AFL Round 12 tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
A Sydney derby in the west kicks off AFL Round 12 action as the Swans and Giants collide on Thursday night, while Geelong and Port Adelaide face off in a marquee top three showdown on Friday – read on below as our AFL tipping experts preview every Round 12 match, along with providing our best bets and tips.
AFL Round 12 Tips
NOTE: We will link all AFL Round 12 tips and previews to this article once published throughout the week.
Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants AFL Round 12 Tips
Thursday August 13 | Optus Stadium | 8.10pm AEST
Giants targeting their fifth straight win over Sydney and their fourth consecutive victory of the season – and they’ll be extremely confident, with the Swans languishing in second-last on the ladder.
Geelong Cats vs Port Adelaide Power AFL Round 12 Tips
Friday August 14 | 7.50pm AEST | Metricon Stadium
Blockbuster top of the table clash between competition leaders Port and third-placed Geelong. The Cats have won four of their last five meetings, but Port prevailed in their most recent encounter.
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Brisbane Lions
Saturday August 15 | 2.35pm AEST | Metricon Stadium
Brisbane returned to the winners circle and maintained second spot on the ladder with their win over the Bulldogs, while the Kangaroos continue to struggle and were comprehensively beaten by Melbourne in Round 11.
Melbourne Demons vs Collingwood Magpies
Saturday August 15 | 5.10pm AEST | Gabba
Collingwood are still far from their best, but they did return to the top eight with a come-from-behind win over last-placed Adelaide, while the Demons are on the brink of the eight after back-to-back victories.
Fremantle Dockers vs Carlton Blues
Saturday August 15 | 8.10pm AEST | Optus Stadium
Fremantle starting to make a slow push up the ladder after two straight wins, while Carlton are going in the opposite direction following back-to-back losses to West Coast and Hawthorn.
Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide Crows
Sunday August 16 | 1.05pm AEST | Metricon Stadium
The Bulldogs have a fantastic chance to snap a three-game losing run and break back into the top eight when they come up against a Crows side who haven’t won in more than a year.
St Kilda Saints vs Essendon Bombers
Sunday August 16 | 3.35pm AEST | Gabba
St Kilda will be determined for an immediate response to their heavy loss to Geelong in Round 11, while Essendon need a win to keep in touch with the eight after two consecutive defeats.
West Coast Eagles vs Hawthorn Hawks
Sunday August 16 | 6.10pm AEST | Optus Stadium
West Coast are the form team in the competition and have thrived since returning to Perth, winning six straight, while Hawthorn are languishing at the other end of the ladder in 15th.
Richmond Tigers vs Gold Coast Suns
Monday August 17 | 7.10pm AEST | Gabba
Richmond have improved since the start of the season, but they are coming off a loss to ladder-leading Port, while Gold Coast need an upset to stay within striking distance of the top eight.