AFL Round 18 Preview & Betting – Brisbane Lions Vs Melbourne

The Brisbane Lions have the opportunity to redeem themselves this weekend as they welcome a follow bottom eight side Melbourne to the Gabba on Saturday night, so get along to Ladbrokes.com.au to show your support.

The home side has had a dire season – starting superbly and flying high with new recruit Brendon Fevola who teamed up dreamingly with skipper Jonathan Brown to form one of the most fearsome partnerships in the AFL – and they were second on the ladder.

However fast forward to the present day and the Lions face a tumultuous challenge of getting their fans back on board after some lacklustre displays – so go into this round favourites at  $1.81 with Ladbrokes.com.au which could finally provide them with the chance they need.

The absolute thrashing by Geelong last weekend needs to be wiped from the memory and instead the performance by Brown needs to be concentrated on as he stood out from his teammates kicking four goals.

Luke Power was another silver lining coming from a very bleak Lions cloud which Fevola was very much a part of, and if the full-forward really does want to keep his spot in the Lions’ brigade, needs to replicate those performances from the first few weeks of the AFL.

Melbourne overcame the odds last weekend to deliver the Sydney Swans a 73-point defeat – coach Paul Roos’ biggest ever losing margin, and are slight outsiders once more at $2 for this fixture.

The Demons have been a surprising if inconsistent package this season, sitting in 11th place yet able to hold the now table toppers Collingwood to a draw back in round 12, then losing to the likes of the Crows.

Travelling to the Gabba will give the Melbourne side something to worry about, but with James Frawley maintaining his impressive form from last season, will attempt to control either Fevola or Brown this round.

If midfielder Brad Green can replicate his performance last weekend the five goals would certainly come in handy for the Dees, especially if Lynden Dunn continues to prove his worth for the side.

Our tip of the match is to go against the odds with a Melbourne win by 30-39 points at $9 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

AFLRules Tip of the Match

For this one, the home advantage is giving the Lions the edge in the odds, and so a keen punter should take advantage of this and go on recent form. The last few weeks certainly lean in the Demons’ favour, and seeing as the Melbourne team were the ones to trigger Brisbane’s decline in the early stages of the season, there is mental factor for both teams to consider coming into the game. Therefore our tip of the match is to go against the odds with a Melbourne win by 30-39 points at $9 with Ladbrokes.com.au.