AFL round 18 Tips and Predictions

Jamie Samuel AFL

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File:Western Bulldogs AFLW icon.png Western Bulldogs

File:St Kilda alternate icon 2.jpg St Kilda

Friday 7:50pm AEST

Marvel Stadium in Melbourne

The Western Bulldogs will host St Kilda on Friday night at Marvel Stadium.

The Dogs in 10th position with an 8-8 record, facing the ninth placed Saints, with a 9-7 record. St Kilda have won three out of the last five clashes with the Dogs, but last year the Dogs destroyed them by 111-points in round 10.

Both teams came off disapointing results last week. The Dogs were no match for the Sydney Swans, who overran them by 53-points last Friday. St Kilda got outplayed by Fremantle by 41-points last Saturday night. It will be hard for the Dogs if they were to lose tonight to make the 8, as they will fall two games behind St Kilda. The Saints have a massive chance to set up their finals tilt with a victory tonight, they could be in the 8 by the end of the round depending on other results.

Key players:

Western Bulldogs:

  • Josh Bruce
  • Adam Treloar
  • Marcus Bontempelli

St Kilda:

  • Max King
  • Paddy Ryder
  • Tim Membrey

Western Bulldogs vs St Kilda prediction:

St Kilda should bounce back from their defeat to Fremantle, they have a chance to go into the 8 tonight and should. St Kilda by 20-points.

Western Bulldogs vs St Kilda betting tip:

The Bulldogs start slight favourites at $1.72 to the Saints $2.10.

File:Adelaide AFLW icon.png  Adelaide Crows

File:Collingwood icon.svg   Collingwood

Saturday 1:45pm

Adelaide Oval

Adelaide will host Collingwood on Saturday afternoon at the Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide struggling in 15th position with a 5-11 record, face the sixth placed Collingwood. Collingwood have won their last seven games, to sit at an 11-5 record. Collingwood have won the last five clashes with the Crows and the current stats on paper look as if that should continue tomorrow.

Adelaide got outlasted by Hawthorn by 32-points last Sunday. Collingwood survived a huge scare from North Melbourne, coming back from 27-points down to win by seven-points on Saturday. As Collingwood came from behind to win their seventh straight game.

Key players:

Adelaide:

  • Taylor Walker
  • Ben Keays
  • Rory Laird

Collingwood:

  • Josh Daicos
  • Mason Cox
  • Scott Pendlebury

Adelaide vs Collingwood prediction:

Collingwood will be to strong, they will win by 48-points.

Adelaide vs Collingwood betting tip:

Collingwood start favourites at $1.54 to Adelaide $2.44.

File:AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS

File:BrisbaneLionsDesign.png Brisbane Lions

Manuka Oval, Canberra Saturday

1:45pm AEST

The Giants will host the Brisbane Lions on Saturday afternoon in Canberra.

GWS in 13th with a 5-11 record. Face The Lions in fourth position, with an 11-5 record. Brisbane have won four out of the last five clashes with GWS.

The Giants got hammered by Port Adelaide by 55-points on Saturday night. Whilst the Lions had a bit of a surprising loss to Essendon last Sunday, with a depleted squad, they went down by 10-points. The Lions will have a bit of a stronger squad going into this clash, with the key returns of Harris Andrews, Dan McStay and Darcy Gardiner.

GWS vs Brisbane Lions Prediction:

Brisbane to get back to winning form, they will win by 25-points.

GWS vs Brisbane Lions betting tip:

Brisbane start favourites at $1.55 to GWS $2.41.

File:Northmelbournesymbol.png   North Melbourne

File:RichmondDesign.svg  Richmond

Saturday 4:35pm AEST

Marvel Stadium, Melbourne.

North Melbourne will host Richmond on Saturday afternoon. North’s first game under new coach Leigh Adams.

North sit last on the table, with one win from 16 games. Facing Richmond in eighth position with a 9-7 record. Richmond have won four out of the last five clashes with North Melbourne.

Perhaps one of North’s most credible efforts for this year so far was their performance against Collingwood last week. They provided one of this years premership contenders, and a team that had won six straight games leading up to the clash a massive challenge. They led Collingwood by 26-points at the final change only to be overrun by seven-points. It has a been a massive week at the club, with the replacement of coach David Noble. Leigh Adams to caretake North for the remainder of the season, has a massive opportunity to rejuvenate the side against another top eight contender. With Jason Horne-Francis returning to the senior side another massive boost.

Richmond come into this clash after surrendering a 40-point lead to the Suns, being undone by Noah Anderson’s goal after the final siren. The Suns defeating Richmond by two-points.

Key players:

North Melbourne:

  • Jason Horne-Francis
  • Jack Ziebell
  • Nick Larkey

Richmond:

  • Jack Riewoldt
  • Trent Cotchin
  • Jack Graham

North Melbourne vs Richmond prediction:

There is a lot to consider for this prediction. It has been a torrid season for North, losses consistently by 40-points or way more. Last win barley scraping past West Coast all the way back in round 2. Now, they have a new caretaker coach, the number one pick returning to the side. Plus carrying momentum from their competitive performance where they showed a lot of promise against Collingwood, facing a Richmond side missing two of their stars in Dustin Martin and Tom Lynch.

Often when a new coach comes, it creates a whole new buzz and excitement around the club and there’s no question we will be seeing a lot of effort out there from North. North Melbourne to get the long awaited win by 15-points, and even if they don’t win, you can expect a loss by no more than 25-points. They will be a very competitive outfit.

