We are in the midst of one of the tightest AFL seasons in recent memory with every week seeming like a make or break for multiple teams. That’s no different heading into round 18 as six squads are within a game of the top spot in the ladder.
There are only two matchups between top eight teams as part of the round 18 slate, but those will have huge implications on the seeding heading into the home stretch of the 2022 campaign. Let’s check out some of the week’s biggest battles this week so you can bet against the AFL Odds.
Top AFL Round 18 Betting Games for the Week
Brisbane Lions (-15.5) vs Gws Giants, 7/15 11:45 PM ET
The Giants might be better than their 5-11 record would indicate, and not as bad as their three losses in the last four matches would indicate. Gws has had relatively competitive defeats to Collingwood and the Bulldogs over the past month, two teams vying for the final eight.
Regardless of Gws possibly being underrated, Brisbane is still a huge favorite on Friday as they are 11-5 and just a game off the pace for the top spot in the ladder. Brisbane suffered a defeat last week against Essendon mostly because they were depleted due to players being out for COVID protocols, but they’ve also lost five straight at Manuka Oval.
Geelong Cats (-8.5) vs Carlton Blues, 7/16 5:25 AM ET
The match of the round is definitely the new top spot holder Geelong (12-4) visiting Carlton (11-5) who currently holds the #5 place in the ladder. The Cats have rattled off seven wins in a row but are also in a letdown spot after last week’s 91-63 victory over the defending premiers Melbourne.
Carlton can stake their claim as legitimate contenders with a win on Saturday. The Blues have alternated wins and losses over the last seven matches though and are coming off a 116-53 victory over West Coast which has them trending towards a loss.
Sydney Swans vs. Fremantle Dockers (-9.5), 7/16 5:30 AM ET
The other match of top eight teams this round has Sydney (10-6) meeting Fremantle (12-4). The Dockers are tied with Melbourne and Geelong atop the ladder so are in a must-win situation each week likely from here on out.
The Swans are going to be a tough customer as winners of four of their last six matches.That being said the home team has won 13 of the last 14 between these two teams which gives Fremantle the value.
Port Adelaide Power vs. Melbourne Demons (-12.5), 7/17 1:20 AM ET
Melbourne has dipped to percentage points back from Geelong on the AFL table, falling last week to the Cats for their fourth defeat in the last six games. The Demons are still +202 to repeat as premiers and are hefty favorites against Port Adelaide. The Power have lost nine straight in this head to head series and look destined to have that streak reach double digits this weekend.