After favourites swept the opening round of the 2014 AFL Finals, it was the time for underdogs to shine in the second week of the finals, with North Melbourne upsetting Geelong and Port Adelaide too strong for Fremantle.
Most experts still believe that the 2014 AFL Grand Final will be played between Hawthorn and Sydney, but both the Power and Kangaroos are in fantastic form and will be heading into their respective games with plenty of confidence.
Our team of sports betting experts have analysed both 2014 AFL Preliminary Finals to come up with the best betting plays this weekend!
Friday – Sydney Swans vs North Melbourne Kangaroos
North Melbourne defeated Sydney in their only previous clash this season, but the Swans bounced back from that defeat to win 12 games on the trot and stamp themselves as clear premiership favourites.
Sydney are deserving favourites for this clash and they should be able to qualify for their second Grand Final in as many years, but this game could be a lot closer than what most bookmakers are predicting and I suspect that the Kangaroos can give the Swans a scare.
This should be a fairly low-scoring, tough and hard-fought contest and there is value available in both line and the total points scoring betting markets.
The Tip: Sydney by 15
Saturday – Hawthorn Hawks vs Port Adelaide Power
Port Adelaide have been the form team of the 2014 AFL Finals to date and they have produced two sensational performances against Richmond and Fremantle, but face a much tougher task against Hawthorn on Saturday.
Hawthorn have been slow out of the gates in recent weeks and will be punished by Port Adelaide if the start slowly again, but should be fresh and buoyed for the contest after having a week off following their win over Geelong in the opening week of the finals.
This game should be very close in the early stages, but Hawthorn’s big game players should be able to step-up and keep alive their sides chances of winning back-to-back AFL Premierships.
The Tip: Hawthorn by 28
The Bet: Hawthorn to beat the line (-19.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
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