AFL Round 18 Preview & Betting – Collingwood Vs Carlton

One mouth-watering fixture only a matter of days away is the collision of two top-eight sides Collingwood and Carlton as they take to the MCG.

A stunner on the oval for neutral fans, this is a tough one to pick between the top-ranking Pies and the seventh-placed Blues – so do not miss out on the options at Sportbet.

Looking at the two sides’ recent form it is hard to look past a Collingwood win and a hugely convincing one at that with the Pies are at $1.19 for the win at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Collingwood has been in unstoppable form of late, and is thoroughly deserved of its place at the top of the ladder which epitomises the strength of the squad, leaving Mick Malthouse with a desirable dilemma when it comes to picking his best 22.

While there may be individual talent peaking across the ground in the form of Dane Swan and Alan Didak, every one of the 18 players on the oval contribute to the Saints’ run of form which look set to continue against a vulnerable Carlton side.

The Blues have long odds of $4.75 for the win at Ladbrokes.com.au reflecting their recent slump in form, and while they did beat the West Coast last round, the Eagles represent the bottom of the ladder – not the top.

Carlton looked nervy at times last round and looked to Shaun Grigg as one of the saviours, although credit should also go to Robbie Warnock who did well to keep Dean Cox quiet.

It was a slow start for the Blues last weekend – an aspect of their play they must ensure not to use this weekend as the Pies will capitalise, so Chris Judd and Kade Simpson along with the rest of the midfield need to come out hard and fast from the first bounce to be in with a chance.

These two met back in round six at the MCG with the Pies coming away easy winners although that was prior to the Blues’ ride up the ladder. So which way will it go? Will Carlton overcome the odds? Or will the Pies continue to wreak havoc across the AFL at this pivotal point in the season?

Our tip of the match is to go for the Pies to win the first three terms, with Carlton nabbing the fourth at $41 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

AFLRules Tip Of The Match

Collingwood has quickly taken over the position of Geelong as the team to beat with five dominant wins in the last five weeks. The depth of the squad gives the Pies their edge, with the players hardly affected at this tiring point of the season, and so we are going for a Collingwood win with this one.

However the head to head odds are hardly worth punting on for this one, so after looking over the course of the season we have noticed the Pies tend to drop scoring in the final term, which is when the Blues pick it up. Therefore our tip of the match is to go for the Pies to win the first three terms, with Carlton nabbing the fourth at $41 with Ladbrokes.com.au.