Another week, another AFL Super Saturday. Five important fixtures will make up Saturday’s slate for Round 19 of the 2019 AFL Premiership Season. Here, we preview each of them and provide our best bets and Saturday Multi. Good luck to everyone following!
Don’t forget, AFL Saturday will be our focus today, but you can head to our AFL Tips Page for a bunch of content for Round 19 in the AFL including preview and tips for EVERY GAME.
The Hawks were one of the most impressive teams in the competition last weekend with their demolition job of the ladder-leading Cats. They looked the best side for most of the day and eventually ran home fairly comfortable 24-point winners. That win keeps the Hawks in the finals hunt with their 8-9 record placing them in 10thand just four points behind the Crows in eighth.
The Lions were able to get the job done yet again last weekend when they shrugged off a determined North Melbourne outfit at the GABBA. There were certainly a couple of dubious calls that went the Lions way late in the fourth quarter, helping them to a 12-point win. The Lions jumped up to second spot on the ladder and are just four points behind the Cats.
This match has been priced at a coin toss with both sides at an even $1.90. The Lions certainly have more runs on the board this season, but it’s the Hawks who we think will get the chocolates this weekend. They’re playing desperate footy at the moment and looked extremely well organised last round. We expect them to take advantage of a Lions side that is likely to be fatigued after grinding out multiple wins in a row.
The Blues went into a match as favourites for the first time in a long-time last weekend against the Suns. Everyone expected them to knock over the Suns and they did just that by 24 points at Marvel Stadium. The Blues have now recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season and will be brimming with confidence.
The Crows looked well on their way to defeating the Bombers in Adelaide last Friday night when they led by 22 points at half time. That was not to be the case though, as Zach Merrett and the Bombers piled on goal after goal after half time on to cause the first upset of the round. Luckily for the Crows, they’re still in the top eight as it stands, but they won’t be for long if they can’t get back on the winners list on Saturday.
The Blues have been terrific lately and have given their supporters something to smile about for the first time in a while. However, we have the Crows winning on Saturday in a do-or-die match.
The Eagles proved to be too strong for the Demons in Alice Springs on Sunday, defeating them by 13 points in a see-sawing affair. Jack Darling was fantastic with 16 disposals and four goals, as was Dom Sheed with 34 disposals and the match-winning goal. That crucial win by the Eagles keeps them in third place on the ladder, only slightly behind the Lions in second.
The Kangaroos were brave in their match against the Lions at the GABBA on Saturday night, but eventually fell short by a couple of kicks. The loss probably spells the end of their finals push, as they now sit 13thon the ladder with seven wins and 10 losses.
The honeymoon period may well now be over for Rhyce Shaw and the Kangaroos who are likely out of finals contention. We expect the Eagles to take advantage of a flat North Melbourne outfit, defeating them comfortably at home.
Should every team just sack their coach every week? It’s remarkable how well teams have been performing this season the week after sacking their coach and St Kilda’s Round 18 performance was no exception. They absolutely dominated the Bulldogs from start to finish to record an emphatic 27-point win, while scoring their season high of 116 points.
The end of season 2019 couldn’t come any quicker for the Demons. They suffered yet another heartbreaking loss in Round 18, going down to the Eagles by a couple of goals in Alice Springs. Embarrassingly, they’re now in 17thspot on the ladder with just five wins next to their name.
We’re fully expecting the Saints to come out of the blocks firing again this week. They looked rejuvenated against the Doggies and will get a chance to make it two wins in a row under Brett Ratten when they take on a poor Demons outfit on Saturday night.
Port Adelaide were simply outclassed in their Round 18 loss to the Tigers. They tried hard, but eventually went down by a comfortable 38 points to one of the better teams in the league. The equation is now really simple for the Power – win to keep your finals hopes alive.
The Giants put in one of the best performances of Round 18 when they took on the Magpies. They started the match on fire, booting eight goals to one in the first term and never looked back. They came home 47-point winners and kept their top four aspirations alive in the process.
This has a sneaky chance of being the match of the round. Both teams need wins for different reasons. The Power absolutely must win to stay in touch with the top eight, while the Giants need to win to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four spot. We expect this to be a nail-biter.
Hawks vs Lions (Hawks Win) - $1.90
Blues vs Crows (Crows Win) - $1.50
Eagles vs Kangaroos (Eagles Win) - $1.33
Saints vs Demons (Saints Win) - $2.05
Power vs Giants (Total Under 170.5) -$1.25
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