Wed, Jun 20, 3:46pm by Staff Writer
Round 14 of the 2018 AFL season begins in Perth when the high-flying Eagles host the Bombers.
West Coast Eagles versus Essendon
Thursday, 21 June 2018 at 8.10pm AEST at Optus Stadium
The Eagles had their wings clipped on Friday night against the Swans, but will be hoping for an immediate bounce back when they host Essendon on Thursday night.
West Coast are $1.18 favourites to win the match at Sportsbet, with the Bombers $4.95 outsiders.
The history between the two sides has been well documented, with a rivalry born in the 1990s with Kevin Sheedy’s famous jacket wave.
The Bombers have struggled against the Eagles in Perth, winning only once in the past 10 years against the Eagles in 2013.
The last time these two sides met was in round nine last season, with the Bombers thumping the Eagles by 61 points.
The Eagles scoring prowess will cause the Bombers problem, with West Coast ranked third in the AFL for scoring, whereas the Bombers are ranked 13th.
Essendon’s road record in general has been quite poor across the past decade, but they have won consecutive road games in Sydney and Brisbane this season.
Essendon has lost its past seven matches in Perth by an average of 49 points and against a strong side like West Coast, it is hard to make an argument for the lowly Bombers in this one.
Best bet- West Coast Eagles to cover 31.5-point handicap at $1.92
Port Adelaide versus Melbourne
Friday, 22 June 2018 at 7.50pm AEST at Adelaide Oval
The match of the round between Port Adelaide and Melbourne takes place on Friday night, with both sides looking to climb the ladder further, after cementing themselves in the top eight.
Port Adelaide will head into this home match as $1.56 favourites, while Melbourne are $2.44 outsiders.
The Demons lost their last match against the Pies comprehensively, and will be looking to hold onto their top four position, which they hold by percentage only.
Melbourne got the better of Port in their last visit to Adelaide Oval to take on the Power, winning by 40 points in 2016.
Melbourne has never won an interstate Friday night match, amassing an 0/8 mark. The Demons are the highest scoring team in the competition, kicking 100 points or more on eight occasions this season.
Very little separates these two sides across the park, with the value certainly with Melbourne, who have already notched wins in Alice Springs and Brisbane this season.
The Demons to win this game by a small margin is the best option in this match.
Best bet- Melbourne Big Win Little Win 1-39 at $3.10
Hawthorn versus Gold Coast
Saturday, 23 June 2018 at 1.45pm AEST at University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston
Hawthorn bounced back after a poor months play with a dominant win against the Crows at the MCG last Saturday night.
The Suns will be bitterly disappointed with letting a six goal lead slip at home to the Saints, falling by two points on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks are overwhelmingly short favourites for this match at $1.05 at Sportsbet, with the Suns $10.50 outsiders.
Hawthorn’s record in Launceston is imposing, with the hosts only losing four times at the venue, amassing a 29-1-4 mark at the ground. That is an incredible 85 per cent winning percentage.
The Suns have lost all four of their past matches at the ground, by an average of 51 points.
Gold Coast has won two of its ten matches against Hawthorn, but did beat the Hawks on both occasions in 2017 by 85 points and 16 points.
The Suns confidence must be shot after their awful final quarter against the Saints. They lack the desperation and quality across the park to finish games.
While their forward line has been firing, their midfield was soundly beaten in the final quarter against the Saints.
The Hawks should notch a convincing win against the Suns once again on Saturday.
Best bet- Hawthorn to cover 47.5-point handicap at $1.92
AFL Round 14 Odds – Sportsbet
West Coast $1.18 Essendon $4.95
Port Adelaide $1.56 Melbourne $2.44
Hawthorn $1.05 Gold Coast $10.50
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