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Preview of AFL Round 20 with Best Bets for every game

The following AFL Round 20 Preview will provide an overview of each game and our best betting predictions.


Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats

August 3, 2018 7:50 pm @ the MCG
Odds: Tigers $1.31, Cats $3.45

Betting preview of the Tigers versus the Cats at the MCG on Friday.

Tigers Form:

In Round 19, the Tigers won against the Magpies by 28 points at the MCG. It extended their MCG winning streak to 18 games and they’ll be back here on Friday. They’re the top side in the AFL with a 14-4 record. They are scoring 97 ppg (2nd in the AFL) and allow just 70 points in defence.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 28 – Tigers 16.9.105, Magpies 12.5.77 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 54 – Tigers 16.15.111, Saints 8.9.57 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 2 – Tigers 10.17.77, Giants 11.13.79 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 47 – Tigers 15.13.103, Crows 8.8.56 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 26 – Tigers 14.9.93, Swans 11.1.67 – Round 15, 2018

Cats Form:

In Round 19, the Cats easily won against the Lions by 42 points at Kardinia Park. After Round 19, they are sitting inside the top eight with an 11-7 record but will need to improve against the top side in the AFL.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 42 – Cats 18.12.120, Lions 11.12.78 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 2 – Cats 16.4.100, Demons 14.14.98 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 15 – Cats 14.13.97, Crows 16.16.112 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 12 – Cats 8.23.71, Swans 9.5.59 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 2 – Cats 15.11.101, Bulldogs 16.7.103 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Cats: 8-2
Last 2 Meetings:

Tigers won by 18 points – Round 13, 2018 – Tigers 12.11.83, Cats 9.11.65 @ the MCG
Tigers won by 51 points – Qualifying Final, 2017 – Tigers 13.13.91, Cats 5.10.40 @ the MCG

Prediction:

Richmond’s 18 straight wins is hard to back against and they already beat the Cats here this season. So they should cover the line at this venue once again.
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Hawthorn Hawks vs Essendon Bombers

August 4, 2018 1:45 pm @ the MCG
Odds: Hawks $2.00, Bombers $1.82

Betting preview of the Hawks versus the Bombers at the MCG on Saturday.

Hawks Form:

In Round 19, the Hawks were very impressive against the Dockers by 59 points at Optus Stadium. After Round 19, they are sitting inside the top eight with a 11-7 record. They are scoring 90 ppg, which ranks 4th in the AFL.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 59 – Hawks 17.10.112, Dockers 7.11.53 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 72 – Hawks 18.16.124, Blues 7.10.52 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 33 – Hawks 9.11.65, Lions 15.8.98 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 63 – Hawks 19.8.122, Bulldogs 9.5.59 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 11 – Hawks 13.6.84, Giants 13.17.95 – Round 15, 2018

Bombers Form:

The Bombers won in Round 19 after a comfortable victory against the Swans at Etihad Stadium. After the win, they have now won 3 straight matches. The Bombers are sitting inside the bottom eight with a 10-8 record so they desperately need to win this.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 43 – Bombers 15.19.109, Swans 10.6.66 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 29 – Bombers 13.21.99, Dockers 11.4.70 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 44 – Bombers 13.17.95, Suns 6.15.51 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 16 – Bombers 9.8.62, Magpies 12.6.78 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 17 – Bombers 19.11.125, Kangaroos 16.12.108 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Hawks: 8-3
Last 2 Meetings:

Hawks won by 23 points – Round 7, 2018 – Hawks 13.12.90, Bombers 10.7.67 @ the MCG
Bombers won by 25 points – Round 1, 2017 – Bombers 17.14.116, Hawks 12.19.91 @ the MCG

Prediction:

The betting odds are close and for good reason. Both sides are in great form and pushing for a top 8 finish. So I can see a high scoring game with many lead changes.
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Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Kangaroos

August 4, 2018 2:10 pm @ the Gabba
Odds: Lions $2.05, Kangaroos $1.77

Betting preview of the Lions versus the Kangaroos at the Gabba on Saturday.

