AFL Round 18 Betting Tips
It was another weekend full of big hits, entertaining matches and the odd shock result in round 17 of the AFL season.
The pressure only gets more intense as we approach crunch time for the teams battling for the minor premiership and a place in the Grand Finals. That’s tough for players and fans but presents great opportunity for punters so here is our pick of the best AFL round 18 betting tips.
St Kilda v Richmond
After putting together a run of three wins in a row Richmond were defeated by GWS Giants in Round 17. That loss allowed the West Coast Eagles to join last year’s premiers at the top of the AFL ladder on 48 points but the Tigers are fully expected to get back to winning ways in Round 18’s opening match against St Kilda.
While Richmond fans are looking forward their team making another assault on the Finals Series, St Kilda fans are already looking forward to next season.
Although there have been more positives in recent performances, this has been a season to forget for the Saints who are 18 points shy of eighth place. Alan Richardson has made several changes in an attempt to kickstart his team but it won’t make any difference who he picks for Friday night’s game at Etihad Stadium.
The Richmond players will feel much more comfortable on their return to Victoria. They’ll also be buoyed by the fact they’ve won eight of their last 10 encounters with St Kilda so the first selection in our AFL Round 18 betting tips is on the Tigers to win with a -39.5 handicap at $1.91 with Centrebet.
Collingwood v North Melbourne
The pressure is really starting to tell for North Melbourne. The Roos find themselves level on points with the Geelong Cats but outside of the finals places on percentage.
The Roos’ cause was not helped last week by an agonising defeat against Sydney in a thrilling game for the neutral. Last week was not great for Collingwood either thanks to a loss against West Coast Eagles.
The Pies are still sitting relatively comfortably in third but Nathan Buckley knows how quickly things can change at this stage of the season.
This is an important match for both sides and it really is time for their big players to stand up and be counted. Steele Sidebottom had a tough game against the Cats last week but he’s a fighter and if he returns to his best, the Roos more of a chance than the bookies’ odds suggest.
Collingwood’s record in the head to head is better than North Melbourne’s and we think the Pies are the worthy favourites. However, we are expecting an entertaining game between these two high scoring teams.
Therefore, we’re adding over 170.5 points in Collingwood v North Melbourne to our AFL Round 18 betting tips at $1.90 with Unibet. It could also be worth backing the Roos +11.5 points at $1.90 with Palmerbet.
Port Adelaide v GWS Giants
The AFL know how to keep footy fans interested. Just look at this weekend when the schedule has saved the most important match of Round 18 until last.
Port Adelaide and the Greater Western Sydney Giants are separated by just one position in the league. They both have a chance of claiming a top four position come the end of the home-and-away season but equally they’re both under pressure from the teams desperately trying to force their way into finals contention.
As the home side at the Adelaide Oval, the Power are the favourites with the bookies. However, Ken Hinkley’s men come into the game on the back of their worst loss of the season. In contrast, the Giants’ were boosted last week by that win over Richmond.
AFL Top Betting Tips
Richmond -39.5 points against St Kilda at $1.91 with Centrebet
Over 170.5 points in Collingwood v North Melbourne at $1.90 with Unibet
North Melbourne +11.5 points v Collingwood at $1.90 with Palmerbet
GWS Giants to beat Port Adelaide at $2.05 with bookmaker.com.au