Mon, Aug 6, 9:37am by Staff Writer
Round 20 of the AFL season produced an incredible five games that were decided by under a goal.
Richmond managed to maintain their buffer at the top of the ladder with a narrow three-point win against Geelong on Friday night.
The Tigers have shortened to $2.35 to win the Premiership at Sportsbet, after staving off a furious Geelong comeback.
Cats star Gary Ablett had a running shot on goal, that by his standards was one he should have kicked, with under two minutes remaining that would have put the Cats in front.
Geelong are $15 to win the flag and $1.15 to make finals, despite currently being a game outside the top eight.
The West Coast Eagles produced a dominant four-quarter display in the Western Derby, beating Fremantle by 58 points.
The Eagles are $6.50 to win the flag and are more than one game clear of the third-placed Giants in the pursuit of a home final.
The Giants have had a remarkable past two months and that continued on Sunday when they thumped Carlton by 105 points at Etihad Stadium.
Carlton’s defence provided little resistance at times as the Giants piled on their biggest tally of the season, 151 points, against the league’s bottom placed team.
They have moved from $23 outsiders five weeks ago to win the flag, to $8 and third in betting and in third position on the ladder.
Losses to Port Adelaide and Collingwood has seen Melbourne catapult into the top four after a 96 point win against Gold Coast on Sunday.
The Demons face a crucial game against Sydney at the MCG next Sunday if they wish to remain in the top four and are $12 to win the flag.
With three games to go, they are priced at $2.20 to finish the season inside the top four.
Hawthorn produced a four-point win against arch-rivals Essendon on Sunday to move to fifth on the ladder.
The Hawks are $19 to win the flag after back-to-back wins. The Bombers were unable to produce their best football early in the final quarter and it cost them.
They are two games outside the top eight with three rounds remaining and are unlikely to play finals.
Adelaide kept their season alive with a nail-biting three-point win the Showdown against Port.
The game was not without controversy as Crows forward Josh Jenkins’ late shot at goal looked to have glanced the post but was given the all clear by the video review, to the disgust of Power coach Ken Hinkley and their fans.
It is a costly loss for Port who drop to seventh on the table, with teams in third to eighth all separated by only percentage.
Adelaide are a slim chance of playing finals and will need to win all of their remaining matches. They are $101 to win the flag. Port are $17 to win the flag.
North Melbourne remains in touch with the top eight after a three-point win against Brisbane at the Gabba.
In a high-scoring contest, the Roos led by multiple goals in the last quarter before the Lions almost snatched the win, with number one draft pick Cam Rayner’s late shot at goal missing.
The Roos are $51 to win the flag and $2.10 to play finals.
Sydney moved back inside the top eight after a lean past month with a two point win against Collingwood.
The third quarter of that game swung the match in Sydney’s favour, with the Pies leading late before conceding a goal with less than two minutes to go.
The Pies drop down to sixth on the table, with their heavy injury toll looking to have an effect on the team.
They are $12 to win the flag, while the Swans are $21.
The Western Bulldogs snared a rare win after defeating the Saints by 35 points on Saturday night.
The Dogs used an eight goal to nil third quarter to set up a match-winning lead against a very poor St Kilda side.
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