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TAB Betting Blog: Jump on the Lions, Dockers in Round 9

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

Best bets

Head to Head: Brisbane to win at $1.75

Last time the pair met, Adelaide put a stop to Brisbane's three-game winning streak with a thrilling late-season victory.

Matt Crouch was a ball magnet with 40 disposals and controlled the midfield, while Hugh Greenwood kicked four goals. The Crows will be without Crouch this weekend, however, due to a corked hip.

Victory for the Lions would push them back into the top four after a disappointing loss to the Bulldogs last week and the Lions have been strong at home this year winning three out of four matches at the Gabba.

If they continue to apply a high-level of pressure that contributed to its early season success, it puts them in a great position to win this game.

Head to head: Fremantle to win at $2.80

Orazio Fantasia, who will miss this game through injury, was exceptional when these two last met, booting five goals as the Bombers overpowered the Dockers comfortably with a 29-point win.

Ross Lyon's team is clinging to eighth position after a strong start to the season. A road win at Marvel Stadium could rekindle the form they had not long ago.

The question begs, if Nat Fyfe can find the ball like he did against the Tigers, which resulted in 33 disposals and three goals, the Bombers will have their hands full.

Value bets

Margin: Geelong by 1-39 points at $2.05

The Cats need to match the Dogs on the inside - in the past two weeks, Josh Dunkley, Jack Macrae and Tom Liberatore's work around the contest has led the Dogs to victory. If the Cats can match them, they should have enough class on the outside. To add to the Dogs problems, they have beaten Geelong once in their past five attempts, losing by an average of 23 points.

Tri Bet: Syd/North either team by 1-19 points at $2.20

Picking a winner in this clash is like flipping a coin. Both teams have struggled so far this season and are known for close encounters, with each contest being decided by no more than 12 points on average. North will need to dominate the contested ball. Despite that being an obvious one for all teams, Sydney have the worst contested possession differential so far this season, which North should capitalise on.

Special: Oliver 30 + disposals/10 clearances at $5

Clayton Oliver has averaged 32 disposals this season and has been one of Melbourne's best and most consistent players. If Melbourne are any chance against the Eagles after last year's dismal preliminary final appearance, they will need Oliver firing on all cylinders.

Best multi

Line: Richmond - 4.5 points at $1.90
Head to head: Brisbane at $1.75
HDtoHD/OverUnder double: Collingwood/over 162.5 points at 1.90
Margin: West Coast by 1-39 points at $2

Multi = $12.63