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Here are TAB.com.au's best betting options for the upcoming weekend of AFL action.

Best bets

Richmond to defeat North Melbourne at $1.57

The Tigers are battling through injuries and have not fired on all cylinders since the resumption of the 2020 home-and-away season, but they should still account for North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

Richmond failed to win their first three games after the AFL returned (one draw, followed by two losses), but they have managed to secure consecutive victories against Melbourne and Sydney.

The 27-point win over the Dees proved costly, however, with premiership stars Trent Cotchin and Dion Prestia among key players who succumbed to injury.

In a highly defensive contest, Richmond eked out an eight-point victory over the Swans at the Gabba last Sunday afternoon. Four goals was enough for the Tigers to prevail, with three majors kicked in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, the Roos fell to their fourth-straight loss with a 14-point defeat to Essendon at Metricon Stadium last Saturday night. While three of the four losses have been by 14 points or less, the biggest concern for North Melbourne is their attack.

The Kangaroos have kicked an average of seven goals in their four losses with eight majors being kicked twice. North Melbourne are struggling to kick goals and now face a side that prides themselves on its defence.

West Coast to beat Fremantle by 1-39 points at $1.80

The Eagles have enjoyed tremendous success against Fremantle in the last five years and they will be hoping that form continues in Sunday night's Western Derby at Optus Stadium.

West Coast had a wretched start to hub life in Queensland with three losses but they managed to claim consecutive wins over Sydney and Adelaide before returning to Western Australia.

Last week, they secured a 33-point win over wooden spoon favourite Adelaide at the Gabba, Tim Kelly playing his best game in a West Coast guernsey with 24 disposals.

Even though they had not suffered a significant defeat, Fremantle were winless after four rounds but wins against Adelaide and St Kilda saw them return home in buoyant fashion.

The Dockers overturned a 36-point quarter-time deficit and eventually beat the Saints by six points at Metricon Stadium despite almost throwing away a 19-point final-quarter lead.

The resilience shown last Saturday afternoon by Fremantle will be tested as they have lost their last nine games against West Coast dating back to Round 20, 2015.

Value bets

The Western Bulldogs to defeat Essendon by 1-39 points at $2.25

The Western Bulldogs were found wanting against Carlton last Sunday night and they will be desperate to redeem themselves this week against Essendon at Metricon Stadium.

The Dogs had won three straight clashes before suffering a 52-point defeat to the Blues. After conceding 14 goals in total in their three wins, the Bulldogs allowed Carlton to kick 16 majors.

Essendon has won four of their five games this season and their loss was to Carlton by one point. However, the Bombers will be without Jake Stringer (injury) and star midfielder Dylan Shiel (suspension).

The Bulldogs have won their last five encounters against Essendon and that recent record, plus a couple of key absentees, tilts the scales in their favour.

Either Hawthorn or Melbourne to win by 15 points or less at $2.20

Hawthorn and Melbourne have frustrated their fans this season and nerves could be jangling late in the final quarter at Giants Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Hawks succumbed to Collingwood by 32 points at Giants Stadium last Friday night and only kicked three goals. Hawthorn's losses have been against premiership contenders (Geelong, Greater Western Sydney and the Magpies), so there is a drop in class considering Melbourne's current ladder position.

The Demons claimed their second win of 2020 with a 17-point triumph over Gold Coast at Giants Stadium last Saturday night.

The biggest margin in a game involving Melbourne this year is 27 points and with the Hawks struggling in attack, it appears as though this clash will be a tight contest.

Best multi

The Western Bulldogs to account for Essendon at $1.92
Richmond to defeat North Melbourne at $1.57
Port Adelaide to beat Carlton at $1.42
West Coast to defeat Fremantle by 1-39 points at $1.80

Multi Price is $7.70