There are plenty of big games in Round Seven of the 2014 AFL Season; with arch rivals Carlton and Collingwood as well as Fremantle and West Coast set to do battle across the weekend.
As was predicted by most experts at the start of the season, there is very little between the sides that currently sit between fifth and 16th on the AFL ladder and the closeness of the competition this season means that there are betting opportunities on most games.
Our team of sports betting experts have analysed all nine matches this weekend to come up with the best bets of the weekend.
Friday – Carlton Blues vs Collingwood Magpies
Both these teams are taking winning form into this Friday night blockbuster after Carlton got their season back on track with a memorable victory over the West Coast Eagles last weekend.
The Blues have clearly improved in the past two weeks, but their standard is still well short of that required to beat the Magpies, who are chasing their fourth straight win after accounting for Richmond, North Melbourne and Essendon in the past three weeks.
Collingwood should be far too strong for Carlton in what I believe will be a low scoring affair and the Magpies represent good value in a variety of different betting markets.
The Tip: Collingwood by 32
The Bet: Collingwood to beat the spread (-24.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
Saturday – Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Port Adelaide Power
Greater Western Sydney have been unable to replicate the heroics that they showed to beat Sydney in the opening round of the season, but have been far from disgraced in most of their matches this season and have shown improvement across the board.
This weekend they run into a piping hot Port Adelaide Power, who staked their claim as legitimate premiership contenders with a most impressive victory over Geelong last weekend that now has them sitting on top of the table.
Port Adelaide will not want to let their momentum slip against the Giants this weekend and coach Ken Hinkley will have them fired up to put a big score on their rivals this weekend.
The Tip: Port Adelaide by 65
The Bet: Port Adelaide to beat the spread (-44.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
Sunday – Geelong Cats vs Richmond Tigers
Richmond are officially a team in crisis after they produced a woeful performance against Hawthorn last weekend and it doesn’t get any easier against Geelong this weekend.
Geelong were unable to replicate their impressive Easter Monday effort when they took on Port Adelaide last weekend and will be desperate to return to winning form against the Tigers this weekend.
The line for this game seems very generous and Geelong look as though they will inflict another heavy defeat on the Tigers this weekend.
The Tip: Geelong by 42
The Bet: Geelong to beat the spread (-29.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
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