AFL Round 4: GWS vs Gollingwood Preview & Betting Tips

June 25th 2020, 5:37pm, By: PuntingInDanger

Round 4 of the AFL season continues on Friday night as the Giants host the Magpies from 7.50pm. GIANTS Stadium will be completely empty for the clash, but there will still be plenty on the line as two potential contenders for the Premiership go head to head. As usual, we have a full preview and betting tips for the clash below. 

Remember, we have previews and betting tips for all nine games in Round 4 of the AFL season! Just head to our dedicated AFL tips page where you can view all of the content. 

GWS Giants vs Collingwood Magpies Betting Tips

GIANTS Stadium, Friday 26th June, 7.50pm (AEST)

The Giants and Magpies have played in some epic encounters over the last few years, none bigger than the preliminary final last season, where Greater Western Sydney came out on top by four points. The Magpies will be looking to square the ledger on Friday night. 

GWS Giants

Although the Giants went on to get absolutely trounced by Richmond in the Grand Final a week later, there will no doubt be some lingering feelings of confidence after their impressive win over Collingwood in the prelim. They were absolutely dominated by Brodie Grundy that day as the Pies ruckman racked up 73 hitouts and 25 touhches, however, they were still able to capture a solid four point win. The Giants should be more competitive in the ruck department this season, with Sam Jacobs filling the starting role. Jacobs has been one of the better tap ruckmen in the league for the past five years, and averages over 28 per game this season, just a few less than his counterpart.

The Giants lost Lachie Whitfield early in their game against the Bulldogs last Friday night, with the half-backman going down with a concussion. He'll need to pass a fitness test to play this week, as will both Josh Kelly and Toby Greene. If all three of those players get up for GWS, it will be a massive boost for their confidence.

Nick Haynes was monstorous in the preliminary final win last season, racking up 30 touches on the back of nine marks, most of them intercepted. The way Collingwood like to set up, with a bunch of small forward, the mobility and size of Haynes becomes a real issue when floating across the packs. He averages 17.3 posessions per game this season and we could easily see him bumping that up to over 20 here. 

Collingwood Magpies

After what was a really sluggish game against the Tigers in Round 2, the Magpies bounced back in a big way against the Saints on Saturday. They dominated the game from start to finish, kicking out to a six goal lead by half time and never looking back. The veteran duo in the midfield of Steele Sidebottom and Scott Pendlebury were fantastic in the win, racking up 57 touches and a goal between them. Brodie Grundy had another great game, and continues to mount his early case for the Brownlow Medal. 

The Pies midfield could be strengthened even further this week with the potential return of Adam Treloar, who has missed both games since the return with a calf injury. Apart from Treloar, the Pies look pretty good on the injury front, with the majority of their best 22 available for selection this week. 

Young gun forward Jaidyn Stephenson botted two goals in the Prelim last season and made a brilliant return to the Magpies side last week against the Saints, slotting another two goals with limited opportunity. His goal/possession ratio is one of the best in the league and we expect him to be dangerous again on Friday night. 

Prediction

Depending on what happens with the Giants key injuries, we really think this one could go either way. Green, Kelly and Whitfield are all super influential players and until we know for sure what is happening with them, its just too close of a match to call. We are going to stay away from the H2H market and look towards the wire to wire market instead.

We expect this to be a pretty choppy match from start to finish with plenty of momentum swings. Back the 'any other result' selection at $2.00.

TIPS

Horse Racing Tips: Friday, July 3rd

We lead into the weekend with race meetings at Bendigo, Nowra and Muswellbrook on Friday, and Luke Krahe has higlighted his best bets for each track to try and build the bank. Find his preview and betting tips here! read more

AFL Round 5: Collingwood vs Essendon Preview & Betting Tips

The Pies will host the Bombers in what is sure to be a blockbuster Friday night clash in Round 8 of the AFL season! We have a full preview and betting tips for the clash courtesy of PuntingInDanger HERE! read more

Esports Betting Tips: Thursday, July 2nd

Esports continues this Thursday night and into Friday morning and as usual, we have you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the key matchups of the night here! read more

Horse Racing Tips: Thursday, July 2nd

Thursday sees five horse racing meetings take place around Australia, three of those being at Cranbourne, Murwillumbah and Hawkesbury. Luke Krahe has tipped up his best bets for each of those tracks in his preview here! read more

ARTICLES

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


What is Lay Betting?

Lay betting is when you’re betting against an event to occur. You’re betting that a horse won’t win a race, a team won’t win a match or your player will lose to their opponent. Find out more about lay betting at Betfair right here. read more


BLOGS

2020 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 4

A full round of nine matches are in the books for Round 4 of what has been a crazy 2020 AFL season. Here's our break down of each match and our Round 4 Brownlow vote predictions, as well as a couple of Brownlow betting tips. read more


2020 AFL Round 5 Odds

The Saints beat the Tigers in the upset of the round and after a shuffle of the schedule due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will be back in action in the opening game of Round 5 on Thursday night against the Blues! See the odds for all of the games in Round 5 HERE read more


2020 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 3

We saw some standout performances for Round 3 of the 2020 AFL season with a couple of our early Brownlow betting plays rising to the top of the early Brownlow Medal leaderboard. Check out our AFL Round 3 Brownlow vote predictions here. read more


Sportsbet Payout Early on Rowell to win AFL Rising Star

Sportsbet have seen enough in just 3 rounds of AFL footy to payout early on #1 draft pick Matthew Rowell to win the 2020 Rising Star award! The young gun likely has six Brownlow votes in three games, and has been backed into the $1.10 favourite to win the Rising Star. read more


PlayUp