AFL 2018 – Season Openers – Preview, Predictions & Tips
by Ken Edwards, 18 March 2018
Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues – Thursday, 22 March 2018
Richmond – The defending premiers are already roaring and ready in 2018 and appear determined to go back-to-back. A second dominant pre-season win, (70-point pounding of the Kangaroos) has the Tigers prepared for Thursday night’s season opener against the Blues.
Carlton – Whilst the Blues have a young and impressive fleet of mid-fielders, the big question is where their goals will come from. Anticipate that Alex Rance and the rest of the miserly Tiger defence will hold the Blues to a small score.
The traditional opening match against Carlton has become a pivotal moment for both clubs as they see what their respective clubs can potentially deliver. In 2018, the Blues will have to be right on game from the first bounce or the Tigers will unleash their attacking wrath without mercy.
Essendon Bombers vs Adelaide Crows – 23 March 2018
Essendon – There’s no doubt that the Bombers recruited better than any other AFL in the off-season. New recruits Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad add extra firepower and experience to the young and improving Bombers side of 2017. If all three new recruits fire, Essendon could transform themselves into the most dangerous team in the competition.
Adelaide – The Crows have the most dangerous attack in the AFL, an attack that only the Richmond Tigers defence could stop in 2017. Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts and company are capable of kicking big scores before the opposition have had time to blink.