Wed, Jun 13, 12:41pm by Staff Writer
Round 13 of the 2018 AFL season begins with Thursday night football where Port Adelaide host the Western Bulldogs.
The match of the round takes place in Sydney on Friday night, with the Swans hosting the high-flying West Coast Eagles.
Port Adelaide versus Western Bulldogs
Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 7.50pm AEST at the Adelaide Oval
Port Adelaide produced a rousing 14 point win against reigning Premiers Richmond last Friday night and will head into their round 12 clash against the Dogs as $1.10 favourites.
The travelling Bulldogs are $7.50 outsiders at Sportsbet and are more than six-goal underdogs.
In the Dogs last trip to the Adelaide Oval, they managed a meagre two goals in treacherous conditions, one of the worst scoring outputs in the history of the club.
Port Adelaide sit in eighth position on the ladder, with their season highlighted by a number of close wins and equally close and frustrating losses.
A win against the Dogs on Thursday night with cement their position in a top eight and they should have no trouble beating a side who struggle to score goals.
The Bulldogs’ second halves this season have been atrocious, with the team routinely giving up half time leads and failing to hit the scoreboard in the latter part of games.
They are 16th in the competition for points scored at 58 points per game and booting two, eight and seven goals in their past three matches.
Port hold a 2-1 advantage against the Dogs at the Adelaide Oval and will win comfortably on Thursday night.
Best bet- Port Adelaide Big Win Little Win 1-39 at $2.20
Sydney versus West Coast
Friday, 15 June 2018 at 7.50pm AEST at the SCG
Arch rivals from the mid-2000s, Sydney and West Coast will renew hostilities on Friday night, as both teams are enjoying terrific seasons in 2018.
The Swans will enter as $1.55 favourites at the SCG, while the Eagles are $2.46 outsiders.
West Coast are winners of 10 consecutive matches, and have been uncharacteristically reliable away from Optus Stadium.
They have managed wins in Melbourne with frequency this year, as they have exceeded every pundits expectations.
Conversely, the Swans began the season shakily at home, losing three of their first four matches at the SCG.
Last weekend’s 71 point win against St Kilda was engineered thanks to a nine goal to one opening quarter and was the Swans’ best performance of 2018.
Sydney has had the better of West Coast in the past five matches between the sides winning three, including earlier this season in round 1.
On that evening, Buddy Franklin destroyed the Eagles backline, booting eight goals in a game-winning performance. That was also the Eagles only loss of the season thus far.
Both sides have been attacking powerhouses this season, with the Eagles second in the competition for goals per game with 14.9 and the Swans close behind on 13.3.
At the SCG, it is hard to turn down the Swans to win, but the line of 10.5 points is slightly too big, so we are backing them in the margin.
Best bet- Sydney Big Win Little Win 1-39 at $2.20
Carlton versus Fremantle
Saturday, 16 May 2018 at 1.45pm AEST at Etihad Stadium
Fremantle will be buoyed by their three point victory against Adelaide on Sunday night and will welcome the return of Nat Fyfe to their lineup for a match against the Blues on Saturday.
The Dockers come to Melbourne as rare road underdogs at $1.57, with the Blues $2.42 outsiders.
Carlton have managed only one win this season and that was against the Bombers. They have been blown out twice, by North Melbourne and Melbourne, but have otherwise been competitive in most fixtures.
They are coming off the bye and will see this match as an opportunity for their second win of the season.
The two sides have not met in Melbourne since 2013, where the Dockers won by 36 points.
Fremantle has won four of the past five matches between these two teams dating back to 2013.
The Dockers will be glad this match is at Etihad Stadium, where they have a 13-15 win-loss record, as opposed to the MCG where their mark is 8-14.
Carlton will need all of their better players to fire in this match, including forward Charlie Curnow.
Carlton’s struggle this season has been scoring goals, with Fremantle a solid defensive team.
The Dockers should be able to sneak home, but it would not surprise if Carlton sprung an upset.
Best bet- Fremantle Big Win Little Win 1-39 at $2.10
AFL Round 13 Thursday, Friday and Saturday Odds – Sportsbet
Port Adelaide $1.10 v Western Bulldogs $7.50
Sydney $1.55 v West Coast $2.46
Carlton $2.42 v Fremantle $1.57
Gold Coast $2.25 v St Kilda $1.65
Hawthorn $1.65 v Adelaide $2.25
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