Round three AFL tips 2015: The third round of the 2015 AFL season is upon us and there are some more intriguing matchups this week. Let’s take a look at each game, the CrownBet odds and the likely winners.
Friday, April 17
Collingwood vs St Kilda tips
The action kicks off on Friday, April 17 when 12th-place Collingwood (1-0-1) takes on eighth-place St Kilda (1-0-1) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Collingwood dropped a 27-point decision to Adelaide last week while St Kilda were busy tasking gown the Gold Coast Suns by 28 points. The current head-to-head odds with CrownBet for a Collingwood win are $1.38 while a St Kilda victory is $3.05. Collingwood should take this match by up to 13 points.
Saturday, April 18
Carlton Blues vs Essendon tips
The 16th-place Carlton Blues (0-0-2) meet 11th-place Essendon (1-0-1) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground this Saturday. Essendon edged the reigning champion Hawthorn Hawks by a pair of points in the second round while the Blues were thumped to the tune of 69 points by the West Coast Eagles. CrownBet currently has Essendon as the solid head-to-head favourites at $1.88 with Carlton at $5.00. Essendon should be able to take down the Blues by between 13 and 42 points.
Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne tips
The first-place Adelaide Crows (2-0-0) host 13th-place Melbourne (1-0-1) at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday. The Crows won their second straight contest last weekend with a 27-point victory over Collingwood. Meanwhile Melbourne was hammered by 45 points courtesy of the Greater Western Sydney Giants. The Crows are the current head-to-head favourites by a wide margin at CrownBet at $1.08 with Melbourne coming in at $7.75 to win. The Crows should win this outing from anywhere between 29 and 50 points.
Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants tips
The Sydney Cricket Ground will host the second-place Sydney Swans (2-0-0) vs third-place Greater Western Sydney Giants (2-0-2) tilt on Saturday. Sydney humbled Port Adelaide by 48 points in round two and the Giants demolished Melbourne by 45 points. The Swans are definitely favoured by CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.13 to win with the Giants at $6.00 to take the two points. These are two undefeated teams, but look for the Battle of the Bridge to go to the Swans by nine to 27 points.
North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide Power tips
Tenth-place North Melbourne (1-0-1) takes on the 15th-place Port Adelaide Power (0-0-2) this Sunday at Etihad Stadium. North Melbourne smoked the Brisbane Lions by 82 points last weekend while Port Adelaide suffered a 48-point defeat at the hands of the Sydney Swans. Port Adelaide are currently the favourites with the CrownBet odds makers at $1.74 to win head-to-head with St Kilda at $2.10. Look for a tough, relatively close game with Port Adelaide pulling away by 15 points at the end.
Brisbane Lions vs Richmond Tigers tips
The place 17th-place Brisbane Lions (0-0-2) host the ninth-place Richmond Tigers (1-0-1) at the Gabba this Saturday. Brisbane was humiliated by North Melbourne last weekend as they were crushed by 82 points while the Tigers were downed by 19 points by the Western Bulldogs. CrownBet currently lists Richmond as the favourites at $1.48 in the head-to-head market with Brisbane at $2.65. Richmond should win this one by nine points.
Sunday, April 19
Hawthorn Hawks vs Western Bulldogs tips
The sixth-place Hawthorn Hawks (2-0-0) Cats and fifth-place Western Bulldogs (2-0-2) will clash this Sunday at Aurora Stadium. Hawthorn was edged by two points last weekend by Essendon and the Western Bulldogs pulled out a 19-point win over the Richmond Tigers. The Hawks are currently the heavy favourites here with CrownBet at $1.09 in the head-to-head market with The Bulldogs at $7.50. Hawthorn has the tools to take this encounter by 12 to 31 points.
Geelong Cats vs Gold Coast Suns tips
The last-place Geelong Cats (0-0-2) be taking on the 14th-place Gold Coast Suns (0-0-2) on Sunday at Simonds Stadium. The Cats were hammered by 44 points last week when they met Essendon while Gold Coast dropped a 28-point decision to St Kilda. Perhaps surprisingly, the Cats are the definite favourites with CrownBet in the head-to-head betting market at $1.15 to win with Essendon coming in at $5.50. Both of these teams are struggling, but look for Geelong to win their first match of the season by about nine points.
West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers tips
The third round wraps up with a third Sunday match between the seventh-place West Coast Eagles (1-0-1) and the fourth-place Fremantle Dockers (2-0-2 at Domain Stadium. The Eagles dismantled the Carlton Blues by 69 points in round two while the Dockers drilled the Geelong Cats by 44 points. Fremantle are the favourites at CrownBet in the head-to-head wagering at $1.33 with the Eagles at $3.35. Look for Fremantle take the game by up to 15 points.