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Last weekend’s round of AFL saw no great surprises, with the Hawks maintaining their exclusive occupancy on top of the ladder. North Melbourne’s recent struggles were there for all to see as they fell to the Power in Adelaide last Friday night.

This weekend bounces off in a mouth-watering dual between the battling Kangaroos and resurgent Collingwood. A loss for North Melbourne will put the previous ladder-leaders’ spot within the eight on the line, while the Pies need to win if they are to remain a faint hope of making the finals. On Saturday, Sydney is unbackable favourites against the Blues in the Harbour City, the Suns and Dockers match-up on the Gold Coast, West Coast hosts Melbourne in Perth, the Dogs and Saints battle in Melbourne and the Cats and Crows go toe to toe in the match of the round at Geelong’s Simonds Stadium.

Three Sunday matches take place with Essendon battling the struggling Lions; with the Dons, in a rarity, starting the match as favourites. The penultimate match of the round sees the Hawks and Tigers clash followed by Port hosting the AFL’s newest team and newest top four entrant; GWS at Adelaide Oval.


Friday, July 22, 7:50pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium

Last weekend the Pies went down to the powerful Crows at the MCG and despite losing still played like a team in form. Collingwood is next to no chance of playing finals footy for the third consecutive year but they are now in a position to ruffle the feathers of the top eight teams. The Magpies currently sit in 12th position; three wins shy of the eighth placed Kangaroos.

North Melbourne enjoyed an immaculate start to the year but since winning its first nine matches, things have taken a turn for the worst, losing their last five matches against quality opposition. Last weekend was probably one of North’s worst performances this season and coach Brad Scott will be keen to get back to his winning ways with a host of clubs outside the eight challenging the Kangaroos for a finals spot.

  • The Pies have won six of their last nine matches against the Kangaroos including the last two.
  • Three of the last four matches between these teams have been decided by 1-24 points.
  • The Pies have scored 100+ points in six of their last eight games against North.
  • The Kangaroos have reached triple figures in three of their last four wins over Collingwood.

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Collingwood v North Melbourne | AFL | UBET


North Melbourne (124) def. Collingwood (84)


Saturday, July 23, 1:40pm (AEST) @ SCG

The Swans suffered a heartbreaking five-point loss to the defending premiers Hawthorn on Thursday night last week and will be extra keen to atone from that performance. While the Swans played well enough, it was some sheer magic from the birthday boy Cyril Rioli who stole the show booting what turned out to be the winning goal in the last couple of minutes.

The Blues are no chance of making the finals, sitting four wins shy of the eighth placed Kangaroos. The fact finals are off the table for Carlton is a minor blow to the rebuilding club, but they have shown promising form throughout much of the season and have already bettered their 2015 season. The Blues don’t have a great record against the Swans but they will be sure to put in plenty of effort for coach Brendon Bolton.

  • The Swans have won eight of their last 10 matches against the Blues, including the last six.
  • Sydney have won their last four home games against Carlton.
  • The Blues have scored 100+ points in just one of their last 10 matches against Sydney.
  • Sydney has scored triple figures in their last three wins over Carlton.

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Sydney v Carlton | AFL | UBET


Sydney (74) def. Carlton (68)


Saturday, July 23, 2:10pm (AEST) @ Metricon Stadium

The Suns came crashing back to earth after posting back to back wins in the fortnight beforehand. The Bulldogs were outstanding in the 48-point win over the Gold Coast after the Suns had registered classy wins over St Kilda and Brisbane. With Gary Ablett out for the season because of a recurring shoulder injury and Michael Rischitelli also sidelined for the remaining games of 2016, the Suns will be forced to call on their impressive crop of emerging youngsters to fill those massive voids.

The Dockers have been one of the more unpredictable sides in the AFL over the last couple of months. Freo was outstanding in the first three quarters against Geelong last weekend but couldn’t quite ice that performance with the win. After losing the first 10 games, coach Ross Lyon momentarily got his troops back on track but it seems their pattern of losing is deeply entrenched in their culture this season.

  • Freo has won five of their six matches against the Suns, but lost their round two encounter earlier this year.
  • Three of Fremantle’s five wins over the Suns have been by 39+ points.
  • The Dockers are yet to lose to the Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.
  • The only time the Suns have scored 100+ points against the Dockers was in their last start victory.

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Gold Coast v Fremantle | AFL | UBET


Gold Coast (105) def. Fremantle (81)


Saturday, July 23, 4:35pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium

The Eagles are gradually improving each week and have been rewarded with a positional switch on the AFL ladder to sit in sixth spot; just one win shy of the second-placed Crows. The Eagles finally landed a win in Victoria last weekend and have dropped just one home game all season; combine that with their excellent record over the Demons, and all signs point to a handsome West Coast win.

Melbourne has enjoyed a relatively fruitful season, rapidly improving on their last few years in the AFL. On the weekend, Melbourne lost a 14th straight game to St Kilda and while they are no chance of making the finals, they will still be keen to atone from that loss. Star forward Jesse Hogan will be keen to add to his increasing tally of goals this season.

  • The Eagles have won their last eight matches against the Demons.
  • Six of those wins have been by 39+ points.
  • West Coast has reached triple figures in their last six games against Melbourne.
  • The Eagles have not been beaten by the Dees at Domain Stadium since 2002.

