The race to the finals is on and round 19 certainly shapes a cracker in the AFL.
Hawthorn v Sydney
This looks to be a sensational clash between two of the form sides of the competition of late. The Swans have been nothing short of sensational of late, winning seven in row to have them sitting one win out of the top four. Interestingly though, Hawthorn were last team to beat the Swans over two months ago now and they will be confident of repeating that result on their home turf.
As good as the Hawks have been playing, you just can’t go past the red-hot Swans right now. They are the best side in the competition and should have too much for a determined Hawthorn.
Prediction: Swans halftime/fulltime @ $1.80
North Melbourne v Melbourne
Melbourne have proven themselves to be resilient and extremely determined footy side in 2017 and at this point, they certainly deserve their place in the finals – but that isn’t assured just yet.
The Kangaroos just can’t wait for this season to be done and dusted. Injuries and poor execution in the clutch moments have all contributed to their 17th-placed standing on the ladder. On the plus side, they did push the in-form Bombers for three quarters before being blown away in the final term.
Melbourne, however, have too much at stake to get complacent now and the return to form of Max Gawn and Jesse Hogan up front should be too much for the Kangaroos in Tasmania.
Prediction: Melbourne -17.5 @ $1.90
Gold Coast v Richmond
The Gold Coast will have to wait another year to crack the AFL finals for the first time in their history. The Suns have played some really impressive footy in 2017 but consistency has been a huge problem once again.
Richmond are hitting their straps at just the right time. The Tigers have won four of their past five including a gutsy win over GWS last weekend. And to top things off, Richmond get workhorse Bachar Houli back from suspension.
Prediction: Richmond -12.5 @ $1.90
Port Adelaide v St Kilda
This is a match up between two sides who will be desperate to return to the winners’ circle and are certainly capable of putting up big totals when things align in the forward 50.
Port struggled against a more determined Demons side while the Saints managed only 59 points against the flying Swans. Despite last week’s struggles we’re confident these two clubs will turn it on in at both ends.
Prediction: Over 155.5 points @ $1.87