2019 AFL: Round 21 Saturday Preview & Betting Tips

August 9th 2019, 6:01pm, By: Jake Smit

There are now just three rounds remaining in the 2019 AFL Premiership Season as we approach Round 21! This Saturday will see a big five-game slate play out, which should make for some fantastic viewing. As always, we’ve previewed each upcoming match and provided 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 21 in the AFL including preview and tips for EVERY GAME.

AFL Round 21 Saturday Betting Tips

Melbourne Demons vs Collingwood Magpies (1:45pm, MCG)

If there’s one team in particular that we’re sick of talking about this season, it’s the Demons. They dish up the same lacklustre performance week in and week out and look destined to finish second last on the latter. Thank the lord that the Suns are still in the competition.

The Magpies got an easy kill last weekend when they matched up with the Suns. They came into that fixture having lost five from their previous six matches but were able to record a big 120-51 win. Despite the win, the Magpies have it all to do if they’re going to finish inside the top four. They’re currently in sixth spot with three games remaining.

Not reading into last weekend’s win by the Magpies one bit. They’re decimated by injuries and have won just two of their past seven fixtures. We expect this to be a close encounter with both teams having equal chances to win.

Port Adelaide Power vs Sydney Swans (2:10pm, AO)

The Power just continue to surprise us this year. They’re by far the hardest team of any to get a read on and only validated that statement further with their demolition job against the Bombers last weekend. They went into that clash as sizeable underdogs, but it looked the complete opposite as they ran home 59 point winners.

The Swans couldn’t quite finish the deal in the Battle of the Bridge last weekend, eventually going down to their cross-town rivals in the Giants by two points. In some ways it summed up the Swans season, who are now 15th on the ladder with six wins from 19 matches.

If the Power play anywhere near as good as they did last weekend, then they should be too good for the Swans on Saturday. The Power must continue to win to stay in the finals hunt, and we believe they will do just that.

Brisbane Lions vs Gold Coast Suns (4:35pm, Gabba)

The Lions passed another test last weekend when they defeated a determined Bulldogs outfit at the Gabba. The Dogs pushed the Lions hard in the second half, but eventually the cream rose to the top and the Lions recorded their seventh straight victory since their Round 13 bye. 

The Suns also increased a streak last weekend, although there’s was for losing games. They’ve now lost an embarrassing 15 straight fixtures since they started the season 3-1. Where to now for the Suns?

On paper, this looks like being an absolute blood bath. The Suns have conceded 93+ points in eight of their last nine matches and have conceded 150+ twice during that span. We’re expecting another high-scoring match on Saturday.

 

Essendon Bombers vs Western Bulldogs (7:25pm, Marvel)

The Bombers dished up one of their worst performances of the season in Round 20, losing to the Power at home by a whopping 59 points. It was a performance that we probably should have seen coming from a Bombers outfit that was very lucky to win the weekend prior against the lowly Suns.

The Bulldogs squandered a chance to draw level with the eighth placed Crows last weekend when they lost to the Lions at the Gabba. They had their chances in the second half but were unable to capitalise when it mattered. The Bulldogs are still a chance to play finals, but the margin for error is non-existent. 

The Bulldogs have had the Bombers measure in the past four times they’ve met, defeating them by 20+ points on all occasions. On current form, we’ll be expecting that trend to continue. 

Geelong Cats vs North Melbourne Kangaroos (7:25pm, GMHBA)

The Cats were pretty disappointing in their Round 20 loss to the Dockers, which has left a lot of people questioning whether or not they’re genuine premiership contenders. They’ve now lost four of their seven games since the bye and will need to return to winning ways this weekend in order to retain top spot on the ladder.

North Melbourne were slow out of the blocks last Friday night against the Hawks, but absolutely turned it on after quarter time to run home 22 point winners. It really was the perfect way to cap off a memorable week for Rhyce Shaw and his family.

This is an interesting clash with both teams coming in with similar form. Obviously, the Cats are the better team when they’re firing, but lately they’ve been far from their best. We’ll be taking the Kangaroos to keep this close and cover the spread.

Saturday Sportsbet Multi

Demons vs Magpies (Demons +24.5) - $1.40

Power vs Swans (Power Win) - $1.39

Lions vs Suns (Hipwood 2+ Goals) - $1.36

Bombers vs Bulldogs (Bulldogs Win) - $1.72

Cats vs Kangaroos (Kangaroos +32.5) - $1.45

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