AFL Round 6: Saturday Night Match Previews & Betting Tips
We see an all-important local derby as the Swans look to keep their season alive against a Giants team hungry to bounce back and the Dogs look to snap a three-game losing streak against a Dockers team fresh off producing one of the upsets of the season.
Sydney v GWS - SCG - 7:25pm
In search of vengeance after their elimination from the 2018 finals series, the Sydney Swans will host the Giants at the SCG in the 17th ‘Battle of the Bridge’. It appears the Swans are yet to recover from that 49-point loss in the elimination final, having started the 2019 campaign by losing four of their first five fixtures and now four straight at their home ground. The most recent of those matches, a 32-point loss to Richmond – saw Sydney continue to struggle hitting the scoreboard. The Swans are now ranked 16th for average points scored this season. Comparatively, the Giants hold a 3-2 record to open their campaign, although they too enter this fixture fresh off a loss, having fallen 106-82 to the Dockers in Canberra. Nevertheless, the Giants will be backed in to rediscover the form which has seen them overcome the Tigers and Bombers by a combined margin of 237-116 from their two matches in Sydney this season.
Key Stat: The favourite has won each of the seven previous matches between Sydney and GWS at the SCG.
Best bet: GWS 1-39
Value bet: Giants 40+
Fremantle v Western Bulldogs - Optus Stadium - 8:10pm
On the opposite end of major upsets during Round 5, the Fremantle Dockers and Western Bulldogs will come together at Optus Stadium on Saturday evening. The Dockers were the success story of the duo, going to Canberra and overcoming the Giants by 24-points. Fremantle’s forward line was up and about during that result, as Jesse Hogan and Matt Taberner combined for 43 disposals, 27 marks and six goals. That duo could be set to cause the Bulldogs major headaches much like Harry McKay (20 disposals, 11 marks, four goals) did during their 101-57 loss to the Blues. Hogan could be the man who takes full advantage when considering he kicked nine goals in two appearances against the Bulldogs during 2018. Further enhancing the likelihood of a Dockers victory will be their strong home record against the Dogs which includes five consecutive victories, the most recent of which came by a 108-54 scoreline in Round 5, 2018.
Key Stat: The Western Bulldogs have lost each of their last eight interstate night matches.
Best bet: Fremantle 1-39
Value bet: Fremantle 40+
Friday Night Preview: Power v Kangaroos
Wednesday Night Preview: Tigers v Demons