With the 2020 AFL Premiership season steamrolling into round 11, it’s time to take a look at which teams are in action and which teams are looking good in their respective matchups. With just three weeks of regular season action remaining before the start of the postseason, let’s get started with picks on the first four matchups of round 11 so you can put your bets against their AFL odds.
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Port Adelaide (8-2-0) vs. Richmond (6-3-1)
Port Adelaide is sitting atop the AFL standings and comes into this matchup having won two straight and four of their last five, including a 55-42 home win over the Western Bulldogs on Monday. Richmond is in fourth place in the standings and comes into this clash having won two straight and five of their last six games overall, including an emphatic 82-41 home win over Brisbane on Tuesday.
Port Adelaide has scored the third most points in the AFL heading into this one (702) while limiting the opposition to a league-low 485 points defensively. Richmond has put 659 points on the board while allowing 534 points defensively. While Port Adelaide has been fantastic defensively, Richmond has scored 77 points or more in three of their last four, giving the Tigers the look of a team that has a legitimate chance to pull off the upset, even on the road.
- Pick: Richmond 58 Port Adelaide 55
- When: Saturday, August 8 at 1:35 AM
- Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Brisbane (7-3-0) vs. Western (5-5-0)
Brisbane is in third place in the standings with 704 points scored and 597 points allowed. Unfortunately, the Lions had their three-game winning streak snapped in their embarrassing 82-41 road loss against Richmond on Tuesday. Western is in ninth place in the standings with 580 points scored but a whopping 629 points allowed. The Bulldogs have lost to straight after going 5-1 in their previous six games and come into this matchup off a 55-42 road loss against Port Adelaide on Monday. For this round 11 clash, I really wouldn’t think twice about backing a clearly superior Brisbane squad to get it done. The Bulldogs have allowed at least 86 points in four of their five losses this season and that just doesn’t bode well heading into this one.
- Pick: Lions 92 Bulldogs 50
- When: Saturday, August 8 at 4:40 AM ET
- Where: Gabba, Brisbane
West Coast (6-3-0) vs. Carlton (4-5-0)
West Coast is in sixth place in the standings with 599 points scored and 522 points allowed defensively. The Eagles come into round 11 riding the wave of a fantastic five-game winning streak that includes a 73-64 home win over Geelong on Saturday. Carlton is in 13th place in the standings with 606 points scored and 621 points allowed. The Blues have alternated wins and losses over their last six games and come into this affair off a humbling 89-58 home loss against Hawthorn in round 9 on July 31. Keep it simple here. West Coast is on fire right now and playing some of the best footy of any team in the league while Carlton just can’t find the consistency they’re looking for. The Eagles get the big win to stay red-hot.
- Pick: West Coast 82 Carlton 58
- When: Sunday, August 9 at 12:35 AM
- Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
Melbourne (4-5-0) vs. North Melbourne (3-7-0)
Melbourne is in 12th place in the standings with 541 points scored and an identical 541 points allowed. The Demons snapped a two-game skid by smacking Adelaide around in their 88-37 blowout win on Wednesday. North Melbourne is in 15th place in the standings with 597 points scored and 678 points allowed. The Kangaroos are reeling, having lost seven of their last eight games including a humbling 90-57 road loss against Geelong on Wednesday. With the Demons playing at home in this one and the Kangaroos struggling mightily, this one looks like something or a near lock!
- Pick: Melbourne 68 North Melbourne 58
- When: Sunday, August 9 at 3:10 AM
- Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
More Round 11 Matchups
Monday, August, 10:
- St. Kilda (7-3-0) vs. Geelong (6-4-0) at 3:10 AM – Where: Gabba, Brisbane
- Fremantle (3-6-0) vs. Hawthorn (4-5-0) at 5:40 AM – Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
Tuesday, August 11:
- Adelaide (0-10-0) vs. Collingwood (5-4-1) at 3:35 AM – Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Wednesday, August 12:
- Gold Coast (4-6-0) vs. Essendon (5-3-0) at 4:10 AM – Where: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
- Sydney (3-7-0)
- GWS (5-4-0)