AFL Round 18 Preview & Betting – Essendon Vs St Kilda

Bouncing off this weekend’s action in the AFL, two local rivals will take to the oval as Essendon welcome St Kilda to the Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

The home side finally accomplished a win last round defeating North Melbourne in a thriller at the Etihad – their first victory since beating the Bulldogs in round 10 by nine points – so if you are keen for a punt this round head to Sportbet for the best online options.

The Bombers are outsiders at $4.90 for a consecutive win this round with Ladbrokes.com.au despite the win in round 17, and seeing they have the unenviable task of facing one of the inform sides of the season, have an uphill challenge ahead if they are to overcome the odds.

Kyle Hardingham was a crucial man on the ground for the Bombers last Saturday; booting four and finishing on seven marks, so the speedy utility will be needed to star again even though he will be a key target for the superior talent of the Saints side.

One man the Bombers will look to for inspiration this weekend will undoubtedly be Jobe Watson; the skipper seems to have an uncanny ability to step up his form when against the Saints who struggle to maintain the speedy midfielder.

St Kilda provided the second draw of the season last round – a lucky result against Hawthorn who played the superior footy – which just proves the ability and determination of the Saints squad as they can still provide the goods and are at $1.18 to do so again this round.

Skipper Nick Riewoldt cemented his return to form back from injury and has struck up a solid partnership with Justin Koschitzke in the Saints’ attack while the midfield seems indestructible.

However the Saints need to keep their eye on the prize, as a loss and draw from their past two fixtures could trigger a turn in form at this point in the season, so they need to stop that before it starts this round.

Stephen Milne and Adam Schneider both kicked three last weekend, and with Brendon Goddard in inspirational form of late proves the Saints have the ability to go all the way this year.

Our tip of the match is to go for a St Kilda win by 30-39 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

AFLRules Tip Of The Match

If you look at recent history between the two sides, the Bombers take the cake here, however this game is about recent form and that goes to the Saints. While the Bombers carried out a win last round, they have not looked like a whole unit for weeks now in contrast to the highly in-tune St Kilda side who have flourished as the season progressed. Therefore our tip of the match is to go for a St Kilda win by 30-39 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.