Published: 17.01.2017

North Melbourne v St Kilda AFL Betting Preview and Bet Tips

Perhaps the most important match of Round 19 in the AFL is taking place at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. This is huge in terms of the make-up of the finals as North Melbourne can shut the door on St Kilda’s chances of finishing inside the top eight. From a personal perspective it is also a massive night for Brent Harvey who is set to break the all-time AFL appearance record with his 427th game.

Currently, the Kangaroos sit eighth on the AFL ladder with 44 points. The Saints are one place and eight points behind them. If the Saints are to lose they will all but be out of the reckoning for a top eight finish but if they were to win it would blow the whole race wide open. That is especially true given the run ins that these two have. North Melbourne still have to play four of the teams above them while the Saints have a run of three very winnable games to come. Following contrasting runs of form the gap is already too close for comfort for North Melbourne so a defeat would be very tough to take.

At the current moment it is fair to say that St Kilda are one of the most exciting teams in the AFL. Head coach, Alan Richardson has a great blend of youth and experience at his disposal which he is now getting the best of. They are particularly impressive at Etihad Stadium which is not good news for North Melbourne. However, the Kangaroos have their own strengths especially when it comes to the contested football. This could be a really interesting clash of styles and a great game to make some profit out of at the bookies.

North Melbourne are the odds-on favourites across the board at a best price of 1.56 with Bet365. Certainly they are a strong side who have plenty to play for but momentum is a very important thing in sport and the Saints are streaks ahead in that regard. Their recent run of form is as impressive as it is encouraging for their fans. The Saints have turned their season around to the extent that they will now be upset not to book a finals spot and we think they are going to further those chances by winning at odds of 2.55 with Sportsbet.

If you think that betting on the Saints is a little risky you can always make the most of the bookies’ handicap markets. There you will find the Saints available at odds of 1.95 with Bet365 to win with a handicap of +11.5 applied. We think they’ve got enough to win outright but 11.5 points should be more than enough insurance to guard against North Melbourne turning in one of their strongest performances.

With so much on the line, neither team will be leaving anything out on the pitch. Both sets of fans will be demanding top quality performances and we are expecting a game with lots of action up forward. That makes a bet on both teams to score 76+ points at odds of 1.85 with Bet365 look a good option.

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St Kilda to win at 2.55 with Sportsbet
St Kilda +11.5 at 1.95 with Bet365
Both teams to score 75+ points – yes at 1.85 with Bet365

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