The eighth round of the 2015 AFL campaign is set to kickoff on Friday May 22nd and as always, there are some intriguing matchups again this weekend. Let’s take a look at each contest as well as the current CrownBet odds and the likely victors.
Friday, May 22
Geelong Cats vs Carlton Blues tips
The action kicks off on Friday, May 22 at Etihad Stadium where the 13th-place Geelong Cats (3-4) will do battle with the last place Carlton Blues (1-6). Geelong was thumped by 43 points at the hands of the Sydney Swans last week at ANZ Stadium while the Blues were blown out by the Greater Western Sydney Giants by 78 points at the Etihad. The current head-to-head odds with CrownBet have the Cats as the favourites at $1.21 while the Blues are decided underdogs at $4.50. Look for Geelong to take this game by about 32 points.
Saturday, May 23
St Kilda Saints vs West Coast Eagles tips
The action returns to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday when the 14th-place St Kilda Saints (2-5) face off against the second-place West Coast Eagles (5-2). St Kilda was drilled by 43 points courtesy of the Adelaide Crows a week ago at the Adelaide Oval while the Eagles demolished the Gold Coast Suns at Domain Stadium by 92 points. CrownBet currently has the Eagles as the solid head-to-head favourites at $1.25 with St Kilda at $4.00. This game might not be that close at all as the Eagles should take it by up to 55 points.
Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Adelaide Crows tips
Spotless Stadium will host Saturday’s clash between the fifth-place Greater Western Sydney Giants (5-2) and the fourth-place Adelaide Crows, who are also 5-2 on the season. The Giants smoked the last-place Carlton Blues by 78 points at Etihad Stadium in the seventh round while the Crows took care of St Kilda by 46 points at the Adelaide Oval. The Giants are currently the head-to-head favourites at CrownBet at $1.57 with the Crows coming in at $2.40 to win. The Crows might turn the tables here though and take a relatively close encounter by seven points.
Gold Coast Suns vs Collingwood Magpies tips
Metricon Stadium will be the site of the Saturday showdown between the 17th-place Gold Coast Suns (1-6) and the seventh-place Collingwood Magpies (4-3). The Suns were taken down big time last weekend by 92 points at the hands of the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium. Meanwhile, Collingwood dropped a close five-point decision to the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Magpies are favoured solidly at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.36 to win with the Suns at $3.15 to take the points. Look for the Magpies to take this clash by up to 22 points.
Hawthorn Hawks vs Sydney Swans tips
The sixth-place Hawthorn Hawks (4-3) are set to square off against the third-place Sydney Swans (5-2) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground his Saturday. The Swans thumped the Geelong Cats by 43 points last weekend at ANZ Stadium while the Hawks completely demolished the Melbourne Demons by 105 points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Hawks are currently the favourites with the CrownBet odds makers at $1.60 to win head-to-head with the Swans at $2.40. Look for the Hawks to down the Swans in this outing by up to 17 points.
Fremantle Dockers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos tips
The undefeated and table-topping Fremantle Dockers will be putting their 7-0 record on the line this Saturday when they take on the ninth-place North Melbourne Kangaroos (4-3) at Domain Stadium. The Dockers downed the Western Bulldogs by 13 points at Etihad Stadium in the previous round while the Kangaroos edged Essendon by 11 at the same venue. The Dockers are currently the firm favourites here with CrownBet at $1.22 in the head-to-head market with the Kangaroos at $4.35. The Dockers have the tools to win their eighth straight contest and should take this encounter by up to 22 points.
Sunday, May 24
Essendon Bombers vs Brisbane Lions tips
The 11th-place Essendon Bombers (3-4) meet the 16th-place Brisbane Lions (3-5) on Sunday at Etihad Stadium. The Bombers were 11-point losers to the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium in the seventh round while the Lions beat the Port Adelaide Power by 37 points at the Gabba. The Lions are the underdogs with CrownBet in the head-to-head betting market at $4.00 to win with the Bombers coming in as the favourites at $1.25. This looks about right and expect Essendon to win this clash encounter by up to 31 points.
Melbourne Demons vs Western Bulldogs tips
The 15th-place Melbourne Demons (2-5) will battle it out with the eighth-place Western Bulldogs (4-3) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. The Demons were completely outclassed by 105 points at the hands of the Hawthorn Hawks last week at the MCG while the Bulldogs were toppled by 13 points by the league-leading Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium. The Bulldogs are the current favourites at CrownBet in the head-to-head wagering at $1.38 with the Demons at $3.10. The Bulldogs should be good enough on the day to down the Demons by about 26 points.
Port Adelaide Power vs Richmond Tigers tips
The eighth round action will come to a conclusion at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday as the 12th-place Port Adelaide Power (3-4) will square off against the 10th-place Richmond Tigers, who are also 3-4 on the campaign. The Power were upset last week at the Gabba when the Lions dropped them by 37 points while Richmond was busy edging Collingwood by five points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Port Adelaide is the firm favourite at CrownBet to take this game at $1.30 while the Tigers are currently listed at $3.65. Look for Port Adelaide to prove the bookmakers right and take the match by up to 17 points.