AFL round 14 odds and fixture update
Round 14 of the AFL kicks off on Thursday, August 27, with a double-header as the AFL heads into a another frenzy of constant matches to make up for lost time.
And what a sweet double-header it is, with old rivals Hawthorn and Essendon meeting at the the Adelaide Oval in the twilight before one of the matches of the season so far: premiership favourites West Coast against defending premiers Richmond on neutral turf at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.
Bookmakers have priced Richmond at $1.78 against the high-flying Eagles ($2.05), with the line set at 3.5 points. Both teams have been in great form of late, with the Eagles coming into this match with 24 hours less rest than the Tigers.
Richmond beat Essendon by 12 points in Darwin on Saturday night, while the Eagles beat GWS Giants in Perth on Sunday.
Whatever the outcome it will have huge ramifications for who will finish in the top four come finals time.
Richmond had good news at the AFL tribunal on Monday night when forward Tom Lynch, who has been throwing his weight around lately, was cleared of striking Essendon defender Michael Hurley. Lynch’s clash with Eagles defender Jeremy McGovern should be a beauty.
On Friday night, we have potentially another great match when Western Bulldogs face red-hot Geelong at Metricon Stadium.
The dangerous Dogs are clinging to eight spot on the ladder, while third-placed Geelong are just one game off top spot and but also could drop out of the top four with a loss here. Bookies think the Cats will be too good, pricing them at $1.58 to the Dogs’ $2.40.
The pick of three Saturday matches is Melbourne-St Kilda from Alice Springs, while old rivals Carlton and Collingwood meet at the Gabba on Sunday in a vitally important match for the finals chances of both teams.
It’s a long while since the Blues and Magpies met with so much on the line. The Magpies have suffered a blow with A-grade midfielder Steele Sidebottom leaving the AFL bubble to be with his partner for the birth of their first child.
Also, the Pies have been dealt a terrible draw with just four days to rest after this one before they must play Brisbane Lions, who will be fresh off a bye.
The round finishes on Sunday evening with the Gold Coast-North Melbourne clash at Metricon Stadium.
But fans won’t have to wait long for round 15, which begins on Tuesday, September 1, with Hawthorn v Adelaide followed by West Coast v Essendon.
AFL 2020 premiership betting update
There was little movement near the top of AFL 2020 premiership betting after a round 13 in which pretty much all the favourites won their respective matches.
West Coast stay firm at the top of the betting after beating GWS Giants, while Richmond are into $5 from $5.50 after brushing past Essendon in Darwin.
The outcome of the clash between the Tigers and Eagles at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night could have a huge impact on premiership betting. An Eagles win would be a huge blow to the Tigers’ chances of an all-important top-four spot, while a Tigers win would give credence to the theory that the Eagles are only a great side on home turf.
Elsewhere, Geelong continue to impress the odds-makers and after being out of favour a month ago are on the third line of betting at $6 with Unibet.
Meanwhile, the GWS Giants, who finished runners-up last season and were consider the team most likely to stop Richmond this season, continue to slide, out to $21. If they can’t beat Fremantle this weekend, their season is as good as over.
Western Bulldogs are just hanging around, with their best certainly good enough to put a scare into some of the top teams. They went from $41 to $29 after easily beating Melbourne, who are out to $26 in the latest markets.
Latest 2020 AFL premiership odds
$4.50 West Coast Eagles
$5 Richmond Tigers
$6 Geelong Cats
$6.50 Brisbane Lions
$8 Port Adelaide Power
$15 Collingwood Magpies,
$21 St Kilda Saints, GWS Giants
$26 Melbourne Demons
$29 Western Bulldogs
$51 Carlton Blues
$126 Essendon Bombers
$151 Fremantle Dockers
$201 Hawthorn Hawks
$251 Gold Coast Suns,
$501 North Melbourne, Sydney Swans,
$2501 Adelaide Crows
AFL Rd 14 Fixture and odds update
AFL round 14 runs from Thursday, August 27, to Sunday, August 30. The Adelaide Crows and Brisbane Lions have a bye during round 14. Check out our AFL betting tips before wagering on this week’s games:
Thursday, August 27
- Hawthorn $2.23 v Essendon $1.66, Adelaide Oval, 4.40pm AEST
- Richmond $1.78 v West Coast $2.05, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast, 7.10pm
Friday, August 28
- Western Bulldogs $2.40 v Geelong $1.58, Metricon Stadium, 7.50pm
Saturday, August 29
- Port Adelaide $1.17 v Sydney Swans $5.10, Adelaide Oval, 1.45pm
- Fremantle $2.35 v GWS Giants $1.60, Optus Stadium, Perth, 4.35pm AEST
- Melbourne $2 v St Kilda $1.81, TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs, 7.40pm AEST
Sunday, August 30
- Carlton $2.23 v Collingwood $1.67, Gabba, 3.35pm
- Gold Coast $1.60 v North Melbourne $2.35, Metricon Stadium, 6.10pm
BYES: Adelaide, Brisbane Lions
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