GWS Giants v Melbourne betting tips, prediction & odds; AFL rd 17 preview
Welcome to our Greater Western Sydney Giants v Melbourne Demons betting tips, prediction and odds udpate ahead of their AFL round 17 clash at the Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday night.
This is a match-up between arguably the two most frustrating teams in the AFL in 2020. Two teams who have repeatedly blown opportunities to seal a spot in the top eight with deplorable performances against moderate opposition.
GWS are consistently lauded as having a wonderful list and made the grand final last year only to be crushed by Richmond. Melbourne were on the rise only a couple of seasons back but have seemingly levelled out.
This Giants-Demons is probably the last chance for the Giants and undoubtedly the last chance for the Dees, who must win to have any hope of playing in the finals.
In the past five matches between these teams, Melbourne lead 3-2 and the matches have generally been fairly free-flowing, with the Giants winning the latest installment in 2019 by 26 points at the MCG.
GWS Giants are backing up from a game on Tuesday night in Adelaide they would rather forget. They were beaten by 12 points as the Crows chalked up just their second win for the season.
Melbourne last played on Monday night when they were embarrassed in wet conditions in Cairns by the Fremantle Dockers.
The GWS match committee have reacted savagely to the disaster in Adelaide, with eight changes for this match, including dropping out-of-form co-captain Stephen Coniglio. Defender Aidan Corr is injured and small forward Bobby Hill and rookie forward Jake Riccardi are being rested, but the Giants have also axed mid Jackson Hately, Jye Caldwell, Lachie Ash and ruckman Sam Jacobs.
GWS have brought in Brent Daniels, Connor Idun, Harry Perryman, Jack Buckley, Josh Kelly, Shane Mumford, Tom Green and Zac Williams for what is veteran tagger Matt de Boer’s 200th game.
Melbourne have made just three changes from Monday night, bringing in Charlie Spargo, Mitch Brown and Neville Jetta for the injured Michael Hibberd and dropped pair Braydon Preuss and Toby Bedford.
Read on for our free GWS v Melbourne tips ahead of their clash at the Gabba from 7.40pm on Saturday night.
Giants v Demons odds
|Start:||7.40pm AEST, September 12|
|Venue:||The Gabba, Brisbane|
|Head-to-head odds:||GWS ($1.71) v Melbourne ($2.14)|
|Line betting:||GWS -5.5 ($1.95) v Melbourne +5.5 ($1.85)|
|Premiership odds:||GWS $34; Melbourne $201|
GWS Giants v Melbourne Demons tips
Our AFL betting expert has scoured the odds for value Giants v Demons tips for Saturday night’s game.
GWS Giants -5.5 points/match total over 114.5
The Giants will be chastened by their loss to the Crows and are still in the mix for the finals if they can win this. The inclusions of Josh Kelly and Zac Williams give them an enormous boost in running power that they lacked against the Crows. The Giants just look to have a lot more firepower than the Dees.
Toby Greene top group goal scorer
Leading bookie PlayUp is offering a group of six players from which you can bet on which player will kick the most goals. The group includes Jeremy Cameron ($3.10), Sam Weideman ($3.75), Toby Greene ($5), Bayley Fritsch ($5.50), Jeremy Finlayson ($5.50) and Mitch Brown ($6). We like the look of the angry Greene to do some damage. He is due to to do something special and he is a reliable set shot, too.
GWS v Melbourne prediction 12/9/2020
This is a match with something tangible at stake, which is the type of game we preferring betting on at this time of the season rather than a dead rubber where you are not sure which team will bring the effort. We don’t think there has been a lot between these teams this season but we can’t tip a Demons side which has lost matches against also-rans Sydney Swans and Fremantle in consecutive weeks when they had a finals berth on the line. The Giants have not been much better but a quick look at the line-up tells you they have a lot more dangerous forward line. Hopefully that is enough. Our final GWS Giants-Melbourne tip? Giants by 15 points.
Giants vs Demons lowdown
Free-to-air: Channel 7; Subscription TV: Foxtel; streaming/IPTV: Kayo; mobile: AFL Live Pass.
All of the top online betting sites will offer markets on the AFL.
The game starts at 7:40pm local time on September 12, 2020.
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