The Sydney Swans Host the Fremantle Dockers in AFL round 2 at the SCG, 2.10pm Saturday afternoon. The betting markets for this game are a perfect example of why it pays to compare odds between bookmakers before placing your bet. Comparing live AFL Odds here at BetonFooty.com.au we see that current head to head odds for Sydney range between $1.62 up to $1.72 and Fremantle can be backed from $2.22 up to $2.41. The AFL line handicap sees some bookmakers offering Syd -6.5 Frem +6.5 while others have the line at -7.5/+7.5.
The Sydney Swans did what was expected of them in round 1, get the win over the Giants (14.6) 100 to (5.7) 37. They didn't however win as convincingly as the bookmaker’s line was predicting, with a line handicap of -90.5 the Swans failed to cover the line, falling short by some 27.5 points. With the bookies line of +/- 90.5 and an over under total line of O/U201 the bookmakers were approximating the Swans to score 145.75 points to the Giants 55.25, so they ended up scoring some 45 points less.
Fremantle are coming off a great first round result which saw them defeat Geelong (16.9) 105 to 15.11) 101, for just the second time since 2006. For those who backed the Dockers in the head to head market they received odds of around $2.26 while Fremantle's +6.5 points start in the AFL line handicap market was enough to see them cover by 10.5 points. The over under total line for the game was 182.5 with an easy win for those who bet the over.
The Swans and the Dockers have met 6 times in regular season games over the 5 seasons, winning 3 a piece. The team who has won outright has covered the line handicap in 5 of the 6 games and the average game total is 187 points. The home and away results are 3-3 with the last three encounters having been won by the visitors. Backing the underdog has been the profitable angle when these two teams have met recently with 4 of the last six going to the underdog, including the last 4 straight. Last season they met in round 17 and on that occasion the Swans started as $1.33 (-23.5) home favourites. The Dockers $3.69 (+23.5) however ran out winners by 11 points (15.8) 98 to (13.9) 87.