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2022 AFL Women's (AFLW) Round 4 Betting Tips

January 26th 2022, 1:20pm, By: Jack Tobin

2022 AFLW Round 4

The AFLW season is heating up, and Round 4 is going to provide some blockbuster clashes! Round 4 kicks off with a battle of 2nd vs 4th as the Dockers and Pies go head to head, while the ladder leading Crows take on 3rd placed Melbourne on Saturday afternoon! We’ve got you covered with our previews and tips for this weekend’s action below.

AFLW Round 4 Betting Tips

Collingwood vs Fremantle

Thursday, Victoria Park, 5:40pm AEDT

Collingwood host the Dockers on Thursday evening with both sides sitting in the top four with 3-0 records. The Pies are coming off a gritty eleven point win over Geelong, as they withstood a big scare against a Cats outfit they were expected to beat comfortably. Fremantle produced a superb second half to register a five goal win over the Tigers, as reigning AFLW B&F Kiara Bowers dominated with 28 disposals and 16 tackles. Both of these sides have aspirations of a maiden premiership this season, and the midfield battle looms as the key factor in this clash. These outfits are two of the most prolific midfields in the competition with Collingwood ranked 4th for disposals and Fremantle ranked 5th. 

The contest is where the Dockers can gain a big advantage in this game, Fremantle ranked 1st for tackles, laying 23 more tackles than any other team in the league, Collingwood ranked only 9th. Freo ruck Mia Strom has been dominant so far this season giving her midfield first use, with the Dockers the number one ranked side for hitouts. It’s a matchup that is going to give Collingwood nightmares, because if Freo’s midfield gets first use, the Pies are going to have a tough time stopping them.

The difference in forward half firepower is crucial with the Dockers being the highest scoring team in the league averaging 57 points per game, Collingwood only average 40 points per game. This is set to be a cracking clash, however it’s a matchup that suits the Dockers. Fremantle have a 3-1 head to head record against Collingwood in the AFLW, and the Dockers will remain undefeated.


Fremantle

$2.54

GWS Giants vs Western Bulldogs

Friday, Henson Park, 5:10pm AEDT

The Western Bulldogs are back in action for the first time in nearly three weeks as they take on the Giants. The Bulldogs had their round two and three games postponed with the majority of their list placed in health and safety protocols following their round one defeat to Melbourne. The Bulldogs head interstate to take on the Giants, who come into this game on the back of consecutive losses to top five sides in Fremantle and North Melbourne.

The Bulldogs are going to be at a severe disadvantage having not played in the last two weeks, and they’ve got a massive injury list. Izzy Huntington, Katie Lynch, Ellyse Gamble, Hannah Scott and Sarah Hartwig are all out with injury.  

The Giants were disappointing last week, but their fourth quarter performance where they outscored the Roos 3.2.20 to 0 should give them some confidence heading into a clash against much weaker opposition. Bulldogs have lost their last four interstate games, and with no games in the last two weeks, it’s going to be a tough ask for this young Western Bulldogs side.


GWS Giants

$2.57

St Kilda vs West Coast Eagles

Friday, Skybus Stadium, 7:10pm AEDT

It’s a bottom of the table clash as the 14th placed Saints take on the 13th placed Eagles, with one side set to pick up their first win of the season. The two sides met in the final round of the 2021 home & away season, where the Saints thrashed the Eagles in Perth. 

St Kilda were brave against flag favourites Melbourne last week, being level with the Demons at three quarter time before fading away in the fourth quarter. The Saints will take plenty of confidence from some competitive performances against the Demons and Pies in the last two weeks. West Coast were blown off the park by Adelaide last week, scoring just one goal in the 33 point loss to the Crows, and only mustering up three points in the final three quarters of the game.

The Eagles have struggled in attack this season scoring just eight goals in their three games, with five of those coming in their round two clash against the Suns. The Saints have shown that at their best they can take it up to the best sides in the comp, and they should be able to maintain that for a full four quarters against the Eagles.

Edit: This Game has been postponed due to a number of West Coast players being unavailable due to health and safety protocols. 

Adelaide vs Melbourne

Saturday, Norwood Oval, 3:10pm AEDT

Another top four clash in round four takes place on Saturday afternoon as the Demons head to Adelaide to take on the Crows. Looking to atone for last year’s Grand Final defeat, the Crows have been on a tear to kick off 2022. The Crows have registered five goal wins over the Lions and Eagles, as well as a win over fellow contenders North Melbourne. The Demons were slow out of the blocks but produced a stunning six goal final term to overrun the Saints last weekend to move to 3-0.

