AFL Round 1 tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
After a long wait, the AFL season is back this week with the traditional season opener between the reigning champions Richmond and Carlton on Thursday night, meanwhile, Adam Treloar is set to face his former side on Friday night – read on below as we preview every AFL Round 1 game, along with providing our best bets and tips.
AFL Round 1 Tips
NOTE: We will link all AFL Round 1 tips and previews to this article once published throughout the week.
Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues AFL Round 1 Tips
- Thursday March 18 | MCG | 7:25PM (AEDT)
Richmond will be looking to start their premiership defence on the right note against rivals Carlton in the traditional AFL season opener. Whilst Carlton looks to kick off their hopeful campaign with a surprise victory over the Tigers despite history not being on their side.
Collingwood Magpies vs Western Bulldogs AFL Round 1 Tips
- Friday March 19 | MCG | 7:50PM (AEDT)
Both teams aiming for a finals position in 2021 battle it out on a blockbuster Friday night, in which star midfielder, Adam Treloar faces his former side after an interesting trade period – the last time the Dogs beat Collingwood was Round 1, 2017.
Melbourne Demons vs Fremantle Dockers AFL Round 1 Tips
- Saturday March 20 | MCG | 1:45PM (AEDT)
Melbourne plays host to the Dockers at the third match in a row at the MCG, with both sides desperately craving the four points to kick start their seasons – the home side has won four of the last six matches.
Adelaide Crows vs Geelong Cats AFL Round 1 Tips
- Saturday March 20 | Adelaide Oval | 4:35PM (AEDT)
Adelaide will look to improve upon their last-placed finish last season but are set for another poor season. Meanwhile, Geelong are among the favourites to win the flag and will look to prove a point in their opening match of the season.
Essendon Bombers vs Hawthorn Hawks AFL Round 1 Tips
- Saturday March 20 | Marvel Stadium | 7:25PM (AEDT)
Both teams are set for disappointing seasons. However, both sides showed impressive signs in pre-season with Essendon taking Geelong all the way and being the best pressure side in the Marsh Cup and Hawthorn dominating the Kangaroos by 39 points showcasing some bright young talent.
Brisbane Lions vs Sydney Swans
- Saturday March 20 | Gabba | 7:45PM (AEDT)
The Lions head into an optimistic season when they host the Swans at the Gabba on Saturday night – Sydney have won three of the last five matches, but Brisbane has won the last two…
North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide
- Sunday March 21 | Marvel Stadium | 1:10PM (AEDT)
North Melbourne could be set for a long season and it all starts on Sunday when they face last season’s heavyweights Port Adelaide, who are outsiders by many to be this season’s premiers.
GWS vs St Kilda
- Sunday March 21 | GIANTS Stadium | 3:20PM (AEDT)
Possibly one of the games of the round, sees the Giants will look to redeem themselves after a lacklustre season last year when they face the on-the-rise Saints who have high expectations.
West Coast vs Gold Coast
- Sunday March 21 | Optus Stadium | 6:10PM (AEDT)
The Eagles will look to soar once again this season and go deep into finals after finding life tough in the hubs last season. Meanwhile, Gold Coast are optimistic of good things this season and will be keen to ruin the party.