The AFL media has been dominated by the season-ending injury suffered by Gold Coast Suns superstar Gary Ablett, but there are plenty of exciting clashes taking place in the AFL this weekend.
While Fremantle, North Melbourne and Sydney are all available at unbackable odds to win this weekend, there are a number of games that could go either way and there are plenty of betting options available.
Our team of sports betting experts was three from three last weekend and have analysed every game taking place in round 17 of the AFL this weekend to come up with the best betting plays for the weekend!
Friday – Adelaide Crows vs Hawthorn Hawks
Hawthorn suffered a surprise loss to North Melbourne last weekend and may finally be starting to feel the effects of the injury crisis that has plagued the club since the start of the season, while Adelaide have hit form in the past month and are pushing for a finals berth.
Adelaide have generally struggled when taking on the top teams in the competition this season and they will likely need to step up another gear, but have the advantage of playing in front of their home fans at the Adelaide Oval.
It is rare that Hawthorn produce disappointing performances two weeks in a row and they are good value to bounce back and return to form with a comfortable win.
The Tip: Hawthorn by 21
The Bet: Hawthorn to beat the spread (-4.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
Saturday – Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns
The Gold Coast Suns suffered a massive setback when they loss Gary Ablett to injury during their clash with Collingwood last weekend, but they were still able to tough out an impressive win.
While losing a player the quality of Ablett would be a big loss for any side, bookmakers seem to have overreacted to the injury and the Suns are available at very juicy odds for their clash with the Western Bulldogs this weekend.
The Suns have developed enough this season to be capable of beating a side like the Western Bulldogs without their star player and it would surprise if the Dogs were able to record their sixth win of the year.
The Tip: Gold Coast by 19
The Bet: Gold Coast to beat the spread (-9.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
Sunday– Essendon Bombers vs Collingwood Magpies
Essendon kept their finals hopes alive with a tough victory over Port Adelaide last weekend and will be taking plenty of confidence into their clash with Collingwood.
Collingwood missed a golden opportunity to get themselves back in the hunt for a top four finish when they went down to the Gold Coast last Saturday and will be desperate to return to winning form against their Melbourne rivals.
Games between these sides are generally very close and this should be another hard-fought, low-scoring contest.
The Tip: Collingwood by 5
The Bet: Essendon to beat the spread (+12.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
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