Lions Form:

In Round 19, the Lions were easily beaten against the Cats by 42 points at Kardinia Park. They are sitting inside the bottom four as they hold a 4-14 record but have looked improved lately.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 42 – Lions 11.12.78, Cats 18.12.120 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 5 – Lions 13.10.88, Crows 13.15.93 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 33 – Lions 15.8.98, Hawks 9.11.65 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 65 – Lions 18.12.120, Blues 7.13.55 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 55 – Lions 18.11.119, Dockers 9.10.64 – Round 15, 2018

Kangaroos Form:

The Kangaroos won in Round 19 as they beat the Eagles at Bellerive Oval. They are just outside the top eight with a 10-8 record so this is a key game for their season.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 40 – Kangaroos 12.9.81, Eagles 6.5.41 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 66 – Kangaroos 9.10.64, Magpies 20.10.130 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 6 – Kangaroos 15.8.98, Swans 16.8.104 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 37 – Kangaroos 14.11.95, Suns 8.10.58 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 17 – Kangaroos 16.12.108, Bombers 19.11.125 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Kangaroos: 10-3
Last 2 Meetings:

Kangaroos won by 54 points – Round 11, 2018 – Kangaroos 21.15.141, Lions 12.15.87 @ Etihad Stadium
Kangaroos won by 51 points – Round 23, 2017 – Kangaroos 19.16.130, Lions 11.13.79 @ the Gabba

Prediction:

North pulled off a great win last week and they should win this up in Brisbane with more to play for in terms of their top 8 hopes.
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Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Power

August 4, 2018 4:35 pm @ the Adelaide Oval
Odds: Crows $2.00, Power $1.82

Betting preview of the Crows versus the Power at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Crows Form:

For the Crows, they were easily beaten against the Demons last round by 13 points at the Adelaide Oval. The Crows are sitting in the bottom eight after a 9-9 record. They’re scoring 83 points per match and allow 84 points in defence.

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 13 – Crows 10.17.77, Demons 13.12.90 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 5 – Crows 13.15.93, Lions 13.10.88 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 15 – Crows 16.16.112, Cats 14.13.97 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 47 – Crows 8.8.56, Tigers 15.13.103 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 10 – Crows 12.16.88, Eagles 12.6.78 – Round 15, 2018

Power Form:

The Power won in Round 19 after a comfortable victory against the Bulldogs 78-34. They are sitting in the top four on the ladder with a 12-6 record. In the forward line, they are scoring 82 ppg, which ranks 13th in the AFL. In defence, they allow 70 points per match and that ranks 1st in the AFL.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 44 – Power 11.12.78, Bulldogs 5.4.34 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 22 – Power 8.10.58, Giants 11.14.80 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 9 – Power 7.8.50, Dockers 8.11.59 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 36 – Power 12.14.86, Saints 7.8.50 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 21 – Power 13.12.90, Blues 10.9.69 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Crows: 9-8
Last 2 Meetings:

Power won by 5 points – Round 8, 2018 – Power 14.11.95, Crows 14.6.90 @ the Adelaide Oval
Crows won by 84 points – Round 20, 2017 – Crows 18.22.130, Power 7.4.46 @ the Adelaide Oval

Prediction:

Adelaide has dominated the Showdown over the last couple of seasons so this should be no different. However, I like the overs which is set very low at 151.5 points.
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St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs

August 4, 2018 7:25 pm @ Etihad Stadium
Odds: Saints $1.68, Bulldogs $2.20

Betting preview of the Saints versus the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Saints Form:

In Round 19, the Saints were well beaten against the Giants by 25 points at Spotless Stadium. They are sitting inside the bottom four as they hold a 4-13 (1 draw) record. They rank 14th in the AFL for points scored (71) and 16th for points allowed (94).

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 25 – Saints 8.13.61, Giants 13.8.86 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 54 – Saints 8.9.57, Tigers 16.15.111 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 64 – Saints 16.20.116, Blues 7.10.52 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 36 – Saints 7.8.50, Power 12.14.86 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 2 – Saints 18.11.119, Demons 18.9.117 – Round 15, 2018

Bulldogs Form:

The Bulldogs were easily beaten against the Power last week as they lost 78-34. They are on a 3 match losing streak. The Bulldogs are sitting inside the bottom eight with a 5-13 record. They’ve scored on average 67 points per match. In the backline, they allow 96 points and that ranks 17th in the AFL.

