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Preview of AFL Round 21 with Best Bets for every game

The following AFL Round 21 Preview will provide an overview of each game and our best betting predictions.


Essendon Bombers vs St Kilda Saints

August 10, 2018 7:50 pm @ Etihad Stadium
Odds: Bombers $1.20, Saints $4.50

Betting preview of the Bombers versus the Saints at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

Bombers Form:

For the Bombers, they only just lost against the Hawks last round by 4 points at the MCG. They are sitting inside the bottom eight with a 10-9 record and will need help to make the finals.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 4 – Bombers 16.7.103, Hawks 16.11.107 – Round 20, 2018
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

Saints Form:

In Round 20, the Saints were well beaten against the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium by 35 points. They have lost 3 matches in a row and sit inside the bottom four as they hold a 4-14 (1 draw) record. They’ve struggled for points as they score 71 per match. While in defence, they concede 95 points per match, which ranks 16th in the AFL.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 35 – Saints 9.14.68, Bulldogs 15.13.103 – Round 20, 2018
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

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Bombers: 6-5
Last 2 Meetings:

Bombers won by 61 points – Round 17, 2017 – Bombers 17.16.118, Saints 7.15.57 @ Etihad Stadium
Saints won by 11 points – Round 16, 2016 – Saints 17.7.109, Bombers 14.14.98 @ Etihad Stadium

Prediction:

The Bombers pumped the Saints in the earlier meeting and this shouldn’t be much different. Essendon by plenty.
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Hawthorn Hawks vs Geelong Cats

August 11, 2018 1:45 pm @ the MCG
Odds: Hawks $2.20, Cats $1.67

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

Hawks Form:

The Hawks survived in Round 20 as they just won against the Bombers 107-103. They have won 3 matches in a row and jumped to 5th on the ladder with a 12-7 record. They are scoring 91 ppg, which ranks 5th in the AFL.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 4 – Hawks 16.11.107, Bombers 16.7.103 – Round 20, 2018
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

Cats Form:

The Cats only just lost against the Tigers last round by 3 points at the MCG. They sit just sitting inside the bottom eight with a 11-8 record so they desperately need to beat the Hawks.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 3 – Cats 12.10.82, Tigers 12.13.85 – Round 20, 2018
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

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Cats: 14-6
Last 2 Meetings:

Hawks won by 1 point – Round 2, 2018 – Hawks 17.16.118, Cats 18.9.117 @ the MCG
Cats won by 3 points – Round 17, 2017 – Cats 13.10.88, Hawks 12.13.85 @ the MCG

Prediction:

Both sides are in good form so I can see a high scoring affair, which was the case in the earlier meeting this year.
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Gold Coast Suns vs Richmond Tigers

August 11, 2018 2:10 pm @ Metricon Stadium
Odds: Suns $14.00, Tigers $1.02

Betting preview of the Suns versus the Tigers at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.

Suns Form:

For the Suns, they weren’t impressive against the Demons last round by 96 points at the MCG. They will start as massive underdogs once again.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 96 – Suns 7.5.47, Demons 21.17.143 – Round 20, 2018
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

Tigers Form:

The Tigers just won in Round 20 as they beat the Cats at the MCG. As a result, they extended their winning streak to 3. They sit atop the ladder and have won by an average of 38 points in season 2018. They have scored 96 points per match, which ranks 2nd in the AFL. While in defence, they allow just 71 points on average.

Last 5 Matches:
WON by 3 – Tigers 12.13.85, Cats 12.10.82 – Round 20, 2018
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

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

Tigers won by 33 points – Round 19, 2017 – Tigers 14.14.98, Suns 10.5.65 @ Metricon Stadium
Tigers won by 17 points – Round 12, 2016 – Tigers 17.12.114, Suns 15.7.97 @ the MCG

Prediction:

It’s hard to see the Suns scoring many points here and Richmond should cruise to a large victory like the Demons last week.
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Port Adelaide Power vs West Coast Eagles

August 11, 2018 4:35 pm @ the Adelaide Oval
Odds: Power $1.48, Eagles $2.65

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

Power Form:

In Round 20, the Power only just lost against the Crows by 3 points in the Showdown. After Round 20, they are sitting inside the top eight with a 12-7 record and this will be a key game for their top 4 hopes.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 3 – Power 14.9.93, Crows 13.18.96 – Round 20, 2018
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

Eagles Form:

The Eagles were very impressive in Round 20 as they trashed the Dockers by around 60 points. But obviously, Andrew Gaff will be missing for a while.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 58 – Eagles 21.16.142, Dockers 13.6.84 – Round 20, 2018
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

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Eagles: 8-5
Last 2 Meetings:

Eagles won by 42 points – Round 7, 2018 – Eagles 16.6.102, Power 9.6.60 @ Optus Stadium
Eagles won by 2 points – Elimination Final, 2017 – Eagles 12.6.78, Power 10.16.76 @ the Adelaide Oval

Prediction:

Despite the Gaff incident, the Eagles have a great record against the Power, especially in Adelaide. So they should keep this close and maybe spring an upset.
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Collingwood Magpies vs Brisbane Lions

August 11, 2018 7:25 pm @ Etihad Stadium
Odds: Magpies $1.28, Lions $3.65

Betting preview of the Magpies versus the Lions at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Magpies Form:

In Round 20, the Magpies suffered a close loss against the Swans by 2 points at the SCG. After Round 20, they are sitting inside the top eight with a 12-7 record. They are scoring 92 ppg, which ranks 4th in the AFL.