Both sides possess star studded midfields, with the Crows ranking 2nd for disposals and the Demons 3rd. Both teams possess the ball well, with the Crows preferring to maintain possession by foot, whereas the Demons do it by hand. Whoever can gain ascendancy in the midfield will go a long way to winning this match.

The home ground advantage will play a huge role in this clash, with the Crows winning their last five games at Norwood Oval by an average margin of 41 points. Melbourne has never beaten Adelaide in South Australia, and face a tough challenge at Norwood. This is set to be one of the games of the season, but the Crows will come out on top and extend their undefeated streak.


Adelaide

$1.58

Brisbane vs Geelong

Saturday, Maroochydore Sports Complex, 7:10pm AEDT 

After a disappointing round one loss and their round two fixture being postponed, the Lions sent a statement with a 35 point win over Carlton on Tuesday night. The Lions will play their second game in five days when they take on the Cats in Maroochydore. Despite being 0-3 the Cats have shown huge improvement this season, with their losses against North Melbourne, Carlton and Collingwood all coming by margins of under 14 points. The Cats went 1-8 last season with six losses above 28 points.

Brisbane got back their attacking best in the win over Carlton, moving the ball on at all costs in their typical high speed style. The Lions laid 17 tackles inside forward 50, allowing them to retain the ball inside 50, winning the inside 50 battle 49-29. If they can bring that same pressure against the Cats, then it could be a riot.

The humid Queensland conditions will be a major advantage to the Lions, and will be a tough adjustment for the Cats given their three games this season have been played at GMHBA Stadium and Arden Street. Geelong have definitely taken a step forward this season, but an interstate trip to take on the reigning premiers is a huge task. The Lions will be far too good for Gellong in this clash.

Tip: Brisbane, Odds To Be Posted

Carlton vs North Melbourne

Sunday, Ikon Park, 3:10pm AEDT 

Round four keeps delivering with another entertaining clash instore on Sunday afternoon. Carlton will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Lions on Tuesday, as they host North Melbourne at Ikon Park. The Roos moved to 2-1 with a 27 point victory over the Giants last week, and will be looking to keep the pressure on the sides in the top four.

It’s early in the season, but this looms as a season defining clash for a Carlton outfit that has continuously failed to live up to expectations across the history of the AFLW. A 1-3 start with clashes against the Crows and Dockers to come in the next two weeks, would all but end Carlton’s finals hopes. North Melbourne are one of the most complete sides in the league, ranking 1st for disposals, 6th for tackles, 6th for scoring. Their midfield bats as deep as any, and they have plenty of experience across all lines.

Carlton’s inability to score has been a major issue this season, failing to register more than four goals in a game so far in 2022. North Melbourne kicked 7.12.54 in just three quarters last week, and if they can be more efficient in front of goal, the Blue don’t stand a chance. North Melbourne have never lost to the Blues, and they’ll continue that streak on Sunday afternoon.   

Tip: North Melbourne, Odds To Be Posted

Gold Coast Suns vs Richmond

Sunday, Metricon Stadium, 5:10pm AEDT 

Round four concludes on Sunday evening with the Tigers taking on the Suns at Metricon Stadium. Both sides have one win and sit just outside the top and will be looking to keep in touch with the finals race. The Suns have a 1-1 record with a win over West Coast in their last match, while the Tigers have lost consecutive games to the Demons and Dockers after winning the opening game of the season.

They didn’t get to play last week due to the Bulldogs Covid issues, so it will be a challenging ask for the Suns to take on a Richmond side that has played with a distinct attacking brand of football. Monique Conti has starred for the Tigers this season, averaging 21 disposals, 4 tackles and 295 metres gained per game this season.

Richmond took it right up to Fremantle last week for three quarters, if they can bring that intensity against the Gold Coast, it will hold them in good stead. The Tigers defeated the Suns at Metricon Stadium last season, and will be full of confidence heading into Sunday’s clash. The Tigers are the third highest scoring team in the AFLW, and will have too much firepower up forward for the Suns to contain.


Richmond (-9.5)

$1.89

 

 

  

 

 

Jack Tobin has a Bachelor of Media and Communications Degree, majoring in Sports Media, and has been part of the Before You Bet writing staff since 2019.

Jack is a sports fanatic but is particularly keen on Cricket, AFL, Basketball, NFL and Soccer where he has a keen eye for spotting a winner or three. Jack is still waiting for Essendon to win a final in the AFL, while he also supports the Miami Heat in the NBA, Manchester United in the EPL and the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL.

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