West Coast v Geelong betting tips and prediction; AFL Rd 9 Preview
Rampant West Coast will go into their clash with Geelong as heavy favourites in the betting at Optus Stadium on Saturday night. Our AFL expert might think the home team is a good thing in this game, but he has still found some quality West Coast v Geelong betting tips for their round 9 clash.
West Coast produced probably the standout performance of the season last round, when they thoroughly dismantled undermanned fellow premiership contenders Collingwood by 66 points, with key forward Josh Kennedy dominating the hapless Magpies backline with seven goals.
West Coast could regain marking machine Jeremy McGovern, but will not take any risks with the key defender. This clash will also mark the first time star Eagle Tim Kelly will come up against his former team.
The Cats are coming off a 32-point victory over Fremantle in horrendous conditions on Monday night, which has us extremely worried about their ability to back up so soon. The Cats will also be without tough midfielder Joel Selwood again with a hamstring injury and Saints recruit Jack Steven, but they will have key forward Tom Hawkins who overcame a striking charge on appeal.
Australian AFL bookmakers have priced the Eagles at around the $1.32 quote to win this clash, while the Cats are as long as $3.60 with some betting sites. The line has been set at 18.5, but we won’t be nibbling after seeing the poor performance from Melbourne coming off a shorter break.
Geelong and Collingwood are the two Victorian teams currently in the WA hub, with both teams due to fly to Queensland in the coming days where they will also be subject to strict COVID-19 measures. Hawthorn and Carlton will the next two teams to visit Perth.
Below we have highlighted our West Coast v Geelong betting tips and winner prediction for their clash being played at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.
Eagles v Cats odds
|Start:||8.10pm AEST, Aug 1|
|Venue:||Optus Stadium, Perth|
|Head-to-head odds:||West Coast ($1.32) v Geelong ($3.50)|
|Line betting:||West Coast -18.5 ($1.90) v Geelong +18.5 ($1.90)|
|Premiership odds:||West Coast $5.50; Geelong $17|
West Coast Eagles v Geelong Cats tips
Our AFL betting expert has scoured the odds for some value and found several value Eagles v Cats tips for Saturday’s game.
Josh Kennedy to kick 3+ goals
We might have prematurely written off Josh Kennedy earlier in the season, but it’s fair to say the Eagles spearhead bounced back strongly against Collingwood. He moved well, his hands were sticky and he was the clear focal point of the West Coast attack. We suspect West Coast might put Geelong to the sword and Kennedy might again be the beneficiary on what is expected to be a dry night in Perth. Kennedy is paying $2.80 to kick 3+ goals which we think is good value.
Geelong to lead at quarter-time and lose game
We have gone for a bit of value in our second Eagles v Cats tip, and it will require the Cats to come out hard, which we think they might do. While we ultimately think the Eagles will win this game, it would not surprise if Chris Scott’s charges were leading at quarter-time. Geelong to lead at quarter time and lose is paying $4.50 with Unibet, which offers some value in a game that has been priced harshly by bookmakers considering it is fourth v sixth.
West Coast v Geelong prediction 1/8/2020
West Coast look to have hit their straps after a slow start to 2020, with boom recruit Tim Kelly brilliant against Collingwood, and their forward line functioning perfectly. The Eagles are also expected to be based in Perth for potentially the rest of the season, which makes the $5.50 for them to win the flag great value. Our final West Coast v Geelong prediction? Eagles by 34 points.
Eagles v Cats lowdown
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 8:10pm AEST on August 1, 2020.
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