Betting Tips, Picks, and Predictions for AFL Round 20 (July 29-31, 2022)

| July 26, 2022 12:53 am PDT

Welcome to my AFL predictions, tips, and betting picks for Round 20. With only four rounds of the regular season remaining, we are set for another ripper weekend of footy.

For the second week running, I correctly predicted seven of the nine clashes in the previous round. Of course, I’m extremely happy with that return. But I’m confident that my Round 20 AFL predictions will do even better.

Before we dive into my AFL predictions and picks for Round 20, let’s take a look at the latest AFL odds for the upcoming games.

AFL Odds for Round 20

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  • Fremantle (2.00) vs. Melbourne (1.80)
  • Collingwood (1.66) vs. Port Adelaide (2.20)
  • Sydney (1.18) vs. GWS Giants (4.75)
  • St Kilda (1.61) vs. Hawthorn (2.30)
  • Geelong (1.33) vs. Western Bulldogs (3.25)
  • Adelaide (2.70) vs. Carlton (1.47)
  • Gold Coast (1.12) vs. West Coast (6.00)
  • Richmond (1.80) vs. Brisbane (2.00)
  • Essendon (1.10) vs. North Melbourne (7.00)

Two teams are favored to win on the road this weekend. Melbourne is tipped to edge out Fremantle in Friday’s top-five clash, while Carlton is expected to make light work of struggling Adelaide.

The Round 20 AFL odds suggest that Sydney, Geelong, Gold Coast, and Essendon are the heavy home favorites this weekend. Collingwood, St Kilda, and Richmond are also favored to win on home soil in Round 20.

It’s time to go over my AFL predictions for Round 20. Once you’ve taken advantage of my AFL betting tips, be sure to check out my Round 20 AFL picks at the end of this piece.

Fremantle to Beat Melbourne

Fifth-place Fremantle trails second-place Melbourne by just two points on the AFL ladder. That said, the Demons have struggled for consistency in recent weeks – registering three wins and five losses across the past eight rounds.

On the flip side, the Dockers have lost just two of their previous eight outings. The Western Australians have also won six of their nine home games in 2022, so I’m backing them to beat Melbourne and Optus Stadium.

Collingwood to Beat Port Adelaide

Collingwood heads into Round 20 on a mammoth nine-game winning streak. The Magpies edged out Essendon by only four points last weekend, with Jamie Elliott kicking a goal after the siren to send the MCG into meltdown.

As a result, the Pies find themselves fourth – four points behind first-place Geelong and 20 points ahead of eleventh-place Port Adelaide. Since the Power has suffered three defeats across the past four rounds, Collingwood shouldn’t struggle to win this one.

Sydney to Beat GWS Giants

The gulf between the league’s Sydney rivals is vast right now, with sixth-place Sydney leading fifteenth-place GWS by 28 points. While the Swans have won 12 of their 18 games this season, the Giants have claimed just five victories in 2022.

Thanks to high-scoring victories over the Bulldogs, Dockers, and Crows, Sydney is on a three-game winning streak. By contrast, the Giants have lost each of their last three outings – and five of their previous six!

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Hawthorn to Beat St Kilda

Following a run of eight victories in ten games between March and May, St Kilda looked destined to secure a top-eight berth without any real problems. Since then, however, the Saints have suffered five defeats in seven clashes.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn has chalked up a three-game winning streak. Although the Hawks find themselves 12 points behind St Kilda, I expect them to carry their momentum into Round 20 and get the better of the struggling Saints.

Geelong to Beat Western Bulldogs

Having sealed 14 wins in 18 games this year, Geelong sits four points clear at the summit of the AFL ladder. Thanks to the goals of Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins, the Cats have won each of their previous nine games. Can anyone stop them?

The Bulldogs clinched a hugely impressive victory over Melbourne last weekend, coming from behind to win by ten points. Still, they remain 16 points behind Geelong. I expect the Dogs to give the Cats a run for their money, but I can’t see Geelong losing a game right now.

Carlton to Beat Adelaide

Charlie Curnow extended his lead atop the Coleman Medal leaderboard with four goals in Carlton’s 44-point win against GWS in Round 19. Consequently, the Blues remains eight points inside the top eight – and 28 points clear of Adelaide.


  • Charlie Curnow, Carlton (57)
  • Jeremy Cameron, Geelong (52)
  • Tom Hawkins, Geelong (49)
  • Peter Wright, Essendon (45)
  • Aaron Naughton, Western Bulldogs (44)

Not only have the Crows lost each of their last four games, but they have also lost ten of their previous 12. When you look at the bigger picture, they have suffered 13 defeats in 18 outings this year. Another loss is on the cards this weekend.

Gold Coast to Beat West Coast

What can I say about West Coast that hasn’t already been said? Having lost 16 of their 18 games this season, the Eagles find themselves level with last-place North Melbourne. Worse still, they have the poorest defensive record in the comp.

Granted, the Suns have been wildly unpredictable of late – registering five wins and five losses across the past ten rounds. But they shouldn’t struggle to keep their finals hopes alive with an easy win over lowly West Coast.

Brisbane to Beat Richmond

The Lions cemented their status as the best offense in the league with another high-scoring victory over Gold Coast last weekend. As a result, Brisbane is one of three teams on 52 points behind the first-place Cats, who have 56 points to their name.

Meanwhile, Richmond’s top-eight dreams took a dent in last weekend’s draw with Fremantle. The Tigers have managed to win just one of their previous five games, so I’m confident that Brisbane will secure a third straight victory this weekend.

Essendon to Beat North Melbourne

The Kangaroos FINALLY picked up their second win of the season in Round 18, beating Richmond by four points. But they swiftly returned to losing ways in the previous round, conceding 121 points in a 46-point defeat to Hawthorn.

As for the Bombers, they have won four of their last six outings. Having dispatched St Kilda, Sydney. Brisbane, and Gold Coast in recent weeks, Essendon will be confident of downing North Melbourne on Sunday.

Top AFL Picks for Round 20

Now that you’ve had my Round 20 AFL predictions, it’s time to check out my recommended AFL picks for Round 20. If you want to turn my AFL tips into wagers, be sure to use only the best Aussie Rules betting sites.

Collingwood vs. Port Adelaide – Collingwood to Win1.66
Sydney vs. GWS Giants – Sydney (-30.5)1.90
Gold Coast vs. West Coast – Gold Coast (-35.5)1.90
Richmond vs. Brisbane – Brisbane to Win2.00

I’m more than happy to back Collingwood and Brisbane to win in Round 20. The Magpies have won each of their past nine games, while Brisbane’s odds of 2.00 are too tasty to ignore.

With Sydney and Gold Coast priced at 1.18 and 1.12, respectively, I recommend throwing a couple of handicaps into the mix. I’m confident that both Sydney and Gold Coast will cruise to victory this weekend.

I hope you enjoyed my AFL betting tips for Round 20. Be sure to tune in next week for my Round 21 AFL predictions and picks.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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