North Melbourne v West Coast betting tips, prediction & odds; AFL round 18 preview
Welcome to our North Melbourne v West Coast betting tips, prediction and odds update ahead of their AFL round 18 clash at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night.
The Roos have been severely disappointing in 2020 and find themselves needing a win to guarantee they won’t claim the wooden spoon in Rhyce Shaw’s first full season in charge.
The Eagles are staggering into the finals as key injuries hit them hard, including to influential defender Jeremy McGovern and star midfielders Elliot Yeo and Luke Shuey.
A win could see the Eagles finish as high as high as third but remaining in fifth position looks likely, given third-placed Richmond play Adelaide and fourth-placed Geelong clash with Sydney.
West Coast are coming off a 15-point win over St Kilda last Thursday and face a tricky fixture here given the Roos have had the blowtorch applied to them for their poor season and a perceived lack of improvement.
The Roos last played on Saturday when they were whipped to the tune of 64 points by Fremantle in arguably their worst performance for the season.
AFL betting sites have priced the Eagles as short as $1.08, depending on where you bet, and North Melbourne are as long as $7.10. The $1.90 line has been set at 34.5.
North Melbourne have recalled Sam Durdin and Tom Murphy at the expense of Aiden Bonar, who is injured again, and inconsistent tall Mason Wood.
West Coast will blood young defender Luke Foley who is their sixth debutant this season. He is joined in the line-up by Bailey Williams, Brendon Ah Chee and important midfielder Dom Sheed. McGovern is a forced omission, while Hamish Brayshaw, Jarrod Brander and Xavier O’Neill have been dropped.
Read on for our free North Melbourne v West Coast tips ahead of their clash at Metricon Stadium on Thursday.
Roos v Eagles odds
|Start:||7.10pm AEST, September 17|
|Venue:||Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast|
|Head-to-head odds:||North Melbourne ($7.10) v West Coast ($1.08)|
|Line betting:||North Melbourne +34.5 ($1.90) v West Coast -34.5 ($1.90)|
|Premiership odds:||North Melbourne -; West Coast $7.50|
North Melbourne v West Coast tips
Our AFL betting expert has scoured the odds and found several value Kangaroos v Eagles tips for Thursday’s game.
North Melbourne +34.5 points
The Roos have been smashed in the media in the last week and they simply must respond, or questions could be asked about Shaw as soon as next year. The Roos have their own injury woes and have 16 players unavailable for this clash, but the Eagles’ missing talent is is probably cumulatively greater. While we think the magnificent Eagles structure and experience will see them home here, we can se the Roos getting within 34.5 points. PlayUp have a boosted lines offer where you can get $2.
Josh Kennedy to kick 3+ goals
Eagles spearhead Josh Kennedy will want to make an impact in the final home and away game of this shortened season. After many tipped him to struggle this season, the veteran forward burst into life during the Eagles’ run of games at their Perth hub. He now sits second in the Coleman Medal, behind Tom Hawkins, but only kicked one major against the Saints. We think he can kick 3+ here at the generous price of $2.20.
Andrew Gaff to get 30 possessions
Eagles stalwart Andrew Gaff is paying $2.80 to gather 30 possessions, which he achieved easily last week against the Saints. While we normally won’t bite with possessions betting in West Coast games because they spread the load so evenly between their midfielders, we’re willing to have a bet on Gaff here because they are missing so many players, which means he’s likely to spend plenty of time around the ball. He did play 100% of the game time against St Kilda.
North Melbourne v West Coast prediction 17/9/2020
West Coast will be keen for a strong showing here before their first final. With so many injuries, Eagles coach Adam Simpson will want to play his best team possible, and hope like hell they will be boosted by some reinforcements for their first final. We don’t think North Melbourne can trouble the Eagles in this fixture, they just don’t have enough grunt in the midfield, but they desperately need to show something for their fans. The battle between Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui and Todd Goldstein could makes this game worth watching on its own. Our final North Melbourne v West Coast prediction? Eagles by 31 points.
Roos vs Eagles 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 7:10pm local time on September 17, 2020.
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