Nearing the half way mark of the year, there is plenty to play for in round 11, as teams try establish themselves as genuine finals contenders.
Sydney host Richmond at the SCG on Friday night as both sides try push for top four while a top four clash between Melbourne and Fremantle at the MCG shapes up to be a pearler.
Here at The Sporting News, we think these are the betting predictions for round 11:
Odds courtesy of Neds.
Last week, we managed to only get three of our nine predictions, with the Lions losing, the Pies shocking Fremantle as well as Christian Petracca and Tom Lynch kept goalless in round 10.
Sydney (7th) vs Richmond (8th)
In a do-or-die clash at the SCG, both sides come in with mixed form, as Richmond look to make it five in a row, whilst Sydney attempt to beat a contender.
Despite the Swans starting as favourites and the injuries to Tom Lynch and Kane Lambert has the Tigers already at a disadvantage, expect a close game, as there’s a lot laying on the line.
Midfielder Jayden Short has been super impressive so far this season, with some saying he’s on track to become an All-Australian by season’s end.
The no.15 has averaged 27 touches this year and will aim to continue that trend.
Short’s teammates love getting the ball in his hands, with his effective and penetrating kicking being a useful weapon for the Tiger lineup.
Jayden Short 25+ disposals – $1.38
Brisbane (2nd) vs Greater Western Sydney (14h)
With Brisbane slipping up against the Hawks over the weekend, expect Chris Fagan’s side to bounce back as they take on GWS at home.
Caretaker coach Mark McVeigh is undefeated as senior coach and will hope to cause an upset at The Gabba on Saturday.
Small forward Charlie Cameron is looking as dangerous as ever, kicking 18 goals in his last five matches and a total of 26 for the year.
Cameron has been a multiple goal scorer eight times this season and seems to be a safe bet when discussing the amount of majors kicked in a game.
Charlie Cameron 2+ goals – $1.28
Geelong (6th) vs Adelaide (15th)
Geelong have back-to-back GMHBA Stadium matches, with both sides from South Australia travelling down to the fortress in consecutive weeks.
Adelaide has struggled as of late, losing their last four games and struggling to get their mix right on game day.
The Cats have also been frustrating, with the club on a win-loss switch since round 4 but will look to go back-to-back.
With Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins in arguably career-best form and kicking goals more often that not, expect one of these forward stars to kick a bag.
These two accomplished campaigners will look to get ahold of the Crows’ young and inexperienced defenders in what poses as a one-sided affair.
Jeremy Cameron or Tom Hawkins 3+ goals – $1.80 or $1.83
Melbourne (1st) vs Fremantle (4th)
Melbourne had been flawless in 2022 and will hope to beat one of their contenders this year.
Fremantle were just as solid around a fortnight a go, however, have dropped their last two games to Gold Coast and Collingwood convincingly and look troubled.
The Dees start outright favourites in a game that would’ve been deemed a close one, yet the sheer brilliance from Simon Goodwin and his players have them sitting well above anyone else in the competition.
With plenty of small predictions that could be made, Brownlow fancy Clayton Oliver seems to be the safest, as his stellar season rages on, including his 45 possessions last week.
Oliver has averaged 34 touches this year, dropping under 30 only twice, with one of those being 29 disposals against West Coast in round nine.
The star midfielder also averages 30 possessions against Fremantle throughout his career.
Clayton Oliver 30+ disposals – $1.33
West Coast (18th) vs Western Bulldogs (9th)
On Saturday, West Coast host Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium, as the Dogs look to make it three on the trot.
The Eagles sit on the bottom of the ladder and almost look hopeless most weeks, losing by an average margin of 78 points in their last five weeks.
This is a game the Bulldogs must win convincingly, as they attempt to fight for a top eight position nearing the halfway mark of the season.
Jack Macrae’s year has been nothing short of outstanding, with the tough, inside midfielder in line to receive an All-Australian jacket.
Macrae has tallied up plenty of touches this year, 39 and 37 touches and collecting over 30 disposals consistently. Expect him to do it again.
Jack Macrae 30+ disposals – $1.33
Gold Coast (12th) vs Hawthorn (13th)
Hawthorn snapped a four-game losing streak against the Lions down in Tasmania and will see the trip to Darwin as a perfect opportunity to keep the momentum going.
Gold Coast fell short to the Dogs after back-to-back wins against premiership contenders Sydney and Fremantle and are still playing some impressive football.
Shaping as one of the games of the round, both sides would like to establish their credibility in season 2022, meaning the winner will go 5-6 at the halfway mark and right in the finals mix.
Mitch Lewis has been a surprise for the Hawks, kicking 22 goals in seven games and being a multiple goal scorer on six of those occasions.
Lewis kicked four majors and the sealer on Harris Andrews and the Lions and will be looking to replicate that performance at TIO Stadium.
Mitch Lewis 2+ goals – $1.38
St Kilda (5th) vs North Melbourne (17th)
St Kilda has got their season back on track, winning the last two games and eyeing off a top four finish in 2022.
North Melbourne’s troubles goes from bad to worse, with plenty of off-field drama sparking conversation surrounding the struggling Roos.
In a likely Saint win at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, expect Max King to get off the leash, as Kangaroo defender Ben McKay is still out with injury.
King kicked six goals on the weekend and helped St Kilda to victory, tallying a total of 29 goals thus far.
The key forward has booted a goal in every game, with the no.12 kicking three or more in five games and would set himself for a big one this weekend.
Max King 3+ goals – $1.45
Collingwood (10th) vs Carlton (3rd)
In a traditional Sunday afternoon blockbuster at the G, arch-rivals Collingwood and Carlton come into this game with form and a lot of interest.
The Blues start as favourites given their 8-2 start but the Pies have history on their side, winning four of their past five encounters.
Pies small forward and antagonist Jack Ginnivan has had a lot of media coverage, with the 19-year-old attracting a lot of attention from opposition players and supporters.
However, Ginnivan has kicked 19 goals in his eight games, including the Anzac Day match where he booted five goals and was rewarded with the best-on-ground medal for his efforts.
Anticipate the bleach-blonde youngster to stand up again on the big stage, with 70,000 or more expected at the MCG.
Jack Ginnivan 2+ goals – $1.67
Port Adelaide (11th) vs Essendon (16th)
Successfully reviving their season, Port Adelaide have put themselves in a position to attack September action, after beginning the year 0-5.
Essendon have been the disappointment for the year and are assumed to continue to be, with a tough draw in the next month.
The Power are expected to notch up their fifth win for the season when they take on the Bombers at Adelaide Oval.
With a smattering of inconsistent goal kickers on either side and not much guarantee in players collecting disposals, the safe prediction will be taken on this instance.
Port Adelaide to win – $1.17