With the 2020 AFL regular season rolling right along as it approaches the completion of its 18-week schedule, it’s time to take a look at the top three matchups on the round 14 docket. Fourth-place West Coast will be on the road looking to take down fifth place Richmond. The eight place Bulldogs will look to do the same when they host the third place Geelong Cats while league-leading Port Adelaide will look to cover a big figure against the lowly Sydney Swans. Now, let’s find out where the best betting value lies in all three contests, along with their AFL odds.
2020 AFL Odds and Picks for Round 14 August 27 & 28 Matches
Richmond Tigers (8-4-1) vs West Coast Eagles (9-3-0)
Richmond is fifth in the AFL standings with 857 points scored and 720 points allowed. The Tigers have won two straight and four of their last five including a 73-61 road win over Essendon on Saturday. West Coast is in fourth place in the AFL ladder with 813 points scored and just 670 points allowed (second). More importantly, the Eagles are on fire, having won eight straight games including a 61-49 home win over GWS on Sunday. These two rivals have split their last two meetings with Richmond recording a narrow, 88-82 home win a year ago and West Coast recording an emphatic 130-83 win in 2018. Now though, West Coast is the clearly superior defensive team in this pairing and they’ll be locked-in as they look to extend their impressive winning streak. Back the 2018 AFL champs to get it done despite being on the road in this round 14 showdown.
- Pick: West Coast 78 Richmond 66
- When: Thursday August 27 at 4:10 AM
- Where: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
- Money Lines: West Coast +108 / Richmond -149
Western Bulldogs (7-6-0) vs Geelong Cats (9-4-0)
The Bulldogs are sitting in eighth place in the standings with 843 points scored, but 831 points allowed. Western has won two straight after dropping their previous three games and comes into this matchup off a convincing 80-52 home win over ninth place Melbourne on Friday. Geelong is sitting in third place in the AFL ladder with a league-leading 953 points scored and 769 points allowed. The Cats have won four straight including a 65-37 road win over last place Adelaide on Saturday. To get right to the point, I’m expecting Geelong to have this game well in hand by halftime. The Cats are downright explosive offensively and the Bulldogs have allowed almost as many points as they’ve scored this season. Even on the road, Geelong gets the emphatic win.
- Pick: Geelong 82 Western 55
- When: Friday August 28 at 4:50 AM
- Where: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
- Money Lines: Western +139 / Geelong -196
Port Adelaide (10-3-0) vs. Sydney Swans (4-8-0)
Port Adelaide sits atop the AFL ladder with 894 points scored and 706 points allowed defensively. The Power have won four of their last five and got back in the win column following their stunning round 12 blowout loss by getting past Hawthorn 68-58 at home on Saturday. Sydney is is 16th place in the 18-team standings with 620 points scored and 759 points allowed defensively. The Swans have lost three of their last four and come into this affair off a pitiful 50-19 road loss against 13th place Fremantle on Saturday. While Port Adelaide hasn’t exactly been setting the place on fire lately, they are by far, the better team in this matchup at both ends of the pitch. With Brisbane in second place, but tied with an identical 10-3 record, this is a matchup that Port Adelaide can’t afford to slip up in.
- Pick: Port Adelaide 77 Sydney 35
- When: Friday August 28 at 10:45 PM
- Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
- Money Lines: Sydney +388 / Port Adelaide -714
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