North Melbourne vs Richmond betting tip:

Richmond still start strong favourites at $1.10 to North $6.50.

File:CarltonFC 2019.pngCarlton

File:Geelong icon.svg Geelong

Saturday 7:25PM AEST

MCG in Melbourne

Carlton will host Geelong at the MCG on Saturday night. In what could be the match of the round.

Carlton have defied odds this season, sitting fifth on the table with an 11-5 record. Geelong are on top of the table with a 12-4 record. Geelong have won four of the last five clashes against Carlton.

Carlton come back from a big win in Perth, comfortably defeating the West Coast Eagles by 63-points last Sunday. Geelong have had an incredible run of form, winning their last seven games. With last weeks win over Melbourne, they overtook them at the top of the table.

The Blues will have to outscore a very high scoring team in Geelong. This clash has the two best forward pairs in the competition facing off. With Charlie Curnow and Harry Mckay down one end, and Tom Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron down the other end.

Carlton vs Geelong prediction:

Again, a very tough prediction. Geelong looking for eight straight wins, just beat premiers Melbourne. Carlton defying odds, Curnow and McKay can kick a bag between them. Carlton to win by 10-points, but even if they don’t win, they won’t lose by more than 25-points.

Carlton vs Geelong betting tip:

Geelong start favourites at $1.57 to Carlton $2.37.

File:BalmainDockersDesign.png  Fremantle

File:SydneySwansDesign.png Sydney Swans

Saturday 7:30pm AEST

Optus Stadium

Fremantle will host the Sydney Swans on Saturday night at Optus Stadium.

Fremantle currently sit third position with a 12-4 record, facing Sydney in seventh with a 10-6 record. Fremantle have won three out of the last five clashes with Sydney.

Fremantle come in after running away from St Kilda by 41-points last Saturday night. The Swans demolished the Bulldogs by 53-points last Friday night.

Key players include:

Fremantle:

  • Michael Walters
  • Nat Fyfe
  • Rory Lobb

Sydney:

  • Lance Franklin
  • Sam Reid
  • Issac Heeney

Fremantle vs Sydney prediction:

Fremantle to win by 25-points at home.

Fremantle vs Sydney betting tip:

Fremantle start favourites at $1.50 to Swans $2.54

File:Hawthorn.svg Hawthorn

File:West Coast Eagles 2018 colours.png  West Coast

Sunday 1:10pm

MCG Melbourne

Hawthorn will host West Coast on Sunday at the MCG.

Hawthorn sitting in 14th with a 5-11 record. The Eagles 17th with a 2-14 record. West Coast have won four out of the last five clashes with Hawthorn.

Hawthorn won their fifth game last weekend with a 32-point win over Adelaide on Sunday afternoon. West Coast got outclassed by Carlton by 63-points on Sunday evening.

Key players:

Hawthorn:

  • Mitch Lewis
  • Luke Breust
  • Ben McEvoy

West Coast:

  • Luke Shuey
  • Josh Kennedy
  • Jack Darling

Hawthorn vs West Coast prediction:

Hawthorn will get the job done at home again, they’ll win by 35-points.

Hawthorn vs West Coast betting tip:

Hawthorn start favourites at $1.14 to West Coast $5.50

File:Melbourne AFLW icon.png Melbourne

File:Portadelaidesymbol.png  Port Adelaide

Sunday 3:20pm AEST

TIO Park Alice Springs

Melbourne will take on Port Adelaide in Alice Springs on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne in second position with a 12-4 record. Port in 12th position with an 8-8 record. Port have won three of the last five clashes with Melbourne, with Melbourne winning the last two consecutively.

Melbourne come in hungry from that defeat in Geelong by 28-points last Thursday night. Port are looking to back up their 55-point win over the Giants last Saturday night.

Key players include:

Melbourne:

  • Ben Brown
  • Luke Jackson
  • Max Gawn

Port Adelaide:

  • Charlie Dixon
  • Travis Boak
  • Robbie Gray

Melbourne vs Port Adelaide Prediction:

Melbourne will bounce back to their best, they will win by 35-points.

 

Melbourne vs Port Adelaide betting tip:

Melbourne start favourites at $1.5o to Port Adelaide $2.54

File:EssendonDesign.svg  Essendon

File:Gold Coast Suns 2018.png  Gold Coast Suns

Sunday 4:40PM AEST

Marvel Stadium Melbourne

Essendon will host the Gold Coast Suns on Sunday evening at Marvel.

Essendon struggling in 16th with a 5-11 record. Facing a red hot Suns side, in 11th with an 8-8 record. Essendon have won four out of the last five clashes with the Gold Coast Suns.

The Bombers enter this clash following an upset 10-point win over the Brisbane Lions last Sunday. Gold Coast won against Richmond from 40-points down and Noah Anderson’s goal after the final siren to clinch the famous win.

Key players:

Essendon:

  • Peter Wright
  • Jake Stringer
  • Andrew McGrath

Gold Coast:

  • Noah Anderson
  • Mabior Chol
  • Matt Rowell

Essendon vs Gold Coast prediction:

Gold Coast are in a hot run of form, they’ll get the job done by 15-points.

Essendon vs Gold Coast betting tip:

Gold Coast start slight favourites at $1.90 to Essendon $1.94