2019 AFL: Round 18 Sunday Preview & Betting Tips

July 21st 2019, 9:36am, By: Jake Smit

2019 AFL: Round 18 Sunday Preview & Betting Tips

Round 18 of the 2019 AFL Premiership Season continues on Sunday with three important fixtures set to play out. As always, we preview each match and provide our best bet. Check them out below and good luck to everyone following!

AFL Sunday will be our focus today, but you can head to our AFL Tips Page for more great content throughout the week.

AFL Round 18 Sunday Betting Tips

Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks (1:10pm, MCG)

The Cats have it all going their way at the moment and look destined to finish on top of the ladder. They’re four points and percentage clear at the top and have a favourable run of games to come. Last weekend they bounced back from their loss to the Bulldogs with a win over the Saints, which was their 13th win from 16 games.

The Hawks are hanging onto their finals hopes by a thread and need a huge lift in performance to ensure they don’t miss out in September. They’re currently in 12th spot with seven wins and nine losses and have a chance to go just one match outside the eight with a win on Sunday. The Hawks were fairly good last time out, defeating the Dockers by a comfortable 31 points.

Geelong vs Hawthorn always seems to be a cracking fixture regardless of where the two teams are on the ladder. We’re expecting another close game on Sunday with the Cats edging out the Hawks.

Melbourne Demons vs West Coast Eagles (3:20pm, TTP)

The Demons just haven’t been able to close out games all season and last weekend was no exception. They found themselves in a real arm wrestle with the Bulldogs, but eventually fell short by eight points. It was the Demons 11th loss of the year to go with just five wins. Now second last on the ladder, it’s all about playing for pride for Simon Goodwin’s men.

The Eagles are also coming off a loss last week, which was a disappointing one to the Magpies. The reigning premiers looked good for the win for most of the night but were eventually overrun by a determined Collingwood outfit. All is not lost however, with the Eagles sitting in third spot on the ladder with a chance to jump back into second with a win on Sunday.

It’s pretty hard to have any confidence in backing the Demons on recent form, although we do believe they have the ability to keep this one close. Much like the earlier Sunday game, we expect the better side to record a narrow win.

 

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs (4:40pm, Marvel)

The last game of the round should be an interesting one. The Saints had a busy week off the field, parting ways with coach Alan Richardson. Brett Ratten will step in for his first of six games as caretaker coach, which should make for some interesting viewing the rest of the way. The Saints have managed just six wins for the season thus far and will be hoping to achieve similar success to the other clubs that have parted ways with their coach mid-season.

The Bulldogs kept their finals hopes well and truly alive with a narrow win over the Demons last weekend. It took a monster performance from star Josh Dunkley to get the job done. He had 39 touches, 15 tackles and two goals, in what was the best individual performance by any player this season. That win was the Dogs third in a row and places them in 11th spot on the ladder with a chance to jump to ninth with a win.

If there’s going to be a blowout win today, it’s likely to be in this match. The Bulldogs are playing far better footy than the Saints and will be desperate to keep ticking over the win column in a bid to make the finals. Happy to be on them to cover the spread.

TIPS

Horse Racing Tips: Thursday, September 24th

It might be a run of the mill day of racing on Thursday, but it's an exciting day for the Before You Bet racing team as we welcome The Horse to our line up of form experts! He's ready to kick things off with a few winners at Hawkesbury and Sale, so get his best bets here! read more

NRL Round 18: Broncos vs Cowboys Preview & Betting Tips

Pride is all that's on the line in the Thursday night NRL Queensland derby as the Broncos take on the Cowboys. Check out the preview and NRL betting tips for the match from Scooby here! read more

Canterbury Racing Tips: Wednesday, September 23rd

It might be a seven-race midweek card at Canterbury but it's a Saturday-quality meeting, with plenty of good horses, competitive races and deep and interesting betting markets to look forward to. Tim Geers has gone through every race and offered his tips and best bets here! read more

Flemington Racing Tips: Wednesday, September 23rd

A rare but quality midweek meeting at Flemington leading up to Group 1 racing both Friday and Saturday in Melbourne. Trent Crebbin has assessed all eight races at headquarters and highlighted his tips and best bets below! read more

ARTICLES

Best Australian Sports Betting Sites

The best Australian sports betting sites ensure safe and successful online betting for punters. Here's our list of the best betting options in Australia. read more


Performance Ratings & Pricing with Julian Vallance with Sportsbet

Julian Vallance from Sportsbet takes us through some of the key factors which he uses with pricing upcoming horse races such as performance ratings. Check out his video from Sportsbet here. read more


What is Over-Round and How do Sportsbooks Make Money?

Over-Round is an important concept for both punters and sportsbooks. It's how Australian sportsbooks make money! All punters should understand over-round, how to spot it, and how to find better value on the Betfair Exchange. read more


Betfair Commissions and Charges

Ever wondered why you can get such great odds at Betfair in comparison to other online bookmakers? We break down why that is the case and why Betfair isn't just for professional punters here read more


BLOGS

2020 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 18

That's it! The 2020 AFL regular season has come to an end and Brisbane's Lachie Neale has surely done enough to secure the 2020 Brownlow Medal with another brilliant game in Round 18. Let's take a closer look at our Round 18 Brownlow Medal vote predictions! read more


2020 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 17

There's just one more round to go in the 2020 AFL season. Round 17 has completed and the Brownlow votes are locked away. It was a quiet round for those at the top of our Brownlow leaderboard, but there were a couple of stand out performances this weekend. Let's take a closer look at each match with our Round 17 Brownlow vote predictions. read more


2020 Brownlow Medal Predictions & Leaderboard

2020 AFL Brownlow Medal predictions and vote tracker. Our AFL experts offer round-by-round Brownlow votes including a rolling Brownlow leaderboard and tracking for the 2020 AFL season. read more


2020 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 16

It's been a quiet few weeks for our runaway Brownlow Medal favourite in Lachie Neale but he was back with a bang in Round 16 to all-but lock up the 2020 Brownlow Medal. Let's take a closer look at the matches from the week with our Round 16 Brownlow vote predictions. read more


PlayUp

BetDeluxe