AFL Round 7 gets underway with a clash between Collingwood and Port Adelaide to start the weekend footy.
GWS Giants and St Kilda meet in a key game at the top of the ladder, while leaders Geelong Cats host Essendon Bombers and surprise package Fremantle Dockers head to Adelaide to face the Crows.
We preview each of the nine games below:
Collingwood v Port Adelaide
The two sides are among some of the better performers so far this season and have both won four of their six games. Collingwood sit in third position at the conclusion of the latest weekend of action, just ahead of fifth placed Port Adelaide on percentage. The Magpies come off a thrilling three point win on ANZAC Day ahead of Essendon and are favoured in the head to head betting. The Power are among a number of sides that have surprised this season. They took out their round six clash by 16 points over North Melbourne at the Adelaide Oval and were victorious at their only other trip to Melbourne this season. Collingwood should have all the answers in Friday night footy.
Prediction: Collingwood -20.5 ($1.85 TopBetta)
GWS Giants v St Kilda
The two sides head in with win-loss records of 4-2 but it is GWS that are the warm favourites in the early head-to-head betting. The Giants were far too good for their local rivals, Sydney, in round six, clearing out to a 41 point win with Stephen Coniglio, Jeremy Cameron and Toby Greene among the stars. On the same weekend, St Kilda couldn’t back up their early season form, going down to the Adelaide Crows by 29 points at Marvel Stadium. GWS will be tough to beat at their home ground and if they get their running game going the 27.5 point line is within their grasp.
Prediction: GWS -30.5 ($1.85 TopBetta)
Melbourne Demons v Hawthorn
Melbourne have been one of the big talking points of 2019 for all the wrong reasons. After rising to make the Preliminary Final last year, the Demons were tipped as one of the teams to beat but Simon Goodwin’s side have registered just one win so far. Hawthorn have fared somewhat better, winning three of their six games. It is hard to see how Melbourne can turn things around after their recent displays and Hawthorn should be ready go after their strong second half against Carlton last weekend.
Prediction: Hawthorn win ($1.71 TopBetta)
Brisbane Lions v Sydney Swans
It has been a year of contrasting fortunes for the two sides. The perennial battlers, Brisbane, look to have turned things around in season 2019 and have won four of their first six. They are just one victory away from the total of just five wins from last year. For Sydney, it has just about been a case of the opposite. The Swans, who have not missed the finals since 2009, are just about out of contention after managing to win just one game so far this season. I’m not fully convinced about the Lions just yet but their two losses were against quality opposition and the Swans really are battling in 2019.
Prediction: Brisbane by 1-39 ($2.00 TopBetta)
Western Bulldogs v Richmond Tigers
The Western Bulldogs will be out to snap a four game losing streak. After opening up the season with two wins, the Dogs have since gone down to Gold Coast, Collingwood, Carlton and Fremantle. Richmond are one of seven sides on the ladder with a win-loss record of 4-2. The 2017 premiers have done well in recent weeks as injuries have plagued the club and now Jack Riewoldt will be on the sidelines for the next two months. This could be a bit closer than what a lot of people think as the Dogs have a good record against Richmond.
Prediction: Bulldogs +17.5 ($1.90 TopBetta)
West Coast Eagles v Gold Coast Suns
Both sides enter with 3-3 records. West Coast were embarrassed by top-of-the-table Geelong as they suffered a 58-point thrashing at the ‘Cattery.’ The Suns were just as poor last round as Brisbane demolished them in the second half. Trailing by a goal at halftime, the Suns kicked just three goals to 10 in the second half. West Coast pack too many weapons and should comfortably take care of the Suns at home.
Prediction: Eagles -46.5 ($1.90 TopBetta)
Carlton v North Melbourne
Both sides enter the contest with just one win and five losses beside their name. Carlton snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Hawthorn after leading by 31 points at half time only to lose by five points in Tasmania. North Melbourne were 16-point losers to Port Adelaide. The margin could have been much greater with the Power kicking 12.16. Carlton are gaining confidence and their young core looks good. They look value as the underdog and should be strong contenders.
Prediction: Carlton win ($2.30 TopBetta)
Geelong Cats v Essendon Bombers
Top-of-the-ladder Geelong enter the match with five wins and one loss. Essendon are three and three as they currently sit 10th on the ladder. Geelong were awesome to watch in Round 6 as they completely dominated at home against West Coast. Essendon were brave against Collingwood in a game that could have gone either way. Expect them to test Geelong and they could make it a hat-trick against the Cats.
Prediction: Bombers +14.5 ($1.90 TopBetta)
Adelaide Crows v Fremantle Dockers
Adelaide have bounced back into contention in the last two weeks with wins over the Gold Coast Suns and St Kilda. The Crows opened up with just one win from their first four games but have now squared their win-loss ledger at three apiece. Fremantle have been one of the surprise packets of the season, winning four of their six matches and closed out round six in second spot on the ladder. The Dockers come off a 19 point triumph over the Western Bulldogs in Perth. Fremantle can stick with Adelaide in this game and were good the last time they faced a road trip by defeating GWS. Take them with the start.
Prediction: Fremantle +19.5 ($1.90 TopBetta)