COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V RICHMOND TIGERS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – JUNE 11 – 7:40 PM
AFL Round 2 finally gets underway on Thursday night with a cracking contest between heavyweight sides Collingwood and Richmond.
Collingwood won their opening match of the year back in March against the Western Bulldogs, coming home with a big 52 point victory before the coronavirus lockdown brought the AFL competition to a halt. The Pies currently sit second on the ladder.
Richmond opened the 2020 season back in mid-March with a comfortable 105-81 win over the lowly Carlton Blues. Richmond got out to a quick lead early, increased it at halftime and then cruised home in the third, despite the Blues bagging a few late majors.
Richmond scored a comfortable 98-66 victory the last time these sides met which was in Round 19, 2019. The Tigers have won 8 of their last 11 games against Collingwood.
Magpies: Dayne Beams, Mason Cox, Levi Greenwood, Tom Langdon, Ben Reid, Adam Treloar.
Tigers: Noah Cumberland, Bachar Houli.
Milestones: Richmond needs to score 50 points to reach 200,000 across their Premiership history.
GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 12 – 7:50 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 2 will be tight for this game with betting markets leaning towards a home victory for the Cats.
The Cats opened their 2020 campaign with a loss to last years Grand Finalists GWS, conceding a worrying 17 goals as they went down 105-73. They will hope to have used the lockdown period to reset and start over.
Hawthorn got their 2020 season off to a great start by beating the impressive Brisbane Lions 90-68. The Hawks trailed by 2 points after the first quarter, but bagged three straight goals to retake the lead, which they never lost. They scored 3 more late majors at the back end of the last term to run away with the result.
The last time these sides met was in Round 18 last year where Hawthorn scored a 4 goal victory at the MCG. It was their third win in 4 clashes against the Cats.
Cats: Nakia Cockatoo, Lachie Fogarty, Josh Jenkins, Jake Kolodjashnij, Stefan Okunbor, Jack Steven.
Hawks: Will Golds, Blake Hardwick, Dan Howe, Jarman Impey, Changkuoth Jiath, Jaeger O’Meara.
Milestones: Patrick Dangerfield will play his 250th career game.
Jaeger O’Meara will play his 50th club game.
BRISBANE LIONS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 13 – 1:45 PM
AFL Round 2 Preview for this encounter suggests the Lions should win this match without much concern.
Brisbane had a greatly improved 2019 season, but got off on the wrong foot in Round 1, 2020, as they went down to the Hawks 90-62, in a game where they never really got going in attack. The covid-19 lockdown meant the Lions didn’t get a chance to right their wrongs and have had to wait 3 months for their next game.
Fremantle has been languishing in the lower half of the ladder for a few seasons now, with their attack at times really struggling to fire. In their opening game this year, they were once again contained to a sub-60 score by the Bombers, however they only went down by a goal, which was most impressive.
Freo won the last clash between these sides by just one point, 73-72, back in Round 10 last year. The Dockers have won 10 of their last 12 games against the Lions.
Lions: Marcus Adams, Stefan Martin, Cam Rayner.
Dockers: Stefan Giro, Joel Hamling, Liam Henry, Alex Pearce, Sam Switkowski.
Milestones: Cam McCarthy needs 1 goal to reach 100 in his career. He will also play his 50th club game.
CARLTON BLUES V MELBOURNE DEMONS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 13 – 4:35 PM
AFL Round 2 tips are going to be a little tricky with this game, but ultimately leaning towards a Dees win.
The Blues has the arduous task of taking on competition heavyweights Richmond in the opening game of the year, however they were more competitive than many expected. While the Tigers ran away with a 4 goal victory, the margin was expected to be much wider. The Blues will take plenty of confidence from that performance.
The Dees opened their season with a long trip over to Perth and an even longer journey back, after they were comfortably beaten 78-51. Their attack is still struggling, but should fare better against a weaker side like Carlton.
Melbourne have won their last 5 games against Carlton, with the last being in Round 16 last year. On that occasion, the Dees won 105-100.
Blues: Charlie Curnow, Tom De Koning, Zac Fisher, Brodie Kemp, Matthew Kreuzer, Caleb Marchbank.
Demons: Marty Hore, Kade Kolodjashnij, Harry Petty, Braydon Preuss, Aaron Nietschke.
Milestones: Neville Jetta will play his 150th club and career game..
PORT ADELAIDE POWER V ADELAIDE CROWS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 13 – 7:40 PM
AFL Round 2 tips for this match suggest a win for Port, but nothing is certain in this local derby.
Port Adelaide had a comfortable start to 2020 as they came up against perennial battlers, the Gold Coast Suns. While the Power didn’t run up a cricket score, they did keep the Suns to a paltry 29 points. That defence will be vital against the Crows.
The Crows opened their season at home against the visiting Sydney Swans and raced out to a 3 goal lead at the first break, before conceding 4 straight goals in the space of 8 minutes to trail by 8 at halftime. 2 late goals in the final minutes saw the Crows close the margin to just 3 points, but they couldn’t find one more.
