TAB Betting Blog: Bulldogs, Cats the smart money in AFL Round 8

Line: Western Bulldogs - 6.5 points at $1.90

Another stellar performance from Aaron Naughton with five goals certainly wouldn't go astray. The Bulldogs' spread, link-up play and fast-paced handballs overwhelmed the Tigers. They'll aim to reproduce that level and hopefully continue their impressive form from last week.

The Dogs boast a winning head-to-head record against the visitors winning four of the last five by an average of 24-points.

Securing another win down in Ballarat would keep the finals dreams alive for the Bulldogs.

The last time they met the Bulldogs won their third straight game against Brisbane. However, a spirited late surge from the Lions reduced the margin to within seven points in the final term. Marcus Bontempelli and Dayne Zorko bagged four goals each and Jack Macrae amassed an enormous 47 disposals.

Margin: Geelong by 1-39 points at $2.05

Geelong need to win. Gerard Healy mentioned during the week that there is a strong chance Geelong will not lose again for the rest of the regular season given their favourable fixture list. With no disrespect to North, the Cats seem to be a team possessed as they are a game clear on top of the ladder. However, judging on previous games between these two teams, it is no easy win.

With an average score margin of 25 points respectively.

The last six contests have them locked at 3-3 while the last time they met Gary Ablett was playing his 200th game for the club; the Cats led for most of the day and made sure of victory with a dominant last quarter. Gazza was relentless with 34 possessions, while Tom Hawkins also caused chaos in the backline kicking three goals. Shaun Higgins was North's standout with 30 disposals and a few goals but lost by 37 points.

Value bets

Special: Treloar/Pendlebury 60 + disposals and 1 + goal at $3

After a slow start to the season the Pies have won four in a row and enter this contest as heavy betting favourites. Treloar and Pendlebury have been consistent contributors in the midfield in securing those wins. Treloar is averaging 32 disposals per game with Pendlebury just behind him averaging 29.

Line: +16.5 points Port Adelaide at $1.53

Out of the last four clashes between the two, they are split at 2-2 all. Generally, they are close affairs that could go either way and are often only decided by a few goals. The Power must take the game on at all costs, play with aggression and convert their opportunities once they get inside the 50m arc.

25, 30, 35, 40 club: Daniel Caleb 30 + at $2.25

An impressive win against Richmond has the Dogs 3-4 and in the hunt. Squaring the ledger to keep the top eight within arm's reach is vital. Daniel Caleb has been somewhat of a ball magnet securing 30+ disposals in five games this year alone.

Best multi

Head to head: Essendon to win at $1.56

Margin: West Coast Eagles by 1-39 points at $2.20

Head to head: GWS to win at $1.56

Tri Bet: North/Geel either team 1-39 at $1.45

Best multi: $6.85