AFL AFL 2018 Season Openers

AFL 2018 – Season Openers – Preview, Predictions & Tips

AFL 2018 Season Openers

by Ken Edwards, 18 March 2018

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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.

Tip – Defending Premiers, Richmond at $1.20 to win, Blues outsiders at $4.80 with

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.

Tip – Adelaide should triumph ($1.75 to win) in looking to impress in their return to Melbourne after the 2017 Grand Final loss, Bombers outsiders at $2.10

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is a passionate Betting Top 10 International Sports & Betting News Columnist. Australian by birth, and international by nature, he brings a wealth of many years of discerning international sports and betting industry analysis. As a true fan and Sports Statistic Nerd, Ken devotedly supports his beloved Queensland Maroons, West Ham United, New York Yankees, Miami Dolphins and Richmond Tigers when he's not busy writing about them.

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