AFL Round 22: Saturday Night Match Previews & Betting Tips
North Melbourne can play spoiler when they host the Power who are looking to consolidate their position in the top eight, while seasons are on the line in Perth when the Bombers face the Dockers at Optus Stadium
North Melbourne v Port Adelaide - Marvel Stadium - 7:25pm
Able to take a huge step towards securing its place in September through victory, Port Adelaide will visit North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night in search of a 3rd consecutive win, which would almost all but secure their finals berth.
The Power will enter Round 22 sitting in eighth position on the ladder by percentage. That position has been facilitated by consecutive victories over Essendon and Sydney by a combined margin of 106 points, results that gained the club 6.9 percent.
Those fixtures marked the Power’s first set of consecutive wins since Rounds 5 and 6 and if they are to triumph over the Kangaroos it would mark their first three-match winning streak of the season.
Meanwhile, North Melbourne was utterly embarrassed last week, recording its lowest score in club history through a 69-14 loss in Geelong. However, the Kangaroos have proven tough to beat under Rhyce Shaw, demonstrated by their 3-1 record at this venue in his tenure as coach.
Key Stat: Travis Boak has recorded 30+ disposals in five of Port Adelaide's last six night matches.
Tip: Port Adelaide
Best bet: Port Adelaide -4.5
Value bet: Travis Boak Most Disposals Group A
Fremantle v Essendon - Optus Stadium - 8:10pm
Freshly removed from one of the most humiliating losses in club history, Essendon will attempt to pick itself up off the floor and save their season when they face Fremantle at Optus Stadium.
Although it was an injury-affected team that fell by 104-points to the Bulldogs, nothing excuses the Bombers’ inability to stem the onslaught of goals which reached an incredulous 21 in succession. In spite of that abhorrent display, Essendon still sits 7th on the ladder entering Round 22 and could secure a finals place through victory.
Comparatively, the Dockers were all but eliminated from September consideration through a heartbreaking three-point loss to the Saints at Marvel Stadium which saw them give up the lead during the final minute.
The Dockers were the fast finishers when they visited the Bombers in Round 9, however, not even the final three goals of the match were enough to avoid a seven-point loss, but may be able to overturn that on their home ground in a farewell match for club legend Aaron Sandliands.
Key Stat: Fremantle has won 28 of its last 30 Saturday matches as a home favourite.
Best bet: Fremantle 1-39
Value bet: Fremantle -15.5/Over 156.5