Fri, Jul 20, 12:19pm by Staff Writer
Round 18 of the 2018 AFL season continues on Sunday with three matches, headlined by the GWS Giants’ visit to Adelaide to take on Port.
Carlton versus Hawthorn
Sunday, 22 July 2018 at 1.10pm AEST at Etihad Stadium
Carlton will be looking for just their second win of the season on Sunday afternoon when they host the out-of-form Hawks at Etihad Stadium.
The Blues are $5.90 to win the match, with the Hawks $1.14 favourites at Sportsbet.
Carlton have shown patches of good form throughout the season, but their past fortnight has been dire.
They have lost by 65 and 64 points in their last two matches, conceding well over 100 points in each of those matches.
Hawthorn were stunned by a classy Brisbane side in Launceston last weekend in what could prove to be a crucial loss in the final makeup of the ladder.
The Hawks sit in 10th spot, percentage behind Geelong and North Melbourne.
Given Carlton’s recent futility, this is a difficult match to predict, as they only lost by 20 and 21 points to Collingwood and Port Adelaide in recent times.
The Blues are 36.5-point underdogs in this match and if forced to make a selection, taking a more desperate Hawks side at the line is the way to go in this one.
Best bet- Hawthorn to cover 36.5-point handicap at $1.92
West Coast Eagles versus Western Bulldogs
Sunday, 22 July 2018 at 3.20pm AEST at Optus Stadium
The West Coast Eagles host the Western Bulldogs as short-priced favourites on Sunday afternoon.
The home side are $1.11 to win the match at Sportsbet, with the Dogs priced at $6.70.
West Coast welcomed back forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling last weekend in a rare win at the MCG against the Magpies.
The Eagles looked back to their early season best, moving the ball quickly into their forward line with two tall marking targets present.
The Dogs were in their match against Melbourne until half-time, after which point they floundered as they have done many times this season.
The Demons ran out convincing 50-point winners.
The Eagles claimed a 51 point win at Etihad Stadium when these two sides met in round two as underdogs.
West Coast has won the past three matches between these two teams, with the Dogs last victory coming in 2016 at Subiaco in a memorable finals win.
With the Dogs season over and the Eagles jostling for a top four berth, backing them at the 41.5-point line or the second half line when it becomes available are the plays.
Best bet- West Coat to cover 41.5-point handicap at $1.92
Port Adelaide versus GWS Giants
Sunday, 22 July 2018 at 4.40pm AEST at Adelaide Oval
The Power suffered a shock loss last weekend to Fremantle in Perth and need to bounce back against the Giants this weekend if they hope to finish in the top four.
Port are $1.76 favourites to win the match at Sportsbet, with the Giants $2.10 outsiders.
GWS have managed to salvage their season in recent weeks, punctuated by a narrow two-point win against Premiership favourites Richmond last weekend.
The Giants are now inside the top eight, and with two points from an early season draw with St Kilda, have a two-point buffer on the chasing pack.
Port Adelaide had produced a number of consistent weeks of football, but were cruelled by injury and the weather in Perth last weekend.
Paddy Ryder and Robbie Gray were both injured during the match, as Fremantle took the ascendency in the second half to win by nine points.
The Giants defeated the Crows earlier this season at Adelaide Oval when their season was on the line, so have no qualms about winning at this ground.
GWS has won its past three matches against Port, including a 41-point win in Canberra in round four.
We like the way the Giants have been applying themselves in the past six weeks and they deserve their position in the top eight.
Port will suffer with the loss of Ryder and potentially Gray. Despite playing at home, we are backing the Giants for an upset win.
Best bet- GWS Giants Big Win Little Win 1-39 at $2.63
AFL Round 18 Sunday Odds – Sportsbet
Carlton $5.90 v Hawthorn $1.14
West Coast $1.11 v Western Bulldogs $6.70
Port Adelaide $1.76 v GWS $2.10
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