AFL Round 18 Preview & Betting – Sydney Vs Geelong

One of the bigger battles taking place in round 18 of the AFL this weekend will be the fixture between Sydney and Geelong at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday night so check out Sportbet for the best options online!

Geelong are the undoubted favourites for this one, still attempting to claw their way back to the top of the ladder, and are at $1.21 to do so with Ladbrokes.com.au – but any top eight fixture is always exciting to watch.

The Cats retaliated after an embarrassing loss to the Crows in round 16 with a convincing win over the Lions last weekend topped off by superstar Gary Ablett returning to his match-controlling form with five goals, and Joel Selwood running well alongside and dominating the midfield.

Forward Tom Hawkins looks set to return after his foot injury and Simon Hogan certainly proved his case to be recalled to the best 22 finishing on 50 disposals in the Cats’ VFL side after being dropped last round.

The Swans have been a tough team to watch of late – just as you think they have returned to winning form they lose – not having been able to string together more than two consecutive wins since round six.

While the Swans trounced rivals for the top eight Carlton in round 16 they lost a crucial game to North Melbourne last round, threatening their own place in the top eight as they sit just above the dropline.

Jude Bolton failed to shine for the Swans in what was his 250th match last weekend – although no Sydney player did, so perhaps the addition of Gary Rohan, who could contribute pace to the side, would improve their chances.

Adam Goodes has been one of the few consistent players for the home side throughout this season and booted four in the dismal match last round finishing on 26 possessions, so the Swan superstar will need to inspire the rest of his teammates this weekend to be in with a chance of four points.

Our tip of the match is to go for a Geelong winning margin of 40-59 at $4.75 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

AFLRules Tip Of The Match

While it seems this one will go just one way – it is this pivotal point in the season where nervousness, overconfidence or pressure kicks in – so it could be closer than expected. Another key aspect punters should consider is Geelong coach Mark Thompson already implying he will begin to rest key players with the September finals in mind. Despite that though we still see a Cats win, so our tip of the match is to go for a Geelong winning margin of 40-59 at $4.75 with Ladbrokes.com.au.