AFL Secret Insider – Weekly Preview
Not sure who to back as you strive to win the round? Read our Secret Insider's thoughts
on how the games should go:
Most of last week’s tipping went to plan, but that Collingwood win still haunts me.
Tipping gets very tough at this time of the year as some teams start bubble wrapping
their stars for next season while they blood the youth; scary thing is they can sometimes
We start the week off with a ripper: Richmond taking on Essendon.
The resurgent Tigers are up to a winning streak of five matches and mathematically a
chance of making the finals, which is probably enough reason to tip against them.
Both teams have been playing good footy of late and the outcome will certainly have a
bearing on the final eight.
It’s been 12 years since Essendon has knocked off Richmond twice in the same year and
though I think Essendon should be too strong, but I’m still backing the Tigers.
Betting Prediction - Match Result: Richmond $2.53 Half Time/Full Time: Richmond/
The Giants will host the Kangaroos in what would be a much needed rebound match for
Coming off their first back-to-back loss for the year, this is a perfect chance to get their
finals back on track and secure a possible home final.
Betting Prediction - Highest Scoring Quarter: Third Qtr $3.25
Next we see Carlton hosting Gold Coast.
It’s hard to predict where this one will go as the Suns finally have one on the board without
Ablett, but it was against the Saints at home. I must tip the Blues to get the job done.
Betting Prediction - Match Result: Carlton $1.55 & Half-Time/Full-Time: Carlton/
It’s smashing time at the G.
Hawthorn have a tough few weeks ahead of them and percentage might be the difference,
so I expect the Hawks to demolish the Demons.
Betting Prediction - No Bet, save it for the evening options.
Geelong will be out for revenge against Fremantle.
After the embarrassing finals loss at home last year plus the loss in Perth earlier this year,
they won’t want to let that happen again, especially with a top two spot still up for grabs.
Both teams are near full strength and it will be a tough physical grind throughout the whole
match, taking the Cats at home.
Betting Prediction - Highest Scoring Quarter: First Qtr $3.75. Half Time/Full Time:
The other Saturday night match looks more interesting with Port Adelaide hosting Sydney.
After another close loss --which now makes five out of their last seven, Port seem to be
losing their grip on a top four spot.
It’s not entirely gone but they do need to find their magic somehow.
Franklin is likely to return this week for the Swans which is a handy inclusion.
I can’t see how Port could get home in this one, so tipping Sydney.
Betting Prediction - Match Result: Sydney $1.45. Half Time/Full Time: Sydney/
Adelaide will travel to Brisbane in a bid to stay in the race to the finals.
They continue their very hit and miss season after their shock loss last week against the
This should be the last chance at victory for the year for Brisbane so they will be giving it
their all, however we expect they will likely come up short: Crows by a few.
Betting Prediction - Match Result: Adelaide $1.55. Half Time/Full Time: Adelaide/
If you’re playing catch up at this stage, Highest Scoring Quarter: Third Qtr $3.25.
The Saints will play The Dogs in the only match of the round that has no bearing on
finals, so I will be backing the Dogs.
Betting Prediction - A long shot is Half Time/Full Time: St Kilda/Western Bulldogs
We end the round in Perth with The Eagles taking on the Pies.
This tip has caused some anguish as lately West Coast have been losing at home and
winning away, so go figure.
Collingwood have their season on the line which is what I hope will motivate them into a
Betting Prediction - Match Result: Collingwood $1.91 & Highest Scoring Quarter:
Second Qtr $3.50