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Thursday Night Football returns this week with the Adelaide Crows taking on the Hawthorn Hawks tonight and that means that we have four days of football to look forward to.

There are interesting storylines surrounding every single game this weekend and both the Thursday Night and Friday Night fixtures could be absolute thrillers.

As always there are plenty of betting opportunities across the six games this weekend and we have analysed every single match-up to come up with the best plays.

Richmond are currently priced at $1.73 to beat the West Coast, but we are offering $2 for the in-form Tigers to make it five wins on the trot with our Friday Night Footy Special!

Adelaide Crows vs Hawthorn Hawks

Thursday, June 18 – 7:50pm AEST – Adelaide Oval

Hawthorn return after a week off for the bye and face a fairly difficult road trip to Adelaide. The Hawks have struggled for consistency to date this season, but this is the time of the season when the defending premiers have made their move in recent seasons and they have won their past four games against the Crows. The Crows are celebrating their entry to the AFL back in 1991 and this will be a very good guide of where this side is at. Adelaide have beaten the teams that they have been expected to beat in 2015, but they have generally been unable to match it with the very best teams in the competition. Patrick Dangerfield was immense for Adelaide when they took on the Hawks last year and he will be key to his sides chances. The Hawks should prove too strong for the Crows in this encounter, but the Crows are a good bet to cover the line of 17.5 points.

Richmond Tigers vs West Coast Eagles

Friday, June 19 – 7:50pm AEST – MCG

Both these teams sit in the top eight at the moment and can consolidate their position as finals contenders with a win on Friday night. After a slow start to the season, Richmond have found form in recent weeks and have the chance to record their fifth straight victory. You never know what to expect heading into a Tigers game, but at their best they are the equal of anybody in the competition. West Coast bounced back from their loss to the Kangaroos to record a convincing victory over the Bombers and this is their last chance to play a big game at the MCG this season. The Eagles continue to improve as they get more players back from injury and they continue to score points at will, which could be a big issue for the Tigers. There is definitely not a great deal between these two sides and that means West Coast represent value at their current quote of $2.15.

Carlton Blues vs Port Adelaide Power

Saturday, June 20 – 1:40pm AEST – MCG

Carlton continue to struggle in 2015, but all the pressure is on Port Adelaide heading into this encounter. Port Adelaide were a game away from the AFL Grand Final last season, but they have struggled badly in 2015 and their season hit full crisis mode when they went down to Geelong last weekend. This encounter is almost a must win for Port Adelaide and they can almost say goodbye to their hopes of playing finals football if they go down. The Blues produced arguably their best performance of their season to date in their last game before the bye, but whether they can string together these performances in a row is another question entirely. Port will be very keyed up to win this game and they are a good inclusion in multis at their current odds of $1.30, while if they play anywhere near their best they should be able to cover the line of 23 and a half points.

Greater Western Sydney Giants vs North Melbourne Kangaroos

Saturday, June 20 – 4:35pm AEST – Spotless Stadium

Greater Western Sydney were having a dream season, but a injury crisis has hit the club that could see their season completely fall apart. Shane Mumford has been massive for the Giants this season and his season-ending injury is a massive blow, while they will also be without Joel Patfull, Phil Davis and Stephen Coniglio. The Giants simply don’t have the depth in their squad to cover those injuries and they are likely to struggle this weekend. North Melbourne were outpointed by the Sydney Swans last weekend, but a similar performance would likely be more than enough to beat the Giants. The Kangaroos have beaten the Giants by big margins in their four previous meetings and for the sake of North Melbourne fans that needs to continue this weekend otherwise there season is just about over.

Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions

Saturday, June 20 – 7:20pm AEST – Etihad Stadium

Neither of teams is taking a great deal of form into this encounter and this could be a scrappy game. The Western Bulldogs made an outstanding start to the season, but they have struggled in recent weeks and they desperately need to win this game to get their season back in track. Contested possessions remain a strength for the Bulldogs and this will be crucial against a Lions team that has been criticised for their lack of commitment. The Lions have won just two games this season and they have had an awful run with injuries, but they will take plenty of confidence from the fact that they have won four of their past five meetings with the Bulldogs and they don’t have a bad record at Etihad. The Bulldogs continue to be slightly overrated  following their strong start to the season and they are unders at $1.30, while the $3.60 on offer for the Brisbane Lions to return to winning form is well worth a bet.

Geelong Cats vs Melbourne Demons

Sunday, June 21 – 3:20pm AEST – Simonds Stadium

Geelong can move into the top eight with a win this weekend and they will have taken plenty of confidence from their tough victory against Port Adelaide last Friday night. The Cats have won their past encounters against the Demons and even this Cats side that has regressed significantly does not lose to teams like the Demons. Melbourne let slip a golden opportunity to return to winning form when they suffered a heart-breaking two point loss to the Saints on Sunday afternoon and it will be a true test of their character to see how they respond this weekend. The Demons have suffered some big losses at the hands of the Cats in recent seasons and Paul Roos will be desperately hoping that his side can avoid that this weekend. The Cats are the safest bet of the weekend and they should be able to record a very comfortable win.

Don’t forget about our $2 Friday Night Football Special! We’re offering a whopping $2 for the Tigers to roll West Coast this Friday night.

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