues tips
The action shifts to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday where the 11th-place Collingwood Magpies (8-9) will be taking on the16th-place Carlton Blues (3-14). Carlton was drilled by 64 points at the hands of the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the last round at Etihad Stadium while the Magpies were handed a 37-point beating by the Melbourne Demons at the MCG. Collingwood enters this match with half a dozen losses on the trot while Carlton has lost five in a row. The Blues are currently the firm underdogs with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $4.35 while the Magpies are $1.22 to win. Fans should expect to see Collingwood take this encounter by up to 31 points.
Western Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide Power tips
Fans will be flocking to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday for the clash between the fifth-place Western Bulldogs (11-6) and the 12th-place Adelaide Power (8-9). The Bulldogs thumped the Essendon Bombers by 87 points at the Etihad a week ago while the Power laid a 63-point beating on the St Kilda Saints at the Adelaide Oval. The Bulldogs have won four out of five and two in a row while the Power will be looking for their third consecutive victory and fourth in their past six games. The Bulldogs are currently the favourites in the head-to-head market with CrownBet at $1.72 with the Power coming in close behind at $2.13 to win. The Bulldogs should be able to win a close encounter here by seven points.
Brisbane Lions vs Gold Coast Suns tips
Fans will be heading to the Gabba on Saturday to watch the showdown between the last-place Brisbane Lions (2-15) tangle with the 17th-place Gold Coast Suns (2-14-1). The Suns played to the league’s first draw last weekend when they tied the West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium while the Lions came out on the wrong end of a 56-point decision to the Geelong Cats at Simonds Stadium. The Lions enter this battle for the basement with five losses in their past five games while the Suns have three losses and a draw in their last five. The Suns are favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.52 to win with the Lions at $2.55 to take the points. The bookmakers should be right on this one as fans should see the Suns emerge victorious by 17 points.
Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans tips
The eighth-place Geelong Cats (9-7) are set to square off against the fourth-place Sydney Swans (12-5) at Simonds Stadium this Saturday. The Swans destroyed the Adelaide Crows by 52 points last week at the Sydney Cricket Ground while the Cats clawed the Brisbane Lions by 56 points at Simonds Stadium. The Cats will be looking for their fourth win in a row while the Swans have won three of their past five. Sydney is currently listed at $1.70 to win in the head-to-head market at CrownBet with the Cats not too far behind at $2.15. Look for the Cats to pull this one out of the hat though via a close three-point decision.
West Coast Eagles vs Hawthorn Hawks tips
Domain Stadium will host the huge Saturday encounter between the second-place West Coast Eagles (13-3-1) and the third-place Hawthorn Hawks (12-5). The Eagles were held to the AFL’s first draw of the campaign last week by the Gold Coast Suns while the Hawks were busy losing an 18-point game to the streaking Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Eagles have four wins and a draw in their past five fixtures while the Hawks have four wins and a loss. The Eagles are the underdogs here with CrownBet at $2.25 in the head-to-head market with the Hawks at $1.65. Fans and punters should expect to see the Hawks get back on the winning track with a nine-point victory.
Sunday, August 9th
Melbourne Demons vs North Melbourne Kangaroos tips
It’s back over to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday when the 14th-place Melbourne Demons (6-11) will be battling it out with the seventh-place North Melbourne Kangaroos (10-7). The Kangaroos easily handled the Carlton Blues by 64 points at the Etihad Stadium in the 18th round while the Demons took down the Collingwood Magpies by 37 points at the MCG. The Demons have tasted defeat in three of their past five matches while the Kangaroos will be hunting for their fourth straight triumph. North Melbourne is currently favoured with the CrownBet bookmakers in the head-to-head market at $1.27 while the Demons are tipped at $3.90 to win. Punters and fans should expect to see North Melbourne capture a 29-point victory here.
Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Essendon Bombers tips
Spotless Stadium will also see some action this Sunday when the 15th-place Essendon Bombers (5-12) square off with the 10th-place Greater Western Sydney Giants (9-8). The Bombers were big 87-point losers to the Western Bulldogs at the Etihad Stadium in the 18th round while the Giants were dropped by 21 points at the hands of the league-leading Fremantle Dockers at Domain Stadium. Essendon will be trying to stop their current losing streak from reaching four games while the Swans will be attempting to halt their losing streak at two. The Giants are favoured to win this showdown with CrownBet at $1.28 while the Bombers are $3.75 to come away with the victory. The Giants should prove the bookmakers right and come away with a 29-point victory.
St. Kilda Saints vs Fremantle Dockers tips
Round 19 football action will wrap up with another game at Etihad Stadium on Sunday when the league-leading Fremantle Dockers (15-2) will be battling it out with the 13th-place St Kilda Saints (6-11). The Dockers took care of the Greater Western Sydney Giants by 21 points at Domain Stadium last week while the Saints were manhandled by the Port Adelaide Power to the tune of 63 points at the Adelaide Oval. St Kilda enters this match with three defeats in their past five outings while the Dockers have won five of their past six and are aiming for their fourth win in a row. St Kilda is in tough again this week and it shows in the betting odds as CrownBet currently list the Dockers as the firm favourites at $1.28 to win while the Saints are $3.75. Fans and punters should look for the Dockers to take this showdown by up to 14 points.