Round 5 AFL Predictions, Picks, and Tips – April 14-18, 2022
Round 5 of the 2022 AFL season kicks off this Thursday, April 14. Brisbane and Collingwood get the action underway at the Gabba, with Hawthorn and Geelong wrapping things up on Monday, April 18.
Boasting a 100% record, the Demons have picked up where they left off last season. At the opposite end of the AFL ladder, Port Adelaide – the only team without a win in 2022 – sits rocks bottom.
Keep reading to discover my AFL predictions for Round 5. Thanks to the best Aussie rules betting sites, you will also find my Round 5 AFL picks at the end of this post. What more could you ask for?
Brisbane to Beat Collingwood
Although the Lions suffered their first loss of the season last weekend, they remain in second place on the AFL ladder – thanks to their mammoth 148.2 percentage. Having won three of their first four games, they will be confident of returning to winning ways on Thursday.
Western Bulldogs to Beat North Melbourne
It is no secret that the Western Bulldogs have made a below-par start to the season. Indeed, the 2021 grand finalists have lost three of their four games this year. Fortunately for them, lowly North Melbourne is up next.
Sydney to Beat West Coast
Last weekend, the Eagles finally picked up their first win of the season. Following defeats to Gold Coast, North Melbourne, and Fremantle, they edged out Collingwood by 13 points. Still, West Coast sits eight points behind Sydney.
St Kilda to Beat Gold Coast
The Saints racked up their third successive victory in Round 4, crushing Hawthorn by 69 points. Max King, Tim Membrey, Jade Gresham, and Bradley Hill each kicked four goals. No player has booted more goals than King this year.
Richmond to Beat Adelaide
Richmond secured an impressive 38-point win against the Bulldogs last time out. Tom Lynch (4.0), Shai Bolton (2.3), and Jack Riewoldt (2.2) inflicted the bulk of the damage as the Tigers secured their second victory in three outings.
Melbourne to Beat GWS Giants
As we head into Round 5, the Demons are the only team without a loss to their name this season. Thanks to four straight wins over the Bulldogs, Gold Coast, Essendon, and Port Adelaide, the reigning minor premiers/premiers are on course to defend their crowns.
Carlton to Beat Port Adelaide
What has happened to Port Adelaide? The 2020 minor premiers finished just two points behind Melbourne in 2021 before reaching the preliminary finals. All of a sudden, they find themselves rock bottom of the ladder after suffering four straight losses.
At the opposite end of the AFL ladder, seventh-place Carlton leads the Power by 12 points. With 2021 Brownlow Medalist Ollie Wines sidelined due to a health scare, off-form Port Adelaide should be no match for high-flying Carlton.
Fremantle to Beat Essendon
Fremantle is sitting pretty in third place after picking up three wins across the opening four rounds. Following a victory over Adelaide, the Dockers lost to St Kilda before bouncing back with wins against West Coast and GWS.
Geelong to Beat Hawthorn
Tom Hawkins (5.3) was the star of the show as Geelong beat Brisbane by ten points last time out. Hawkins finds himself atop the Coleman Medal leaderboard after helping the Cats to win three of their first four clashes this year.
My AFL Picks for Round 5
Here are my recommended Round 5 AFL picks. If you like the look of these prices, why not head over to Betway to place your AFL bets? After all, Betway’s sportsbook always boasts excellent AFL odds.
Brisbane is priced at 1.20 to beat Collingwood (4.50). Since the Lions have already claimed three high-scoring victories this year, I can see them beating off-form Collingwood by at least 29 points on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Melbourne is priced at just 1.18 to beat GWS (4.75). If you want to enhance the odds, I recommend backing Melbourne to win by 25+ points. The Demons limited Port to 36 points last weekend, while the Giants suffered their third loss in four outings.
Although Essendon (1.83) is the bookmakers’ favorite to beat Fremantle (1.95), I’m backing the Dockers to secure their fourth victory in five games against the Bombers, who have lost three of their four outings this season.