AFL Round 13 Tips & Preview

With only a two day break between games, Round 13 of the AFL season gets underway with the Crows hosting the Tigers on Thursday night.

We only have six games with the bye, but the good people at the AFL fixture department have been able to spread it around four days because we the footy-loving public need to spread it out as much as we can to avoid having something else to do with our time.

With that in mind, we’ve previewed all six games ahead of Round 13 as you the punter goes on a quest to find a winner. 

ADELAIDE v RICHMOND
Adelaide Crows (-18.5) @ $1.90

In what will be the third time these two clubs have met since the 2017 Grand Final, Adelaide hosts Richmond VFL at Adelaide Oval this Thursday night.

It’s safe to say the injury toll as really caught up on Richmond with Dusty under a cloud, Brandon Ellis, David Astbury, Kane Lambert, Nick Vlaustin with injury issues along with the obvious of  Jack Riewoldt and Alex Rance.

The Crows, on the other hand, had a pretty damn good win over the Giants as Josh Jenkins booted three goals, Eddie Betts was Eddie Betts and Tex Walker actually pulled his finger out and played one good quarter.

Adelaide will be primed to beat Richmond on their home deck.

Unless the ghosts of the 2017 Grand Final and being on the bus at pre-season camp listening to “Oh we’re from Tigerland” on repeat still haunts them.

No one expected Richmond to win when they were at Adelaide Oval last time and played Port.

Should you back them? Probably not.

The bye couldn’t come quick enough for the men from Punt Road.

ESSENDON v HAWTHORN
Hawthorn H2H @ $2

With both teams fresh off the bye, old rivals Essendon and Hawthorn meet this Friday night at Marvel Stadium in a game that neutrals hope for some good old fashioned push’n shove between the two.

In an age of AFL officials throwing out fans for yelling “green maggot” at umpires, booing over analyzed and pointless rule changes how wonderful it would be if someone says “drew a line in the sand” and allowed Essendon and Hawthorn to settle matters the old fashioned way.

It’s not going to happen this Friday night, unfortunately.

What we can expect is a pretty evenly matched game of Football between one side that was always going to be mid-range and one side that drank their own bathwater over the off-season and have been pretty hit and miss during the season.

You be the judge about which teams I’m talking about.

Expect O’Mearea to get plenty of the footy for the Hawks and maybe some flashy play from Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti but that’s all you’ll get out of this one.

GOLD COAST v ST KILDA
Gold Coast Suns to win by 1-39 @ $2.75

AFL Games for premiership points comes to Townsville before the first sod is even turned on the Adani coal mine with the Gold Coast Suns hosting St.Kilda at Riverway Stadium.

The Saints have had the week off after going down to Port Adelaide in China and their frequent flyer points are soaring as they head to Central Queensland.

Given St.Kilda now has interests in both China and Townsville, it’s surprising that Clive Palmer didn’t have an attack ad or conspiracy theory against the Saints during the recent federal election.

Hopefully, the Best Western Townsville Motor-In’s food doesn’t poison the Saints squad before the game.

The Gold Coast Suns have dropped their Chinese interests in favour of selling home games to regional Australian towns, keeping Aussie Footy at Aussie Footy Grounds.

The Saints actually go in favourite for this game, but I feel the Suns might just be the best value bet this round.

If Gold Coast can start well and not drop their guard early in the game, they should be able to hold off the Saints.

They had a shocker against North last week and their last quarter saved them from being belted but both the Saints and Suns have been really hit and miss in season 2019.

It’s the Gold Coast Suns turn to be a hit and the Saints a miss.

FREMANTLE v PORT ADELAIDE
HALF-TIME/FULL-TIME Port Adelaide/Fremantle @ $6.75

Make no mistake, this is the game of the Round.

Both Freo and Port have had incredibly similar seasons and it’s no wonder they are 9th (Freo) and 8th (Port)

With both teams fresh off the bye, this oozes “must-win” and it’ll be on for young and old at Optus Stadium.

But who to back?

In these sorts of matches, it’s best to play it safe and back Fremantle at home.

It’s a wise and sensible thing to do.

CARLTON v WESTERN BULLDOGS
Carlton (+11.5) @ $1.90

The Shackles are off at Princes Park.

David Teague will be the coach for life once he brings the first flag to Carlton since 1995. 

Patrick Cripps already has the 2019 Brownlow Medal around his neck.

The new Carlton dynasty starts in 2020.

They just need to finish off 2019 and could they make it two in a row against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Imagine being able to tell your grandchildren where you were when the new Carlton dynasty began in 2019?

However, fresh off the bye and wanting to get their season back on track you’d think the Western Bulldogs will be too good for these now enthusiastic, freedom-loving Carlton team.

But if you want to back the Blues, I won’t stop you.

NORTH MELBOURNE v GWS
North Melbourne to win by 1-39 @ $3.10

Under new coach Rhyce Shaw North Melbourne have won three in a row with two different coaches and are right now the in-form team.

The Roos host GWS in Hobart and what better way to remind the good people of Tasmania that the AFL gave Western Sydney a team than an actual footy heartland state.

GWS should have beaten Adelaide last week, it was embarrassing for them and the 70 people around Australia that follow them.

North couldn’t have put a foot wrong against the Suns last week and they also play the windy  Bellerive Ovall quite well.

Expect North to make it four in a row this Sunday and to be more up and about than Bev from The Bev Show after a Hobart Hurricanes win.