Power scored a big win in their last clash with the Crows in Round 16, 2019, winning 101-44. It was their second win over the past 9 games against Adelaide.
Power: Riley Bonner, Tobin Cox, Charlie Dixon, Willem Drew, Mitch Georgiades, Robbie Gray, Scott Lycett.
Crows: Tom Doedee, Riley Knight, Tyson Stengle.
Milestones: Tom Rockliff needs to kick 4 goals to reach 100 for his career.
Brad Ebert needs to kick 3 goals to reach 100 for his club.
GOLD COAST SUNS V WEST COAST EAGLES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 13 – 7:40 PM
This game is expected to be one of the easier footy tips Round 2 to pick.
The Suns had an impressive start to 2019, notching narrow wins over Freo in Round 2, the Dogs in Round 3 and the Blues in Round 4, placing them inside the top 8 after 4 rounds. But then they lost all of their remaining 18 games to finish dead last. Their start to 2020 continued their end of season form from last year, as they went down 76-29 to Port Adelaide.
The Eagles are one of the better teams in the competition, but are known to go hot and cold a few times every year. They started 2020 on the right foot with a tidy 78-51 victory over Melbourne, with plenty of room for improvement.
The Suns have had just 1 win from 11 games against the Eagles. West Coast won the last clash in Round 7, 2019 to the tune of 80-57.
Suns: Anthony Miles, Izak Rankine, Mitch Riordan, David Swallow.
Eagles: Jarrod Cameron, Mark Hutchings, Mitch O’Neill, Daniel Venables.
Milestones: Tim Kelly will play his 50th career game. He also needs 1 goal to reach 50 for career.
GWS GIANTS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 14 – 1:05 PM
AFL Round 2 preview for this match suggests that the 2019 Grand Finalists GWS will stroll home with the win.
After their dismal showing in the Grand Final, the Giants look more determined already in 2020, even after just one game. In Round 1, they bagged 17 goals against a strong Geelong side, cruising to a 32 point victory. They kicked the opening goal after 89 seconds and never lost the lead.
The Kangaroos opened the year with a 2 point victory over a gallant St.Kilda outfit who were leading by 4 goals early in the third term. But the Roos rallied to kick 6 goals to 1 to sneak home with the victory.
Greater Western Sydney has won 3 of their last 4 contests against the Roos, including their most recent game in Round 13 last year, where the Giants won 91-68.
Giants: Matt Flynn, Zac Sproule, Tim Taranto, Callan Ward.
Kangaroos: Charlie Comben, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Majak Daw, Taylor Garner, Ben Jacobs, Nick Larkey, Flynn Perez, Kayne Turner, Ed Vickers-Willis, Marley Williams.
Milestones: Jasper Pittard will play his 150th career game.
Robbie Tarrant will play his 150th club and career game.
Phil Davis will play his 150th club game.
SYDNEY SWANS V ESSENDON BOMBERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 14 – 3:35 PM
AFL Round 2 tips for this match will prove to be yet another tough game to pick a winner for.
The Swans were very slow out of the blocks in 2019 and despite a midseason rally, they fell away to miss the finals by 4 wins. They opened 2020 in impressive fashion, travelling to Adelaide and beating the Crows by 3 points in a gripping contest. Back on home soil for this game, against the Don’s who struggled against Freo in Round 1 sees them favourites to win here.
Essendon did enough to sneak into the finals last year but failed to have much impact after falling 116-61 to West Coast in the elimination final. They opened 2020 with a tight 6 point victory over the lowly Dockers.
Essendon have won 2 of the last 3 games against the Swans, including their most recent encounter back in Round 16 last year, by 10 points.
Swans: Joel Amartey, Lance Franklin, Michael Knoll, Sam Naismith, Sam Reid, Ben Ronke, Jackson Thurlow.
Bombers: Sam Draper, Orazio Fantasia, Noah Gown, Dyson Heppell, Tom Hird, Lachie Johnson, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Mason Redman.
Milestones: Jacob Townsend will play his 50th career game.
ST.KILDA V WESTERN BULLDOGS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 14 – 6:05 PM
AFL Round 2 Preview for this final match of the round is set to see the Bulldogs come away with a close win.
St Kilda had one of the worst attacks in 2019 and not much changed when they kicked off 2020, failing to reach 60 points against the Roos, as they went down 56-54 after surrending a good lead in the second half.
The Bulldogs finished 2019 in 7th place, but were thumped in their elimination final 113-55 by GWS. They began 2020 with a tough opponent in Collingwood, however the Bulldogs never threatened, kicking just 5 goals in the 52 point loss.
St.Kilda won their last game against the Bulldogs 116-89 in Round 18 last year.
Saints: Darragh Joyce, Jack Steele.
Bulldogs: Taylor Duryea, Roarke Smith, Riley Garcia.
Milestones: Dan Hannebery needs to kick 2 goals to reach 100 for his career.