After all eight finals teams were afforded the week off last weekend, the AFL finals action begins on Thursday night with a Perth blockbuster featuring last year’s runner-up West Coast hosting the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium. The Eagles’ incredible home record is a big reason why they will start the match as the clear favourites to end the season of the Dogs.

On Friday, a Victorian blockbuster takes centre stage where the Cats and Hawks renew hostilities in front of what is expected to be a massive MCG crowd. The 2008 grand final combatants have developed a decent rivalry over the last eight seasons and with a grand final qualifier on the line, anything can happen!

On Saturday the Sydney blockbuster between the Swans and Giants at ANZ Stadium is sure to divide Sydneysiders. GWS is enjoying its most fruitful year with a maiden finals appearance, while the Swans are seasoned pros. Then the first week of the 2016 finals series wraps up with an elimination final between the fifth-placed Crows and the eighth-placed Kangaroos at Adelaide Oval.


Thursday, September 8, 7:50pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium

West Coast is in the comfort zone of Domain Stadium in Perth and are the outright favourites to account for the inconsistent Bulldogs. The Eagles have a very good record against the Western Bulldogs at home and the Western Australian side has a pretty handy home record this season, winning 11 of their 12 matches with their only loss coming against a rampant Crows outfit.

The Bulldogs are yet to travel to Perth to face the Eagles this season but last time these two sides met, which was at Etihad Stadium in round 11 the Bulldogs scrapped their way to a narrow eight point victory. However, the Eagles in Melbourne are a completely different team to the Eagles in Perth. For some reason, West Coast drastically improve whenever they are playing at home.

  • The home team has won each of the last six matches between these sides.
  • The Eagles have won their last four home games against the Bulldogs.
  • Josh Kennedy has booted eight goals in his last two matches versus the Dogs.
  • Two of the last three matches between these teams have been decided by 1-24 points.

Key changes:

Lewis Jetta is out with a calf injury for West Coast. The Bulldogs named Easton Wood, Jake Stringer, Jordan Roughead, Jack Macrae and Tom Liberatore to play.

Popular Market:

West Coast to cover the line.

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Western Bulldogs (99) def. West Coast (52)


Friday, September 9, 7:50pm (AEST) @ MCG

Geelong may not possess the best record over Hawthorn but this year’s reinvention of an already classy outfit is a different beast to past versions. The Cats’ recruitment of Brownlow Medal favourite Patrick Dangerfield gives them a midfield edge over every other team in the AFL and the former Crow looks to be in line for his maiden premiership if the Cats can account for the defending premiers on Friday night.

Hawthorn has the wood on the Cats in recent years but in their only encounter this year, the Cats comfortably beat them by 30 points when Dangerfield produced an incredible 43 disposals. The Hawks have some of the most dynamic attacking and defensive players in the AFL with Cyril Rioli, Sam Mitchell and Luke Hodge the headline acts as the proud Hawthorn club looks for a fourth straight premiership.

  • Hawthorn has won four of their last five matches against Geelong.
  • In his last game against the Hawks, key Cat Patrick Dangerfield produced a record 43 disposals.
  • The Hawks have won the last two finals against the Cats.
  • Both teams have dropped just five games each this year.

Key changes:

Scott Selwood is in for the Cats while the Hawks have included Ben McEvoy and Ben Stratton.

Popular Market:

Cats to lead at every break.

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Geelong (85) def. Hawthorn (83)


Saturday, September 10, 3:20pm (AEST) @ ANZ Stadium

Sydney are not the minor premiers for no reason and their 113-point humiliation of Richmond two weeks ago underlined why they are the deserved $3 flag favourites with UBET. The Swans may have a decent record against their crosstown rivals, however the Giants are in the midst of a stellar season and even completed a Swans mauling back in round 12 when they won by 42 points.

GWS is set to make its first ever finals appearance and punters believe they are a genuine shot at winning their first flag in just their fifth season. The Giants are on the fourth line of betting at $7 to win the competition behind Sydney, Geelong and Hawthorn and they are at the juicy odds of $2.90 to upset the Swans in this week’s encounter.

  • Sydney has won eight of their 10 matches against GWS.
  • This will be the Giants’ first ever AFL finals appearance.
  • Buddy Franklin has kicked 16 goals in his last four games against the Giants.
  • Between these teams, they’ve lost just 11 of 44 combined matches in 2016.

Key changes:

Callum Mills has been named by the Swans. The Giants are unchanged from their last start win.

Popular Market:

Swans goal as first scoring play.

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GWS (91) def. Sydney (55)


Saturday, September, 7:40pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval

Adelaide was not expected to make the finals, let alone host one but the Crows have been immense this season, missing out on the top four by just one win. The Crows also possess a decent recent record over the Kangaroos, which includes victory earlier this year when they beat North by 33 points in round 14 at Adelaide Oval where Matt Crouch produced 32 disposals.

After winning their opening nine matches of the season, the Kangaroos have since fallen in a heap winning just three of their last 13 games. North has also dropped their last four matches to sneak into the top eight with losses coming against top eight sides the Bulldogs, Hawks, Swans and Giants. Victory is unlikely, which is why they have been placed as $5 underdogs to progress through to week two of the finals.

  • The home team has won the last six matches between these teams.
  • Adelaide has won its last four home games against North Melbourne.
  • Three of those four wins have been by 25+ points.
  • The winning team has scored 100+ points in eight of the last nine matches.

Key changes:

Brodie Smith and Rory Sloane are the big ins for Adelaide while the Kangaroos are unchanged in what could be Brent 'Boomer' Harvey's final AFL game.

Popular Market:

Back the Crows for the HT/FT lead.

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Adelaide (141) def. North Melbourne (79)