The 2022 AFL continues to be one of the more competitive ones in recent memory. Heading into round 19, there are seven teams still within just two games of the top spot in the ladder.
Geelong and Melbourne are both still tied atop the ladder with 52 points. They should each cruise to victories in round 19, but the point spreads may say otherwise. Here are five of the most hotly contested matches of the upcoming weekend. Let’s jump right into action so you can place your bets against the AFL Odds.
Top AFL Round 19 Betting Games for the Week
Richmond Tigers vs Fremantle Dockers (-1.5), Friday 5:50 AM ET
What happened to Richmond last weekend? The Tigers had what looked like was going to be a breeze of a matchup against last-place North Melbourne, but the Kangaroos pulled out the 92-88 upset for just their second win of the season. That was a devastating defeat for a Richmond team trying to hold on to the eight spot.
Fremantle is not playing their best down the stretch either, losing to Sydney last weekend. That’s losses in two of the last four rounds for the Dockers, who were still able to hold on to the four spot.
Richmond had won four straight in the head-to-head series before last year’s defeat, but the Tigers have also dropped four in a row at Marvel Stadium, which gives the Dockers better value.
Port Adelaide Power vs Geelong Cats (-8.5), Saturday 2:35 AM ET
Geelong and Melbourne look like they will duke it out over the final five rounds of 2022 as both are tied atop the ladder with 52 points. The Cats looked dominant in last week’s 85-55 win over Carlton and will have revenge on their mind after losing to Port Adelaide 86-43 in last season’s qualifying final.
Port will play a top team for the second week in a row after their 83-69 loss to Melbourne in round 18. They have solid momentum, just a game back from the top eight even after starting the season 0-5.
Brisbane Lions (-22.5) vs Gold Coast Suns, Saturday 5:10 AM ET
The Q-Clash isn’t expected to be a close one, with Brisbane favored by a large margin. That makes sense due to the Lions winning seven straight in the head-to-head series.
Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons (-8.5), Saturday 5:25 AM ET
A rematch of the 2021 Grand Final that Melbourne went on to dominate 140-66. The Dees also picked up a 97-71 win to kick off 2022 in fashion in round one, so the Bulldogs look overmatched here even as they scratch and claw to try and overtake Richmond for the eight spot.
Collingwood Magpies (-5.5) vs Essendon Bombers, Sunday 1:20 AM ET
Collingwood isn’t favored by as much as one would think on the heels of an eight-match win streak, but that’s because Essendon is playing well also, with victories in four of their last five and against finals contenders. The Dons suffered an 11-point loss on Anzac Day, so is revenge in the cards?