Twelfth round AFL action will be kicking off on Thursday, June 18th this week and there will once again be some exciting showdowns until it concludes on Sunday, June 21. There are just half a dozen contests scheduled due to byes, but let’s take a look at each match as well as the current wagering odds from CrownBet and the likely victors of these contests.
Thursday, June 18th
Adelaide Crows vs Hawthorn Hawks tips
All of the 12th round action gets underway on Friday, June 18th at the Adelaide Oval where the seventh-place Adelaide Crows (6-4) will clash with the sixth-place Hawthorn Hawks, who are also 6-4 on the season. Both teams took a rest last week as they had byes in the 11th round. The Crows will be looking for their second consecutive victory while the Hawks are going for their third on the trot. The Hawks are favoured with CrownBet in the current head-to-head odds at $1.37 while the hometown Crows are listed at $3.10 to win. Fans and bettors should look for the Hawks to win this contest by up to 21 points.
Friday, June 19th
Richmond Tigers vs West Coast Eagles tips
The action shifts to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday where the eighth-place Richmond Tigers (6-4) will be battling it out with the third-place West Coast Eagles (8-3). West Coast drilled the Essendon Bombers by 50 points last week at Domain Stadium while the Tigers enjoyed a bye. West Coast has won four of their last five outings while the Tigers will be gunning for their fifth straight win. The Tigers became the first team to hand the league-leading Fremantle Dockers a loss this season when they dropped them at Domain Stadium two weeks ago. The Tigers are the close favourites with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $1.75 while the Tigers are $2.10 to win. Fans should expect a good close match here with the Tigers taking it by a dozen points.
Saturday, June 20th
Carlton Blues vs Port Adelaide Power tips
The Melbourne Cricket Ground will also host Saturday’s clash between the last-place Carlton Blues (1-9) and the 10th-place Port Adelaide Power (6-5). The Blues took round 11 off with a bye while Port Adelaide was taken down at home at the Adelaide Oval by the Geelong Cats to the tune of 23 points. Carlton has lost their past five contests while the Power has gone 2-3 in their last five. The Power is currently the firm head-to-head favourites at CrownBet at $1.37 with the Blues coming in at $3.40 to win. Port Adelaide should be able to win this one handily by up to 28 points.
GWS Giants vs North Melbourne Kangaroos tips
Spotless Stadium will be the site of the Saturday showdown between the 12th-place North Melbourne Kangaroos (5-6) and the fifth-place Greater Western Sydney Giants (7-4). The Kangaroos dropped a 16-point decision to the Sydney Swans last week at Etihad Stadium while the Giants were smoked by 42 points at the hands of the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Giants are now 3-2 in their last five fixtures while the Kangaroos are 2-3. The Kangaroos are favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.42 to win with the Giants at $2.90 to take the points. The bookmakers may be wrong on this one though as fans should see the Giants emerge victorious by two points in a close encounter.
Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions tips
The 11th-place Western Bulldogs (5-5) are set to square off against the 16th-place Brisbane Lions (2-8) at Etihad Stadium this Saturday. The Bulldogs took a rest last week with a bye and the Lions joined them. The Lions have lost three in a row after winning a pair on the trot while the Bulldogs are just 1-4 in their past fine outings. The Bulldogs are currently the firm favourites with the CrownBet odds makers at $1.33 to win head-to-head with the Lions at $3.35. Look for the Bulldogs to get back on the winning track here with a 30-point win.
Sunday, June 21st
Geelong Cats vs Melbourne Demons tips
The 12th round wraps up at Simonds Stadium on Sunday where the ninth-place Geelong Cats (6-5) will be taking on the 15th-place Melbourne Demons (3-7). The Cats were purring last weekend as they clawed their way to a 23-point win over the Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval. Meanwhile, the Demons lost a heartbreaker at Etihad Stadium as they were edged by two points courtesy of the St Kilda Saints. The Demons will be trying to snap their three-match losing streak while Geelong will be aiming for their third consecutive victory. The Cats are currently the solid favourites here with CrownBet at $1.17 in the head-to-head market with the Demons at $5.25. The Cats should prove the odds makers right and take this encounter by up to 33 points.