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 44 – Bulldogs 5.4.34, Power 11.12.78 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 54 – Bulldogs 6.10.46, Eagles 14.16.100 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 50 – Bulldogs 10.9.69, Demons 18.11.119 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 63 – Bulldogs 9.5.59, Hawks 19.8.122 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 2 – Bulldogs 16.7.103, Cats 15.11.101 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Saints: 7-5
Last 2 Meetings:

Bulldogs won by 40 points – Round 10, 2017 – Bulldogs 13.12.90, Saints 7.8.50 @ Etihad Stadium
Saints won by 15 points – Round 18, 2016 – Saints 11.9.75, Bulldogs 9.6.60 @ Kardinia Park

Prediction:

This is a game the Saints should win. The Bulldogs struggle in second halves and the Saints should make them pay.
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Sydney Swans vs Collingwood Magpies

August 4, 2018 7:25 pm @ the SCG
Odds: Swans $1.85, Magpies $1.95

Betting preview of the Swans versus the Magpies at the SCG on Saturday.

Swans Form:

For the Swans, they were easily beaten against the Bombers last round by 43 points at Etihad Stadium. They are now just outside the top eight with a 11-7 record and with a tough run home, they could miss the finals all together.

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 43 – Swans 10.6.66, Bombers 15.19.109 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 24 – Swans 8.16.64, Suns 12.16.88 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 6 – Swans 16.8.104, Kangaroos 15.8.98 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 12 – Swans 9.5.59, Cats 8.23.71 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 26 – Swans 11.1.67, Tigers 14.9.93 – Round 15, 2018

Magpies Form:

The Magpies were once again easily beaten by the Tigers last week 77-105. They are sitting in the top four on the ladder with a 12-6 record. But are injuries starting to take a toll?
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 28 – Magpies 12.5.77, Tigers 16.9.105 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 66 – Magpies 20.10.130, Kangaroos 9.10.64 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 35 – Magpies 9.13.67, Eagles 15.12.102 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 16 – Magpies 12.6.78, Bombers 9.8.62 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 39 – Magpies 14.15.99, Suns 8.12.60 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Magpies: 6-4
Last 2 Meetings:

Magpies won by 1 point – Round 3, 2017 – Magpies 11.14.80, Swans 11.13.79 @ the SCG
Swans won by 80 points – Round 1, 2016 – Swans 18.25.133, Magpies 7.11.53 @ the SCG

Prediction:

Sydney and Collingwood both have their injury worries. However, the Pies midfield is still strong on paper and Sydney is lacking experience/confidence after a few bad losses. The Pies won by a point here last season and should win this again.
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Carlton Blues vs GWS Giants

August 5, 2018 1:10 pm @ Etihad Stadium
Odds: Blues $9.00, Giants $1.06

Betting preview of the Blues versus the Giants at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Blues Form:

The Blues finally won in Round 19 as they comfortably beat the Suns 79-44. Patrick Cripps proved his worth with a dominant performance and the Blues will be keen for another win this Sunday.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 35 – Blues 12.7.79, Suns 5.14.44 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 72 – Blues 7.10.52, Hawks 18.16.124 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 64 – Blues 7.10.52, Saints 16.20.116 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 65 – Blues 7.13.55, Lions 18.12.120 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 21 – Blues 10.9.69, Power 13.12.90 – Round 15, 2018

Giants Form:

The Giants won in Round 19 after a comfortable victory against the Saints 86-61. After the win, they have now won 3 straight matches. After Round 19, they are sitting inside the top eight with a 11-6 (1 draw) record.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 25 – Giants 13.8.86, Saints 8.13.61 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 22 – Giants 11.14.80, Power 8.10.58 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 2 – Giants 11.13.79, Tigers 10.17.77 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 11 – Giants 10.15.75, Eagles 13.8.86 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 11 – Giants 13.17.95, Hawks 13.6.84 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Giants: 4-3
Last 2 Meetings:

