2014 AFL Round 18 Betting Preview

All eyes in the AFL world will be on the blockbuster clash between the Sydney Swans and Hawthorn Hawks this weekend – a game that many experts believe will be an appetizer for the 2014 AFL Grand Final.

While the clash between the Swans and Hawks has dominated the AFL landscape in the lead-up to this weekend, there are other interesting games taking place in the second week of this split rounds.

Our team of sports betting experts have closely analysed all four games take place across the weekend and have come up with the best betting opportunities.

Friday – West Coast Eagles vs Richmond Tigers

Richmond have finally started to find some form and they will fancy their chances of causing an upset when they take on the West Coast Eagles at Patersons Stadium tonight.

West Coast remain an outside chance of making the finals and have not played bad football in the past month, but they will still need to produce an improved effort on what they showed against the Brisbane Lions last weekend.

It is hard to have any trust in Richmond after the season that they have had to date, but if they can reproduce the form that saw them defeat Port Adelaide they will prove very difficult to beat.

The Tip: Richmond by 23

The Bet: Richmond to win ($2.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au)

Saturday – Hawthorn Hawks vs Sydney Swans

This is easily the best game of the round and arguably the biggest game of the season to date; with both sides fancied to meet in the 2014 AFL Grand Final.

The Swans are now clear favourites to take out the flag and have not lost a game since they were upset by North Melbourne in round four, while Hawthorn are still a chance for the minor premiership if they can win this weekend.

The Hawks won the previous clash between these two sides earlier this year, but the Swans are clearly a much improved side at this stage of the season and will be ready to unleash Lance Franklin on their former club.

There is very little between these two teams and because of this the Hawks represent good value at their current quote in the betting market for this key clash.

The Tip: Hawthorn by 5

The Bet: Hawthorn to win ($2 at Ladbrokes.com.au)

Sunday– Collingwood Magpies vs Adelaide Crows

Collingwood and Adelaide both remain in the hunt for the finals and this game will be key in deciding whether either team will finish the regular season in the top eight.

Collingwood have failed to fire in the past month and are clearly missing key midfielder Dane Swan, while the Crows have found their best form and were far from disgraced against Hawthorn in their last start.

This is a much-win game for both teams and it should be a very close and extremely hard-fought contest throughout.

The Tip: Adelaide by 3

The Bet: Adelaide to beat the spread ( +2.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)

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