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 2 – Magpies 10.11.71, Swans 11.7.73 – Round 20, 2018
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

Lions Form:

The Lions only just lost against the Kangaroos last week 107-104. They are sitting inside the bottom four as they hold a 4-15 record. They’ve struggled for points as they score 84 per match. While in defence, they concede 93 points per match, which ranks 14th in the AFL.

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 3 – Lions 16.8.104, Kangaroos 16.11.107 – Round 20, 2018
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

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

Magpies won by 7 points – Round 7, 2018 – Magpies 19.7.121, Lions 18.6.114 @ the Gabba
Magpies won by 45 points – Round 10, 2017 – Magpies 18.21.129, Lions 13.6.84 @ the MCG

Prediction:

With more to play for, the Pies should win this in a fairly close contest.
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GWS Giants vs Adelaide Crows

August 11, 2018 7:25 pm @ Manuka Oval
Odds: Giants $1.42, Crows $2.85

Betting preview of the Giants versus the Crows at Manuka Oval on Saturday.

Giants Form:

In Round 20, the Giants were impressive against the Blues, winning by 100+ in Melbourne. They have won 4 matches in a row. They’re sitting near the top of the ladder after 20 rounds.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 105 – Giants 23.13.151, Blues 7.4.46 – Round 20, 2018
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

Crows Form:

The Crows survived against the Power by 3 points at the Adelaide Oval to keep their slim top 8 hopes alive.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 3 – Crows 13.18.96, Power 14.9.93 – Round 20, 2018
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

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

Giants won by 16 points – Round 11, 2018 – Giants 14.13.97, Crows 11.15.81 @ the Adelaide Oval
Crows won by 36 points – Qualifying Final, 2017 – Crows 12.12.84, Giants 6.12.48 @ the Adelaide Oval

Prediction:

The Giants are hard to beat in Western Sydney and Adelaide are coming off a tough Showdown win. So Giants to win a close one.
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North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Western Bulldogs

August 12, 2018 1:10 pm @ Etihad Stadium
Odds: Kangaroos $1.32, Bulldogs $3.35

Betting preview of the Kangaroos versus the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Kangaroos Form:

In Round 20, the Kangaroos just won against the Lions by 3 points at the Gabba. They are just outside the top eight with a 11-8 record and need to win this.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 3 – Kangaroos 16.11.107, Lions 16.8.104 – Round 20, 2018
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

Bulldogs Form:

The Bulldogs were victorious in Round 20 after a comfortable victory against the Saints 103-68. The Bulldogs are sitting in the bottom eight after a 6-13 record but will look to hurt the Roos top 8 hopes.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 35 – Bulldogs 15.13.103, Saints 9.14.68 – Round 20, 2018
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

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

Kangaroos won by 2 points – Round 14, 2018 – Kangaroos 12.5.77, Bulldogs 11.9.75 @ Etihad Stadium
Bulldogs won by 1 point – Round 14, 2017 – Bulldogs 15.17.107, Kangaroos 16.10.106 @ Etihad Stadium

Prediction:

North really need to win this but the Bulldogs are coming off a confidence building win and should keep this close.
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Melbourne Demons vs Sydney Swans

August 12, 2018 3:20 pm @ the MCG
Odds: Demons $1.33, Swans $3.30

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

Demons Form:

In Round 20, the Demons were impressive against the Suns by 96 points at the MCG. They’re sitting near the top of the ladder after 20 rounds. They are scoring 105 ppg, which ranks 1st in the AFL.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 96 – Demons 21.17.143, Suns 7.5.47 – Round 20, 2018
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

Swans Form:

The Swans just won in Round 20 as they just beat the Magpies 73-71. After Round 20, they are sitting inside the top eight with a 12-7 record.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 2 – Swans 11.7.73, Magpies 10.11.71 – Round 20, 2018
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

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Swans: 6-1
Last 2 Meetings:

Swans won by 35 points – Round 15, 2017 – Swans 11.19.85, Demons 7.8.50 @ the MCG
Swans won by 55 points – Round 13, 2016 – Swans 12.14.86, Demons 4.7.31 @ the SCG

Prediction:

Sydney has travelled well this season so I can see them getting within 22.5 points, especially with Buddy back in form.
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Fremantle Dockers vs Carlton Blues

August 12, 2018 4:40 pm @ Optus Stadium
Odds: Dockers $1.25, Blues $3.90

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

Dockers Form:

In Round 20, the Dockers were smashed against the Eagles by 58 points at Optus Stadium. They are sitting in the bottom eight after a 7-12 record but they play well at home against team’s like the Blues.

Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 58 – Dockers 13.6.84, Eagles 21.16.142 – Round 20, 2018
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

Blues Form:

The Blues got smashed against the Giants last week as they lost 151-46. They’re destined for the spoon after a terrible season.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 105 – Blues 7.4.46, Giants 23.13.151 – Round 20, 2018
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

Head to Head (Since 2010) – Dockers: 7-3
Last 2 Meetings:

Dockers won by 57 points – Round 13, 2018 – Dockers 15.13.103, Blues 6.10.46 @ Etihad Stadium
Dockers won by 35 points – Round 9, 2017 – Dockers 13.8.86, Blues 7.9.51 @ Subiaco

Prediction:

The Dockers won’t be happy after last week’s Derby loss and they’ll inflict pain on the lowly Blues.
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