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AFL Week 3 Finals Fixtures and Preview - Your guide to the AFL Preliminary Finals

Adam Cusworth 20 Sep 2018
  • What games are taking place in the third week of the AFL Finals? Find out here.

We are down to the penultimate weekend of the 2018 AFL season and the first of the two Preliminary Finals will be played on Friday September 21 when Richmond take on Collingwood at the MCG. 

The two inner Melbourne based sides with the massive supporter bases will be going all out to book a Grand Final spot and a crowd of almost 100,000 fans is expected to turn up for the clash that gets underway at 7.50PM. 

Richmond have been posted as the $1.40 favourites in the early head to head betting with BetEasy, while Collingwood are at the $3 quote. 

The Tigers were the better performed of the two sides over the course of the home and away season, qualifying in 1st position with 18 wins, while Collingwood claimed 15 victories on their way to finishing 3rd. 

Last years premiers, Richmond, have had one final to date, defeating Hawthorn by 31 points in the Qualifying Final, while Collingwood lost their Qualifying Final to West Coast by 16 points before scraping through their sudden death Semi Final against GWS by 10. 

Richmond head in with a fresh list, courtesy of the week off, while Collingwood will have had just six days recover from the Giants game. 

On Saturday, the action heads to Perth, where the West Coast Eagles play host to Melbourne at Perth Stadium. That clash gets underway at 1.20PM AWST or 3.20PM AEST. 

West Coast earned the right to host the Preliminary Final after defeating Collingwood early on in the finals series. The Eagles finished the home and away season in 2nd position, thus earning the double chance and setting up a home Prelim, courtesy of their 16 point win over the Magpies. 

Adam Simpson's men made the Grand Final as recently as 2015 and have won 17 of their 23 games this season. They are slight favourites for the Preliminary Final and have been installed as the $1.80 quote in early markets with BetEasy, while Melbourne are $2. 

The Demons enjoyed a 16 point win over West Coast as recently as Round 22 and that game was played at Perth Stadium, however, it should be noted that the Eagles were without Josh Kennedy that day, while Jack Darling went down early. 

A win for Melbourne will take them one step closer to a premiership, which would end the longest drought in AFL. It has been 54 years since the Demons last saluted. The winner of the Eagles and Demons clash will take on either Richmond or Collingwood in the Grand Final. 

WEEK 3 FINALS FIXTURE (All times AEST and betting odds courtesy of BetEasy)

First Preliminary Final

Friday September 21 at 7:50pm at the MCG

Richmond ($1.40) v Collingwood ($3)

Second Preliminary Final

Saturday September 22 at 3:20pm at Optus Stadium

West Coast Eagles ($1.80) v Melbourne ($2)


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