We are now past the halfway mark of the 2014 AFL season and the race to secure a position in the top eight is well and truly on.
Essendon dropped out of the top eight last week after their shock loss to Melbourne and the same fate could befall the Gold Coast Suns and North Melbourne Kangaroos this weekend, while the Adelaide Crows have played their way back into finals contention with their strong recent results.
There are a number of key match-ups in round 14 of the 2014 AFL season and our team of sports betting experts have analysed every single game to come up with the best betting plays.
Friday – Richmond Tigers vs Sydney Swans
The Richmond Tigers produced an improved effort against the Fremantle Dockers last weekend, but their hopes of playing finals football for the second year in a row are long gone after winning just three of their first 12 games.
The Tigers have a strong recent record against the Swans, but they simply aren’t playing good enough football to beat the in-form Sydney outfit that has stamped themselves as the clear favourites for the flag in recent weeks.
Leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au have a special market on this clash and are offering odds of $5 for Sydney to beat Richmond by more than 60 points.
The Tip: Sydney by 65
The Bet: Sydney to win by 60+ ($5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
Saturday – Essendon Bombers vs Adelaide Crows
The Adelaide Crows showed that they are back in the finals hunt with a strong win over North Melbourne and they will be confident that they can make it two wins on the trot when they take on Essendon this weekend.
The ASADA drug scandal reared its ugly head once again last weekend and Essendon were unable to respond positively on the football; suffering a disappointing loss to the Melbourne Demons.
The Crows have found their best form in recent weeks and if they maintain this form should be far too strong for an Essendon side that clearly does not have their minds on the job.
The Tip: Adelaide by 19
The Bet: Adelaide to beat the spread (-7.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
Sunday– Melbourne Demons vs North Melbourne Kangaroos
Melbourne scored their biggest win of the season to date over Essendon last weekend, but face another tough assignment against North Melbourne at the MCG this weekend.
This is a danger game for North Melbourne, who still have ambitions to finish in the top four, and they will be looking to avoid their second straight defeat after going down to Adelaide last weekend.
Melbourne have often failed to produce strong efforts in back-to-back weekends and the spread currently on offer by online bookmakers seems far too small considering the gulf in quality between these two sides.
The Tip: North Melbourne by 33
The Bet: North Melbourne to beat the spread (-21.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
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