AFL Finals Week 1 tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
After a season like no other, the finals are finally here, with four blockbuster showdowns coming up, with two teams set to advance into the preliminary finals and two more to be eliminated – read on below as we preview ever AFL Finals Week 1 match, along with providing our best bets and tips.
AFL Finals Week 1 Tips
NOTE: We will link all AFL Finals Week 1 tips and previews to this article once published in the lead-up to the games.
Port Adelaide Power vs Geelong Cats AFL Finals Week 1 Tips
- Thursday October 1 | Adelaide Oval | 7.40pm AEST
Minor premiers Port Adelaide come up against fourth-placed Geelong with the winner advancing to the preliminary finals. Port have home ground advantage, but Geelong were one of just three teams to beat them this season, registering a crushing 50-point victory back in Round 12.
Brisbane Lions vs Richmond Tigers
- Friday October 2 | Gabba | 7.50pm AEST
Second straight season these teams clash in the finals after Richmond conquered Brisbane en route to the premiership in 2019. The Tigers have an absolutely dominant record over the Lions, winning their last 17 matches, with Brisbane’s last win coming way back in 2004.
St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs
- Saturday October 3 | Gabba | 4.40pm AEST
First elimination final. St Kilda are playing in the finals for the first time since 2011 and will be confident of clearing the first hurdle having defeated 2016 premiers Western Bulldogs in their last two matches.
West Coast Eagles vs Collingwood Magpies
- Saturday October 3 | Optus Stadium | 8.10pm AEST
Rematch of the thrilling 2018 Grand Final. West Coast have enjoyed recent success over Collingwood, winning five of their last six meetings, including that aforementioned premiership decider. At home, the Eagles are a different beast and demolished the Pies 111-45 at Optus back in Round 8.