Kicking round 15 off with a Thursday night blockbuster and top of the table clash, Melbourne host Brisbane at the MCG.
Demons-Lions is not only the top eight match this weekend, with Carlton playing Fremantle at Marvel Stadium, Geelong facing Richmond and St Kilda traveling to the SCG to take on Sydney.
A double-header will take place on Friday night, as the Western Bulldogs take on Hawthorn while West Coast face Essendon at Optus Stadium.
Port Adelaide and Gold Coast complete the weekend with a Sunday afternoon match-up.
Here at The Sporting Newswe’ve put together our betting predictions for round 15:
Odds courtesy of Neds.
Last week, we scored with five of our six predictions, with Sydney failing to beat Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.
Melbourne (2nd) v Brisbane (1st)
Arguably the game of the round, this match has been highly anticipated and it has taken 15 weeks for us to get a glimpse into a potential Grand Final match up.
Both sides have key players out, with Melbourne skipper Max Gawn likely to miss the next month or so with an ankle injury while All-Australian fancy Zac Bailey forced into H&S protocols.
Clayton Oliver has had his best season to date so far, averaging 34 touches in 2022, hitting 40 plus three times including the Queen’s Birthday clash that saw him awarded with the Neale Daniher trophy in a losing team.
One of the Brownlow favourites, Oliver has dropped under 30 disposals only three times, with two of those 29 keys. Expect him to hit his averages again.
Clayton Oliver 30+ disposals – $1.32
Western Bulldogs (10th) vs. Hawthorn (14th)
Hawthorn’s win/loss record doesn’t do Sam Mitchell’s side justice, with the young Hawks being super competitive but unable to come away with the four points.
Western Bulldogs need to win games like this to stake their final credentials and keep them in touch with the top eight.
Jack Macrae’s 2022 season has flown under the radar, being one of the Dogs’ best throughout the entire year.
Averaging 32 keys and seven clearances so far, the 27-year-old has been as damaging as ever, nearing his 200th AFL game.
Alike Oliver, Macrae has rarely dropped under 30 possessions and the last six weeks has been a string of impressive performances for the Bulldog.
Jack Macrae 30+ disposals – $1.44
West Coast (18th) v Essendon (16th)
Essendon’s win last week against St Kilda has them come in as favorites and chances to claim back-to-back victories against the Eagles.
West Coast were able to regain many of their premiership heroes against Geelong in round 15 and would be a sneaky chance to steal their second win of the year.
Peter Wright was kept goalless for three weeks before kicking four against the Saints and took most of his chances in front of goal.
Kicking 29 goals for the year, Wright poses as the biggest threat in the front half for the Bombers and in the absence of Jeremy McGovern, he may just be what gets Essendon over the line.
Peter Wright 2+ goals – $1.58
Carlton (5th) v Fremantle (3rd)
Fremantle’s past month has been super impressive, beating Melbourne and Brisbane in consecutive weeks before taking care of Hawthorn prior to the bye.
Carlton have been inconsistent of late, losing two of their last three to Collingwood and Richmond but doing enough against Essendon.
Coleman Medal leader Charlie Curnow has been quiet by his lofty standards, kicking only three goals in the past two weeks and lacking impact over the ground.
If the Blues were to win this match at the fast-deck of Marvel Stadium, Curnow will have to get ahold of the Docker defence, especially given partner-in-crime Harry McKay is back and firing.
Charlie Curnow 2+ goals – $1.36
Geelong (4th) v Richmond (6th)
Two of the in-form teams in the competition, this game is sizing up to be a blockbuster.
The return of two Brownlow Medallists in Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin adds to the fascination that’s already on Saturday afternoon at the MCG, with a chance at top four up for grabs.
Geelong got the better of Richmond in their last two encounters, however, the Tigers have done it when it’s mattered most, including the 2020 Grand Final as well as other finals over recent years.
Jeremy Cameron has been debated as the game’s best player with his versatility and speed of someone standing at 196cm.
The ex-Giant has kicked 39 goals this season and looks ready to be the league’s most dominant player, averaging three majors a game and 15 touches.
Jeremy Cameron 2+ goals – $1.30
Sydney (7th) v St Kilda (8th)
Both sides are coming off disappointing losses, with Sydney falling to Port Adelaide and St Kilda being smashed by the lowly Essendon.
A loss forr either team could result in them being replaced inside the eight by clubs waiting for the chance to rise up the ladder, adding intrigue to this crucial clash.
In what should be a close game at the SCG, the previous matches have been a mixed bag which makes it hard to pick the winner.
With that said, the Swans have been relatively strong at their home ground in 2022, losing only to Gold Coast and and Brisbane this year.
Sydney to win – $1.45
North Melbourne (17th) v Adelaide (15th)
North Melbourne’s season has been utterly disappointing, with punters struggling to find their second win.
Adelaide’s season is on par with their development, as coach Matthew Nicks continues to put his youngsters out onto the field.
The Crows have been competitive in their last month but have been unable to capitalize in front of goal kicking 39.51.
Rory Laird’s season has been as good as anyone else’s, averaging 33 possessions and dropping under 30 only twice in his 11 outings.
Collecting 42 last week, Laird’s uncanny ability to find the football does not receive enough recognition but he will always perform at a high standard, weekend-in weekend-out.
Rory Laird 30+ disposals – $1.38
Collingwood (9th) vs. GWS (13th)
Looming as a danger game for Collingwood, the Pies have been in excellent form winning their last four, but off-field dramas could just rock the boat against a firing Giants side.
Since taking over from Leon Cameron, caretaker coach Mark McVeigh has split the wins and losses, with defeats coming against Brisbane (14 points) and Western Bulldogs (20 points).
Collingwood must win this game to remain in striking distance of the top eight as we near finals otherwise they could start to fall away.
Rising Star favorite Nick Daicos continues to lift his game to unexpected levels, amassing back-to-back 30+ disposal games in the past two matches.
The young star is averaging 25 possessions off the half back and is a big part of the Magpies’ dash out of defence.
An ambitious prediction but the son of the Macedonian Marvel hasn’t let us down so far.
Nick Daicos 30+ disposals – $3.40
Port Adelaide (12th) vs Gold Coast (11th)
Port Adelaide’s season is hanging by a thread and a loss against the Suns will almost land them a knockout blow for 2022.
Gold Coast have become a very tough team to play against, beating Sydney and Fremantle on their way to 7-6 and having one of the easier run homes in the competition.
The Power surprised most when defeating the Swans last week at Adelaide Oval and could shake things up with a victory here.
If the Suns are to make the finals for the first time in their history, with games like this a must win otherwise it could result in another wasted season.
With plenty to play for, we’re predicting a close contest to complete round 15.
Gold Coast Suns (+14.5 Line) – $2.00