TAB Betting Blog: Bombers, Lachie Neale to dominate Round 17

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

Best bets

Head to head: Essendon at $1.80

Can Essendon bring up the ton against North Melbourne?

Dating back to 1925 since joining the VFL, the Bombers have beaten the Roos on 99 occasions. In more recent times Essendon are leading the head-to-head count 3-2.

Despite one punter placing $2,000 on North to make the Top 8, the Bombers have won four of their past five games and seem on a mission to secure a spot in September.

To score 90: Sydney score 90+ at $2

The past three clashes between these two, Sydney have won and scored more than the required 90 points. The average Swans score when they play the Blues is 107.

With the weather currently forecasted for no rain and overcast, this could suit the Swans at home in their bid to make a statement win over Carlton after a disappointing loss to Essendon.

Value bets

Disposals: Lachie Neale over 35+ disposals at $2.50

One of the TAB Brownlow Medal favourites, Neale has been a ball magnet when they play the Power - he has averaged 37 disposals against Port in his past five games dating back to 2016.

In Round 3 this year Neale racked up 43 touches in a 17-point win.

Total Points Over/Under: Geel/Saints over 158.5 points at $1.90

Maintaining a buffer at the top of the table is crucial after last week's hiccup, with only one game between the Cats and the Eagles now. Responding with a big win is vital to ensure a home qualifying final.

TAB punters are expecting the Cats to win this encounter comfortably with Geelong currently holding 95 percent of the early money wagered on the winner market.

In generally high scoring affairs, the past five clashes alone have seen an average of 184 points scored.

Half/Full double: Western Bulldogs/Western Bulldogs at $1.85

After upsetting top-of-the-table Geelong last week, Luke Beveridge's men are still in striking distance of a finals spot.

TAB punters seem to think it is the Bulldogs' game to lose as they currently hold most of the money placed on the winner market between them and the Demons.

Expect the Dogs to be ruthless under the roof at Marvel.

Best multi

Tri Bet 1-39: West/Coll Either team by 39 or less at $1.32
Margin: Hawthorn to win by 1-39 points at $2.05
Head to head: Western Bulldogs at $1.50
Head to head: Adelaide at $1.18

Multi = $4.78