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West Coast v Melbourne | AFL | UBET


Wests Coast (66) def. Melbourne (60)


Saturday, July 23, 7:25pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium

The Doggies were mighty impressive on the weekend and have reclaimed their place inside the coveted top four. The win over the Suns in Cairns was all class and capped a bright last month for the Bulldogs, who have posted wins over competition heavyweights the Swans to go with wins over the Tigers and of course Gold Coast just last weekend.

St Kilda posted an incredible 14th consecutive win over crosstown rivals the Demons on the weekend and will need to channel that type of form if they are any chance of causing an upset victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday night. Saints forward Tim Membrey has struck a purple patch of form, booting four goals in last week’s 36-point win.

  • The Dogs have won four of their last five matches against the Saints.
  • Four of the last five matches between these teams have been decided by 1-24 points.
  • The Bulldogs have scored 100+ points in just two of their last 10 matches against the Saints.
  • St Kilda has not reached triple figures against the Western Bulldogs in their last four clashes.

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Western Bulldogs v St Kilda | AFL | UBET


St Kilda (75) def. Western Bulldogs (60)


Saturday, July 23, 7:40pm (AEST) @ Simonds Stadium

The Cats are back to their winning ways but have fallen behind the eight ball in terms of finishing in the AFL’s top four. While Geelong coach Chris Scott would be happy with the win against Fremantle last week, he wouldn’t have been overly impressed with the form of his side. Last time the Cats played the Crows was Paddy Dangerfield’s return to Adelaide and Geelong fired up for the encounter, winning by 26 points.

The Crows have been enormous over the last few weeks and outside of Hawthorn are the form team in the competition. UBET has installed Adelaide as the second flag favourites behind the Hawks heading into round 18. The Crows sit in second position on the same amount of points as the Bulldogs courtesy of a 28-point win over Collingwood on the weekend.

  • Geelong has won its last three matches versus Adelaide.
  • Six of the last eight matches between these teams have been won by 25+ points.
  • The Cats have won their last eight home games against the Crows.
  • Adelaide has not beaten Geelong at Simonds Stadium since 2003.

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Geelong v Adelaide | AFL | UBET


Geelong (85) def. Adelaide (55)


Sunday, July 24, 1:10pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium

The Bombers’ season from hell is almost over and coach John Worsfold would have probably been eyeing this encounter with Brisbane as a match the embattled Dons can win. UBET installed Essendon as the early favourites, despite the atrocious 14-match losing streak they are currently going through.

In a last v second last clash, this match could very well see the losers lock in the dreaded wooden spoon at the end of the year. Brisbane fought valiantly in the first and last quarters last weekend against the Giants but were thoroughly outclassed, outplayed and out enthused. Brisbane and Essendon have both tasted victory just once in 2016 and each is in the midst of a big losing streak.

  • The Bombers have won four of their last five matches against the Lions.
  • Seven of the last 10 matches between these teams has been decided by 25+ points.
  • Essendon has scored 100+ points in five of its last 10 matches against Brisbane.
  • The Lions have not reached triple figures against the Dons in their last seven matches.

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Essendon v Brisbane | AFL | UBET


Brisbane (128) def. Essendon (91)


Sunday, July 24, 3:20pm (AEST) @ MCG

This MCG blockbuster should attract droves of loyal fans from both sides of the fence. The Hawks are in sublime touch and are coming off an intense win over the Swans last Thursday night. They’ll need the 10 days to recover from what was one of the matches of the season as well. It turned out star midfielder and birthday boy Cyril Rioli wrote the script when he kicked the winning goal in the dying minutes for Hawthorn.

The Tigers on the other hand are no chance of playing September footy despite holding off a reinvigorated Essendon on the weekend. Dustin Martin has captured the attention of punters, who view him as a likely threat to Paddy Dangerfield of grabbing the Brownlow Medal for the AFL’s best and fairest player. Martin finished the match with 43 possessions, 14 clearances and two goals in one of the finest individual performances of the year.

  • Richmond has won three of its last five matches against Hawthorn.
  • Five of the last six matches between these teams have been decided by 39+ points.
  • The Hawks have reached triple figures in their last three wins over the Tigers.
  • Richmond has not scored 100+ points in their last three matches against the defending premiers.

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Hawthorn v Richmond | AFL | UBET


Hawthorn (114) def. Richmond (44)


Sunday, July 24, 4:40pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval

Port Adelaide desperately needs to back-up the form they showed last week against the Kangaroos because they are now just two wins outside eighth position. If the Power keeps winning, they will also need a bunch of other results to fall their way if they are any chance of making the finals. Robbie Gray’s form for the proud South Australian club has been very impressive over the last few weeks, and on the weekend he amassed 35 possessions and kicked two goals.

The Giants are back to the form that has seen them trample competition heavyweights such as crosstown rivals Sydney, defending premiers Hawthorn and the in-form Bulldogs. While their win over the weekend was a welcome sign for GWS fans, it came against meek opposition; the Lions, who haven’t won a match since round four. This clash against Port is sure to be one of their sternest tests of the season.

  • The Power has won four of their last five matches against the Giants.
  • Port has never lost in Adelaide against GWS.
  • Five of the six matches played between these teams have been decided by 25+ points.
  • The winning team has scored 100+ points in all six matches between these teams.

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Port Adelaide v GWS | AFL | UBET


GWS (79) def. Port Adelaide (60)