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Australian Football League Round 22 Betting Tips & Offers
There are just two more weeks of fixtures before the season ending finals get underway. With such little time left there is still a fair amount that can happen in the top eight positions especially given the big games taking part this weekend.
So, we’ve picked out three games involving teams who still need to confirm their place in the finals and picked out our choice of the best bet from each one below.
Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide
Last weekend will not live long in the memories of Western Bulldogs fans but if this weekend doesn’t go to plan it will be remembered as a complete disaster.
The Doggies are playing their first game at Mars Stadium but if it ends in defeat it could spell the end of their hopes of playing in the finals and defending the premiership title they won so impressively a year ago.
Saturday is also potentially pivotal for Port Adelaide. The Power are currently sixth in the AFL ladder, four points ahead of the Bulldogs who are in ninth. If Ken Hinkley can get a top class performance out of his Port Adelaide side they will still have an outside chance of bagging a top four finish.
While Hinkley is looking for small improvements his opposite number, Luke Beveridge, needs much bigger changes.
The Doggies were wasteful in possession in last week’s defeat to Greater Western Sydney and a similar performance will surely end in the same result.
The Giants defeat was especially frustrating for the Bulldogs as it ended a run of four straight wins. The team can take confidence from that run and from their last two meetings with Port Adelaide which both ended in comfortable wins.
With so much on the line, this is not the time for the Doggies to be fluffing their lines and we think Beveridge’s men will just about do enough to win at $1.90 with Luxbet.
West Coast Eagles are just about clinging onto eighth place so have a big couple of weeks ahead of them to ensure their season continues into September.
Adam Simpson’s men have alternated between wins and losses for the last 10 rounds but after just about seeing off Carlton last week they’ll hope to end that pattern with victory over Greater Western Sydney.
The Giants have no such worries about making the finals. They are sitting pretty in second place and still have an outside chance of winning the minor premiership.
It’s now three wins in a row for GWS and while some teams would be thinking of powering down to save their best for the finals, Leon Cameron knows the importance of maintaining momentum for the massive games to come.
The bookies have GWS are the firm favourites but you can still find value about them ending the Eagles’ finals hopes if you back the Giants with a -27.5 point handicap at $1.91 with Unibet.
Melbourne v Brisbane Lions
Melbourne haven’t made an appearance in finals since 2006 but with two rounds of fixtures to go, the Demons have their future in their own hands as two wins will see them over the line.
On the face of it, when you’ve got a must win game you couldn’t pick a better fixture than to play the AFL’s bottom team at home. However, the Brisbane Lions wrote this season off long ago to plan for next year and Chris Fagan’s young squad showed their promise with a thumping win over Gold Coast Suns last weekend.
The Demons are the overwhelming favourites for Sunday’s match at the MCG but you can’t overestimate the nerves that the players will be feeling come game time. The pressure of expectation and to make it to the playoffs will have an impact while this is a free hit for the Lions.
In the end, Melbourne should get the job done but this should be closer than the odds suggest so back the Brisbane Lions +31.5 points at $2.14 with Bet365.
Top Betting Tips:
Western Bulldogs to beat Port Adelaide at $1.90 with Luxbet
Greater Western Sydney -27.5 points against West Coast at $1.91 with Unibet
Brisbane Lions +31.5 points against Melbourne at $2.14 with Bet365