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Back-to-back wins for Hotshots? Get Alliance of American Football Week 7 tips

Leigh Copson 21 Mar 2019

Alliance of American Football predictions for Week 7 of the 2019 AAF season. Will the Orlando Apollos bounce back from their first defeat of the season, and can the Arizona Hotshots make it back-to-back victories to kick-start their postseason push? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

How Is The Postseason Shaping Up?

Before we take a look at the weekend ahead it makes sense to take a look at the postseason picture because it is beginning to take shape with six rounds of games already in the books.
Orlando may have suffered a first defeat of the season a week ago, but their 5-1 record is the best in the entire league and it means only a dramatic collapse from them and a sudden transformation in form from Atlanta or Memphis will deny them. In fact, the only real question when it comes to the Eastern Conference is who will win it, with the Birmingham Iron a game behind at 4-2. While the Eastern half of the Alliance is pretty much a lock, the Western Conference race looks set to go right down to the wire with three teams still firmly in the mix. The San Antonio Commanders are leading the way at 4-2 after a dominant victory last weekend, but the San Diego Fleet and Arizona Hotshots are hot on their heels at 3-3, while the Salt Lake Stallions are not completely out of it at 2-4. So who will boost their playoff push in Week 7? Read on for our tips…

Orlando Apollos at Atlanta Legends (Saturday 18:00 GMT)

The Orlando Apollos’ record finally has its first blemish after they fell to a 22-17 defeat at home to Arizona a week ago, but does anybody really expect this to be the start of some sort of epic collapse from them? Their league-best 5-1 record means they have pretty much secured a playoff place already and it is now merely a case of whether or not they can hold off the Birmingham Iron in the race to win the Eastern Conference. I believe they will and I expect them to help their cause this weekend. A road game on the back of a loss is not entirely ideal, but they could not have wished for a better game to have than a trip to Atlanta to face the 2-4 Legends. Orlando laid down a beating when these two teams met on opening weekend, and although the Legends have improved since then, last weekend’s 37-6 home defeat to San Antonio proves they still have a long way to go before they can be considered a contender. They were dominated on both sides of the football by the Commanders and I expect to see more dominance from a visiting team here as Orlando run away with this one to improve to 6-1.

Salt Lake Stallions at San Antonio Commanders (Sunday 00:00 GMT)

The San Antonio Commanders may not boast the best record in the league, but they are making a case to be the most complete package in the Alliance and if you were compiling power rankings after six weeks of the season you could make a case for them being ranked number one ahead of Orlando. Power rankings do not matter when it comes to the postseason picture though, and although San Antonio are leading the way in the Western Conference they are only one game ahead of San Diego and Arizona, and that means the slightest slip-up over the next few weeks could be costly. The good news for the Commanders is that, after playing four straight road games, three of their last four outings will be played at home in front of a large and raucous Alamodome crowd. I expect them to give those fans something to cheer this Saturday when the Salt Lake Stallions come to town. The Stallions did ease to victory over Memphis a week ago, but the Express have shown themselves to be the worst team in the league, miles behind the Commanders. Salt Lake are 0-3 on the road and I fully expect that to become 0-4 as San Antonio win the game and maintain top spot in the West.

San Diego Fleet at Arizona Hotshots (Sunday 20:00 GMT)

To say that Arizona needed a win a week ago would be an understatement. The pre-season favourites were in danger of sliding out of the postseason race after suffering three straight defeats, but they stopped the rot as they became the first team to beat the Orlando Apollos this season and the timing of that victory could not have been any better because they now face Western Conference rivals San Diego, who also boast a 3-3 record but occupy second place ahead of the Hotshots. The Fleet have been a model on inconsistency in recent weeks, sandwiching a home win over Salt Lake with disappointing defeats at the hands of Memphis and Birmingham, and that really does make their matches tough to call. On the one hand this is a team that can roll over San Antonio by 20 points, but on the other hand they can shoot themselves in the foot and lose to the worst team in the entire league in Memphis. You can say something similar about Arizona – this is a team that lost at home to Atlanta! Therefore I am going to ignore betting on the outcome of the contest and simply bet on points. San Diego score plenty of points but give up plenty of them too, so Over 39.5 Total Points screams ‘banker’ for Sunday night.

Birmingham Iron at Memphis Express (Monday 00:00 GMT)

These two teams met back in Week 1 and it made for ugly viewing if you were a Memphis fan. The Express were blown out 26-0 in that one, and while things have slightly improved since then, this is a team that is merely playing out their schedule and have become so desperate for a quarterback that they have turned to Johnny Manziel. ‘Johnny Football’ will not get the start on Sunday though, with Mike Singletary set to go with third-stringer Brandon Silvers, but even if Manziel was to start this one I would still be predicting the same outcome. Simply put, Birmingham are miles ahead of Memphis and they are playoff-bound. The Iron’s perfect start to the season was finally ended as they dropped back-to-back games in Weeks 4 and 5, but there was certainly no shame in losing to the best two teams in the league in San Antonio and Orlando. Birmingham bounced back with a victory at San Diego last weekend and I am confident that they will make it two-in-a-row here to take a massive step towards the playoffs.

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