Round 22 in the AFL offers a great slate of games, kicking off on early Friday morning. Check out our preview and betting picks for the key games of the round below.
AFL Round 22 Betting Picks
GWS vs Richmond
Friday 5.50am (ET)
The Giants recorded a brilliant win over the Cats last week to propel them back into the top eight, where they will stay if they can manage to win their final two games of the season. The first game comes against the reigning premiers in the Tigers, who they will be desperate to get revenge on after their Grand Final loss back in 2019 to Richmond.
It’s a massive game for the Tigers too, who can jump above the Giants on points with a win and potentially jump into the top eight depending on other games. They have a healthy list at the moment, the best it’s looked all season.
These two teams have played some low scoring games in recent history, averaging just 152.3 points per game across their last nine encounters. I think this one is a tightly contested battle that goes under.
Geelong vs St Kilda
Saturday 2.35am (ET)
The Saints desperately need to win their last two games to have a chance at making the top eight but unfortunately for them, the road goes through Geelong, who currently sit in 3rd place on the ladder and have won seven of their last eight games at home.
The Saints were impressive in Round 21, recording an upset win over the Swans to keep their faintest glimmer of hope alive for the finals chances. They have a long list of injuries that they have been battling for the majority of the year and unfortunately it came to roost with three straight losses to the Eagles, Power and Blues a few weeks ago.
The Cats have been fantastic at home this season, winning 7/8 games and those seven wins have come by an average of 34.6 points. Back them to cover the 26.5 point line and move a step closer to securing a spot in the top two.
Fremantle vs West Coast
Sunday 3.10am (ET)
The 2nd Western Derby of the season is set to be a thrilling affair, with both the Dockers and Eagles now fighting for a spot in the top eight with just two games to go. When the two sides met earlier in the season, it was West Coast that claimed a comfortable 59 point win but this time around, it seems like the Dockers are the in-form team in the west.
Although the Dockers went down to the Lions in Round 21, they were on the back of a win over the Tigers which had them in the top eight and another win here would not only give them four valuable points, but take four away from one of their main competitors for the final spot in the top eight.
The Eagles suffered a nine-point loss to Melbourne in Round 21 but were admirable against one of the top teams in the league. They have certainly recaptured some form, ad have had the wood over the Dockers, winning the last 11 Western Derby matchups in a row. Back them to keep the streak rolling.