WE are on the board early AFL fans.
Footy were able to enjoy a sensational weekend of tipping and punting given eight out of nine favourites won in round two, which means our $3.54 multi of last week was successful.
In case you were wondering – we have no intentions of stopping there.
This week we have found some greater value given the bookies are offering generous odds on several teams we think are flying under the radar; which we are happy to take.
Let’s go back-to-back.
All odds for the third week of the AFL Season were provided by Sportsbet.com.au, which is offering prospective punters a great deal who are yet to sign up.
New customers can get their first bet at Sportsbet matched up to the value of $501.
Selections for the Round 3 AFL multi of the week:
Sydney Swans to beat Collingwood Magpies ($1.30)
Richmond Tigers to defeat West Coast Eagles ($2.60)
Geelong Cats to beat Melbourne Demons ($1.40)
Hawthorn Hawks to win against the Gold Coast Suns ($1.35)
Sydney Swans vs. Collingwood Magpies
Saturday, April 7 from 7.50 pm AEST, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Two winless teams kick off round three this week as the Swans and Magpies meet on the SCG.
The Swans were unlucky in defeat last week against the Bulldogs. A three goal burst by Buddy Franklin surged Sydney to the lead in the fourth quarter only to have a contentious rushed behind ruling against Callum Mills take the wind out of their sails.
The Magpies played in the early nomination for the worst match of the year last week against the Tigers. Other than a few familiar names the Pies were incredibly sloppy by foot, which stifled any chance at victory.
Both teams will be desperate to put their best foot forward and get on the board in 2017, but the Swans are the SCG are a difficult prospect so we have to take the home side.
Sydney Swans to win – $1.30
Richmond Tigers vs. West Coast Eagles
Saturday, April 8 from 2.10 pm AEST, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
The Tigers are undefeated in 2017 and the Tiger army is roaring, can they keep their run going against the travel wary Weagles?
Whether or not much can be read into wins against the Blues and the Magpies at this early stage of the season remains to be season but you can take nothing away from Richmond – they have beaten what is in front of them.
West Coast enters round three 2-0 after two strong wins, but their last week victory against the Saints would cause concern given the visitors almost beat the Eagles at home without two of their absolute best players.
We are not sure the Eagles are the real deal yet, and neither are Richmond, but their travel woes have been self-evident over the last five years.
We are taking the Tigers at odds to maintain their unbeaten run in 2017.
Richmond Tigers to win – $1.36
Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne Demons
Saturday, April 8 from 4.35 pm AEST, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
The Cats looked average last week while the Demons looked worse yet both teams are 2-0 to start the season.
Geelong were ambushed by North Melbourne last week but somehow found a way to win. The Cats will not want to give up a similar type of lead to opposition of a higher quality.
The Demons overcame Carlton, but coach Simon Goodwin will be disappointed in the manner it happened. To compound the woes star forward Jesse Hogan and experienced on-baller Jordan Lewis will miss two and three weeks respectively after feeling the wrath of the MRP.
It leaves a gaping hole in their team.
The Cats will be breathing fire after their lacklustre performance last week, and it spells trouble for the depleted Demons.
Geelong should keep our multi rolling into the final leg.
Geelong Cats to win – $1.40
Gold Coast Suns vs. Hawthorn Hawks
Sunday, April 9 from 3.20 pm AEDT, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Two under siege teams round out the weekend of footy in the sunshine state as the Hawks travel to the Gold Coast to face the Suns at Metricon Stadium.
The Suns have been absolutely abysmal to start the season. After their shock loss to the Lions in the opening round the Gold Coast lost by triple figures to GWS. Irrespective of your position on the ladder, a 100 point loss is unacceptable.
The new era at Hawthorn has yielded exactly zero wins from two games in 2017. In both early season games the Hawks were in strong positions in the first half only to run out of petrol late in the game.
Both teams need to win to build some momentum this season. We think the Hawks will have too much in the locker for the hapless Suns.
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