• The results from Round 1 of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition did little to boost our confidence in our tipping, but hope springs eternal, so we are going to have another go this week, confidently hopeful that we can get it right and pick not only the winners, but the spreads, too, so here goes.

    First up is Richmond v. Collingwood. The bookies think this will be a tight one, so we will go with the Tigers to win and cover the 2.5 points.

    Next is Adelaide v. Sydney at SCG. The Crows blew us up in Round 1 by being blown out by Hawthorn, so we are going with the Swans to win and cover the 4.5 points by which they are favoured.

    St. Kilda Saints v. Essendon Bombers is a tough one. As bad as the Saints are, the Bombers looked like they had just received a blood transfusion from an anemic Emu, so we will take the Bombers to win, but fail to cover the 22.5-point spread.

    Port beat Melbourne by 26 in Round 1, at the MCG, so we will take them for the win and the 30.5-point spread over Carlton at Adelaide.

    Geelong are favoured over Melbourne by 9.5. We pick the Dees and eliminate the spread from the picture.

    Despite being shocked by Brisbane in the opener, we will take West Coast on their home ground over GWS, for the win and to cover the 13.5-points by which they are favoured.

    North Melbourne are narrow, 2.5-point favourites over Brisbane at Marvel Stadium. The Lions absolutely killed West Coast, while the Roos stayed home when they were supposed to appear at Optus to play Fremantle. We’ll take the Lions for the win.

    Hawthorn are heavy favourites over Western Bulldogs at MCG. We take the Hawks to win and cover the 16.5-point spread.

    Finally, we’re backing Fremantle to dismantle Gold Coast and to cover the 25.5-point line.

    We will print these predictions, place them under our pillow in hopes the Footy Fairy will pay a visit and sprinkle our tip with Footy Fairy Dust, and also leave us a fiver.

    We will report at the conclusion of Round 2.

    Our guess should not be construed as betting advice or an enticement to bet on the AFL.