Published: 17.01.2017

Fremantle Dockers v West Coast Eagles AFL Betting Tips

Not only is Fremantle Dockers versus the West Coast Eagles the biggest game of Round 20 but it is one of the most eagerly anticipated Western Derbies of all time. The Dockers, number one in the AFL ladder, need just one more win to confirm the minor premiership win. The Eagles, sat just one place below but 10 points behind the Dockers, want the win so they can guarantee a home match in the finals.

Fans of both teams will be hoping that there is a bigger Western Derby on the horizon. A strong showing in the finals could see the rivals play each other once again this season at the MGC on Grand Final day.
Recent form favours Freo and that seems to have had an influence on the bookies’ thinking. Luxbet are offering the best price on the Dockers at 1.6 with Ladbrokes’ going 2.5 about the Eagles. This shows that, although not without a chance, Trevor Nesbett’s side have it all to do.

The two teams last met in Round 3 when Freo ran out the winners by 3 goals. That day it was the midfield battle that proved decisive and the same could be true on Sunday. Nathan Fyfe’s likely return form injury with further strengthen the Dockers’ impressive midfield. The Eagles have improved in that area but the gap still looks too big to bridge.

The Dockers come into the game on the back of a four-game winning streak. Compare that to the Eagles’ two wins, a draw and a defeat and you see why Freo is the bookies’ favourite. We are happy enough to take Ladbrokes up on their 1.6 and profit as Fremantle guarantees the minor premiership.

As well as the intriguing midfield match-up, this game also sees the best defensive unit come up against the AFL’s second most prolific point scorers. The Dockers have prided themselves on their defensive record but they know their resolve will be severely tested by the free-scoring Eagles. If Freo cannot rely on a normally mean defence, it may have to rely on the attacking players making the most of the midfield dominance. That sounds good for all neutrals hoping for a high scoring match. Unibet make the points line 152.5 with the overs priced at 1.9. That sounds like a good bet to us.

Now let’s have a look at the popular margin of victory market. The bookies don’t quite see this one being quite as close as we do which can play into our hands. Fremantle to win by under 39.5 points is 2.1 with SportsBet. This is a derby game where the underdogs are heavy scorers. The West Coast Eagles are sure to carry on fighting all the way so back them to keep it close by taking SportsBet up at that generous price.

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Fremantle to win at 1.6 with Ladbrokes
Over 152.5 points at 1.9 with Unibet

Fremantle to win by under 39.5 points at 2.1 with SportsBet

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