Wed, Mar 28, 10:45am by Staff Writer
Round one of the 2018 AFL season featured big wins from GWS, Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, with underdogs Essendon and Geelong managing to snare victories from their more fancied opponents.
Round two features a Grand Final rematch, as well as a chance of the losing teams in round one to redeem themselves and avoid an 0-2 start.
Adelaide versus Richmond
Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 7.50pm AEDST at Adelaide Oval
A Grand Final rematch in round two is going to ensure Adelaide Oval is at capacity when Richmond visit to take on Adelaide.
The Crows produced their worst performance of 2017 in the Grand Final as they fell by 48 points, with the Tigers breaking their 37-year Premiership drought.
The Crows are $1.60 favourites at Sportsbet for this match, with the Tigers $2.35 outsiders.
Richmond started slowly last week against the Blues, conceding the first five goals before running out comfortable 26-point winners.
Despite leading by 20 points in the final quarter, Adelaide let their match against the Bombers slip, falling by 12 points as they simply ran out of the legs in the final stanza.
The Crows are set to welcome back captain Taylor Walker and Tom Lynch into their forward line after they were injury omissions last weekend.
New recruit Bryce Gibbs was close to Adelaide’s best last weekend as he slotted into the team seamlessly and should provide great service for the club all season.
Emotions will be high at Adelaide Oval on Friday night, but we are happy to take the Crows to win in the Big Win Little Win market 1-39 at $2.30.
Best bet- Adelaide Big Win Little Win 1-39 at $2.30
Carlton versus Gold Coast
Saturday, 31 March 2018 at 1.45pm AEDST at Etihad Stadium
Carlton produced a spirited round one effort against the reigning Premiers but fell just short, with the result sure to have inspired fans and players alike.
The Suns recorded a gritty 16-point win in treacherous conditions in Cairns in a physical match that tested the resolve of both Gold Coast and North Melbourne.
Carlton open this match as 13.5-point favourites. These two teams met twice last season, with the Suns winning in Melbourne by 26 points and the Blues winning at Metricon Stadium by 10 points.
Carlton are $1.47 favourites with the Suns $2.70 outsiders. Gold Coast were as much as $2.95 when markets opened, with the Blues still a little too short for our liking.
Tom Lynch was instrumental in the Suns round 4 victory over the Blues in 2017, booting seven goals.
The conditions at Etihad Stadium will be far better for the tall, marking forward compared to the waterslide conditions of Cazaly’s Stadium last weekend.
The best betting value in this match is in the Big Win Little Win market and backing Carlton to win a close one by 1-39 points which is paying $2.25 at Sportsbet.
If you fancy an even closer contest then backing the Tri Bet either team under 15.5 points at $2.88 is the way to go.
Carlton should narrowly get the win at home and register their first win of 2018.
Best bet- Carlton Big Win Little Win 1-39 at $2.25
Fremantle versus Essendon
Saturday, 31 March 2018 at 8.10pm AEDST at Optus Stadium
Fremantle’s first AFL home game at Optus Stadium takes place against Essendon on Saturday night, with the Dockers looking to bounce back from a 50-point thumping by Port Adelaide.
Fremantle are $2.39 outsiders for this contest, with the Bombers $1.58 favourites.
The line for this match has been set at 10.5 points.
The Dockers will be disappointed in their round one performance, a match in which they were never in the contest as they trailed at every break.
Essendon on the other hand will be buoyed by their resilience to come back from 20 points down in the final quarter to defeat last year’s grand finalists.
The Dockers have won four of their past five matches against the Bombers in Perth, with Essendon’s last win a memorable and rousing four point victory in 2013 at the height of the supplements saga controversy.
Fremantle will want to start better than they did last weekend in front of their home fans, so the Wire-to-Wire market has some appeal.
Any Other Result is paying $2, and while we expect the Bombers to win the match, Fremantle should keep it close most of the way.
Best bet- Wire to Wire Any Other Result $2
Elsewhere in round 2, North Melbourne host St Kilda, with the Saints firm $1.36 favourites to get the win.
GWS ($1.39) and Melbourne ($1.37) are both solid road favourites against Collingwood and Brisbane and should record comfortable wins.
AFL Round 2 Odds – Sportsbet
Adelaide $1.60 Richmond $2.35
North Melbourne $3.16 St Kilda $1.36
Carlton $1.47 Gold Coast $2.70
Collingwood $3 Greater Western Sydney $1.39
Brisbane $3.10 Melbourne $1.37
Fremantle $2.39 Essendon $1.58
Bulldogs $1.60 West Coast $2.35
Sydney $1.42 Port Adelaide $2.90
Hawthorn $1.60 Geelong $2.35
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