AFL Round 18 tips, best bets, predictions and previews.
The race is on for various finals spots in the last round of the season – Port Adelaide and Brisbane are gunning for the minor premiership, Richmond, Geelong and West Coast are fighting for a top four position and St Kilda, Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Melbourne and GWS are all battling to snatch a finals ticket – read on below as we preview every AFL Round 18 match, along with providing our best bets and tips.
AFL Round 18 Tips
NOTE: We will link all AFL Round 18 tips and previews to this article once published throughout the week.
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs West Coast Eagles AFL Round 19 Tips
- Thursday September 17 | Metricon Stadium | 7.10pm AEST
West Coast must win to have a chance of leapfrogging Geelong or Richmond into the top four, while North Melbourne are suddenly scrambling to avoid the wooden spoon after Adelaide’s resurgence.
St Kilda Saints vs GWS Giants AFL Round 19 Tips
- Friday September 18 | Gabba | 7.50pm AEST
Massive clash. St Kilda will cement their finals status with a win, while GWS need to win and hope other results and various points differentials go their way in order to sneak into the eight.
Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons
- Saturday September 19 | Metricon Stadium | 2.10pm AEST
Huge chance for the Demons to qualify for the finals after edging GWS last week, but as is the case with GWS, they need other results to go their way.
Adelaide Crows vs Richmond Tigers
- Saturday September 19 | Adelaide Oval | 5.10pm AEST
Adelaide have gone on a three-match winning streak out of absolutely nowhere and somehow avoid the wooden spoon by winning this, but it’s unlikely against a Richmond team who will be aiming to lock down a top four spot.
Brisbane Lions vs Carlton Blues
- Saturday September 19 | Gabba | 7.40pm AEST
Brisbane still in with a chance at the minor premiership, but they will need either Port Adelaide to lose or overcome their points differential – which they are a great chance of achieving against Carlton.
Hawthorn Hawks vs Gold Coast Suns
- Sunday September 20 | Adelaide Oval | 1.05pm AEST
The only ‘dead rubber’ game of the round. Both teams hoping to finish off a disappointing season with a victory.
Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats
- Sunday September 20 | Metricon Stadium | 3.35pm AEST
Geelong tasked with a must-win game here in order to ensure a top four spot – and they should prevail against a Sydney side who were never in finals contention all season.
Fremantle Dockers vs Western Bulldogs
- Sunday September 20 | Cazaly’s Stadium | 6.10pm AEST
Western Bulldogs have their finals destiny in their own hands and will either have secured a spot by kick off, or know they need to win in order to finish in the top eight.
Collingwood Magpies vs Port Adelaide
- Monday September 21 | Gabba | 7.15pm AEST
Port Adelaide will likely have to win in order to claim the minor premiership, while Collingwood – at the time of writing – still need to play the Gold Coast and may have wrapped up a finals spot by the time this game comes around.