Blues won by 1 point – Round 12, 2017 – Blues 10.11.71, Giants 9.16.70 @ Etihad Stadium
Giants won by 62 points – Round 14, 2016 – Giants 18.19.127, Blues 9.11.65 @ Spotless Stadium

Prediction:

The Blues stagged a massive upset last season as they defeated the Giants here. I’m not sure it will happen again but as the Blues come off a win, they should keep this under 50 points.
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Melbourne Demons vs Gold Coast Suns

August 5, 2018 3:20 pm @ the MCG
Odds: Demons $1.02, Suns $15.00

Betting preview of the Demons versus the Suns at the MCG on Sunday.

Demons Form:

The Demons were victorious in Round 19 as they comfortably beat the Crows 90-77. They are sitting 6th on the ladder with a 11-7 record. They are scoring 103 ppg, which ranks 1st in the AFL, which should be the key against the Suns.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 13 – Demons 13.12.90, Crows 10.17.77 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 2 – Demons 14.14.98, Cats 16.4.100 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 50 – Demons 18.11.119, Bulldogs 10.9.69 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 54 – Demons 13.24.102, Dockers 7.6.48 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 2 – Demons 18.9.117, Saints 18.11.119 – Round 15, 2018

Suns Form:

In Round 19, the Suns were well beaten against the Blues at Metricon Stadium by 35 points. They are sitting inside the bottom four as they hold a 4-14 record. They rank 18th in the AFL for points scored (60) and 15th for points allowed (94).

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 35 – Suns 5.14.44, Blues 12.7.79 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 24 – Suns 12.16.88, Swans 8.16.64 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 44 – Suns 6.15.51, Bombers 13.17.95 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 37 – Suns 8.10.58, Kangaroos 14.11.95 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 39 – Suns 8.12.60, Magpies 14.15.99 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Demons: 8-3
Last 2 Meetings:

Demons won by 69 points – Round 8, 2018 – Demons 21.20.146, Suns 11.11.77 @ the Gabba
Demons won by 35 points – Round 10, 2017 – Demons 18.14.122, Suns 13.9.87 @ Alice Springs

Prediction:

William Hill is expecting a huge win for the Demons with a 67 point line! However, the overs seems like the best bet after the two sides totalled 223 points in May.
Over 174.5 points $1.88

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West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers

August 5, 2018 4:40 pm @ Optus Stadium
Odds: Eagles $1.15, Dockers $5.50

Betting preview of the Eagles versus the Dockers at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Eagles Form:

For the Eagles, they were well beaten against the Kangaroos last round by 40 points at Bellerive Oval. While they’re sitting near the top of the ladder after 19 rounds, they will need Kennedy back soon in the forward line.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 40 – Eagles 6.5.41, Kangaroos 12.9.81 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 54 – Eagles 14.16.100, Bulldogs 6.10.46 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 35 – Eagles 15.12.102, Magpies 9.13.67 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 11 – Eagles 13.8.86, Giants 10.15.75 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 10 – Eagles 12.6.78, Crows 12.16.88 – Round 15, 2018

Dockers Form:

The Dockers weren’t impressive against the Hawks last round in a 59 point defeat at Optus Stadium. With their season over, this will be their Grand Final as such.

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 59 – Dockers 7.11.53, Hawks 17.10.112 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 29 – Dockers 11.4.70, Bombers 13.21.99 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 9 – Dockers 8.11.59, Power 7.8.50 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 54 – Dockers 7.6.48, Demons 13.24.102 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 55 – Dockers 9.10.64, Lions 18.11.119 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Eagles: 9-8
Last 2 Meetings:

Eagles won by 8 points – Round 6, 2018 – Eagles 13.11.89, Dockers 12.9.81 @ Optus Stadium
Eagles won by 30 points – Round 17, 2017 – Eagles 11.8.74, Dockers 5.14.44 @ Subiaco

Prediction:

The Dockers should be up for the Derby with their season pretty much over and the Eagles coming off a loss.
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