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AFL Finals Week 3: Betting Preview and Tips

Four teams remain in contention to win the 2019 AFL Premiership.

There are two Preliminary Finals to be played in order to determine the grand finalists for this season.

On Friday night, Richmond host the Geelong Cats at the MCG before Collingwood host the GWS Giants at the MCG in a Saturday twilight match.

We preview both finals matches:

Richmond v Geelong Cats

Richmond have been posted as the $1.30 favourites in the head to head betting and claimed victory over Brisbane in the first week of the finals, defeating the Lions by 47 points.

The Cats cast aside some poor opening quarter form to burst out of the blocks against West Coast in the Semi Finals, eventually winning by 20 points. Prior to that performance they went down to Collingwood by 10 points in the Qualifying Final.

Both sides won 16 games over the course of the home and away season. Geelong had the superior defence, conceding fewer points and Richmond’s Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch will need to be at their best to overcome the Cats backline.

But it is at the other end of the ground where there are some concerns for Geelong as they will have to do it without their key forward, Tom Hawkins, who was suspended for a hit on Eagles defender, Will Schofield last weekend.

Both sides are evenly matched in the middle of the ground and the battles in this part will be absorbing as Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin and Dion Prestia take on the likes of Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Tim Kelly.

Prediction: Tigers -20 ($1.98 TopBetta)

Collingwood v GWS Giants

Collingwood qualified in 4th position on the ladder at the end of the home and away season and registered a 10 point win over Geelong in the first week of the finals. They have since had the week off as the likes of GWS fought out the Semi Finals.

The Giants ended the regular season in 6th position and defeated the Western Bulldogs by 62 points in the Qualifying Final a fortnight ago before holding off the Brisbane Lions at the GABBA by three points last weekend.

A highlight of that performance was their staunch defence and the likes of Zac Williams and Nick Haynes stopped a number of Lions forward thrusts late in the game. At the other end, Jeremy Cameron booted three goals.

The Coleman Medal winner will be a key focal point for the Giants in their quest to make their first ever Grand Final. The expansion club bowed out in the Preliminary Finals in 2016 and 2017. Last year they missed out to Collingwood in the Semi’s.

Both sides are evenly matched in the middle of the ground. Collingwood have averaged more possessions over the course of the season but GWS have more clearances and centre clearances.

Expect Brodie Grundy to get on top in the ruck, but Jacob Hopper and Josh Kelly will have a say on proceedings for the Giants.

Prediction: Giants +13.5 ($1.98 TopBetta)