The Tigers face the Blues in the opening game of Round 14 in the AFL on Thursday night in what should be a fantastic clash. As always, we’ve got you covered with a special preview and betting tips for the round opener below.
Remember, you can go to our AFL Tips page for full previews of all six matches over the weekend of Round 14.
Richmond vs Carlton Betting Tips
MCG, Thursday, June 16, 7:20 p.m. (AEST)
The Tigers came out of their bye round with a solid win against the Power at round 13 over the weekend. In a back and forth game, it was their defense that was the catalyst for the win as they conceded just 65 points on the back of 10 goals. It was a performance that contradicted the way the Tigers have played most of the season thus far, currently in the bottom eight for points allowed per game.
With the win, they moved into the top eight and it looks good to keep climbing with games against the Eagles, Kangaroos, Bombers, Suns and Hawks in the run home. If they keep their current form, they should be a huge threat to the top four by the end of the season.
The Blues’ winning ways continued Friday night as they defeated the Bombers by 26 points at the MCG. They have won five of their last six games and cemented their spot in the top four, now four points clear of the fifth-seeded Cats.
It is a testament to the depth of the Blues that they continue to win games despite having one of the longest injury lists in the league. Fortunately for them, the vast majority of that injury roster should return within the next four weeks, which should set them nicely for a real boost at the thorny end of the season.
The Tigers start as 2.5 point favorites and I agree with the bookmakers that these two teams are pretty hard to split. They have both been in solid form lately and played a fairly even game back in Round 1, with both teams leading more than 20 points throughout the phases of the game.
Love the look of the ‘Any Other Result’ in the wire-to-wire market here. There were seven lead changes in their game in Round 1, and they switched leads at the end of all four quarters.
W2W – Any other result
$2.07 (1.5 units)
Matthew Kennedy had 30+ hits in the first three games of the season, including the Round 1 game against the Tigers. Since then, he has played several more big games, but failed to break the 30 barrier. With Adam Cerra coming out of the side with an injury this week, there should be more run in the middle for Kennedy, I love the chances for him to turn 30+ this week.
Kennedy 30+ Divestments ($3.80 at Ladbrokes)
There will be a bit of rain around Melbourne on Friday night so I think this could be a bit of a stalemate in terms of scoring, just like the Tigers-Power game was last weekend. Back the below here at 154,5
Under 154.5 ($1.88 at Ladbrokes)