AFL Round 18 Preview & Betting – Port Adelaide Vs Hawthorn

After a halt in the process last round, Hawthorn will be looking to return to their winning ways this round as they travel to the AAMI Stadium on Saturday afternoon to face Port Adelaide – so make sure you get to Sportbet to check out the betting options for this one!

The Hawks were part of one of the greatest games of the season last weekend when they held St Kilda to a draw – the second of the season – in a match which almost ensured they will be playing footy come September and are at $1.34 for the win this round at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Growing in strength and confidence from week to week, the goal at the moment is to reach the top four which means a win over Port is mandatory and would see them edge that bit further up the ladder.

Shaun Burgoyne has stepped up his performances in line with the clubs rise in form averaging 30 possessions and six tackles in his last two run outs, and could prove critical come Saturday afternoon.

Port Adelaide has had a rough time of it lately, losing long-term coach Mark Williams and Josh Carr over the past few weeks, but despite all that they managed to turn around a run of nine losses with a win over arch rivals Adelaide last round and are at $3.30 for the win this weekend.

However the team has another factor to overcome this weekend as Warren Tredrea announced his retirement, and so a lap of honour prior to the bounce will hopefully give the Power the motivation they need to claim a consecutive win.

Troy Chaplin was instrumental in Port’s win last round finishing on 26 possessions and 11 marks and up against playmaker Lance Franklin this weekend will need to step it up a notch as his performance is vital.

While Dom Cassisi did well to lead his side to an instrumental win last weekend, the calibre Hawthorn present this Saturday is far superior than the Crows did last game and will be a huge uphill struggle for the side.

Our tip of the match for this one is to go with a Hawthorn win by 25-36 points at $5.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

AFLRules Tip Of The Match

This is a pivotal fixture for both sides but with the fierce determination the almost fully-fit Hawthorn side present at the moment it is hard to deny them the tip. So our tip of the match for this one is to go with a Hawthorn win by 25-36 points at $5.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au to really get your heart pumping!