WEST COAST EAGLES V ESSENDON BOMBERS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 5 – 6:10 PM AWST, 8:10 PM AEST
The 2019 AFL Finals series gets underway on Thursday night when 5th placed West Coast do battle with the 8th placed Bombers.
West Coast finished the season in fifth place, just 1 win behind minor premiers Geelong. The Eagles finished the season ranked fifth in attack and sixth in defence. In their last 10 games, West Coast won 7 games against Essendon by 35 points, Hawthorn by 6, Freo by 91, Melbourne by 13, Kangaroos by 49, Carlton by 24 and Adelaide by 10. They have lost their last two games coming into the finals, against Richmond by a goal and then the last weekend of the regular season’s heavy 38 point loss to Hawthorn.
Essendon managed to just hang onto their place in the top 8 last weekend. They are ranked 13th in attack and 12th in defence. They’ve won 6 of their last 10 games, however their attack has been struggling horribly over their last 4 clashes. They lost to Port 126-67 and the Bulldogs 137-33 before beating the Dockers 87-55. On their last weekend they lost to Collingwood 76-65, giving them an average score over the last 4 weeks of 63.
West Coast won the last encounter between these two sides.
Eagles: Jarrod Brander, Mark Hutchings, Nic Naitanui, Josh Smith, Daniel Venables.
Bombers: Zac Clarke, Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Orazio Fantasia, Aaron Francis, Martin Gleeson, Noah Gown, Matt Guelfi, Dyson Heppell, Cale Hooker, Michael Hurley, Irving Mosquito, Kobe Mutch, Devon Smith, James Stewart, Jake Stringer, David Zaharakis.
Milestones: Luke Shuey will play his 200th club and career game.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES PREDICTION
FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 6 – 7:50 PM AEST
AFL Finals prediction for this match are going to be hard to make, given the Cats see-sawing form and the Pies strong form now after a poor run over a month ago.
Geelong finished the season as Minor Premiers, equal on competition points with Brisbane and Richmond. Geelong rank second in attack and first in defence. After winning 11 of their opening 12 games, Geelong have failed to win back-to-back games since Round 12. Their last 3 games have seen them perform at their best since the bye. They beat North Melbourne 69-14, went down to the then top side Brisbane by just 1 point all before hammering Carlton 129-61 on the last weekend before the finals, in their best performance in almost 3 months.
Collingwood spent most of the year around the top 4 on the table, so it was fitting that they moved into 4th place after the last game of the regular season. Collingwood rank 7th in attack and an impressive second in defence. The Pies defence has been in peak form across their last four games, which they won. They beat the Suns 120-51, Dees 70-53, Crows 114-48 and then Essendon 76-65.
Geelong have won their last 3 straight games against Collingwood.
Cats: Tom Atkins, Jordan Clark, Nakia Cockatoo, Jordan Cunico, Lachie Fogarty, Jake Kolodjashnij, Stefan Okunbor.
Magpies: James Aish, Dayne Beams, Mason Cox, Jordan De Goey, Lynden Dunn, Will Kelly, Tom Langdon, Darcy Moore, Sam Murray, Isaac Quaynor, Ben Reid, Matt Scharenberg, Steele Sidebottom, Brayden Sier, Josh Thomas.
Milestones: Scott Pendlebury will play his 300th club and career game.
Ben Reid will play his 150th club and career game.
Taylor Adams will play his 100th club game.
James Aish will play his 50th club game.
Adam Treloar needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his career.
GWS GIANTS V WESTERN BULLDOGS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 7 – 3:20 AEST
AFL Finals Preview for this match will see the indifferent form of the Giants and Dogs make for a very tricky battle.
The Giants are a top outfit but have struggled to hold down consistent form for much of the year. They still managed to lock down 6th place on the table, ranked 4th in attack and 5th in defence. Their attack has been struggling ever since they hammered Collingwood 122-75 in Round 18. They scored 56 in their 1 point win over Port, 83 in their 2 point win over the Swans, a woeful 29 against Hawthorn, 65 in their 61 point loss to the Bulldogs before finally righting the ship in the last round with a 127-55 win over the last placed Suns.
Unlike the Giants, the Bulldogs attack has been humming along brilliantly in their last three games. They hammered the Bombers 137-33, the Giants 126-65 and then the Crows 121-87, for a 3-game average score of 128-62. The Dogs finished the regular season in 7th place, with a ranking of third in attack and a less impressive thirteenth in defence.
The Bulldogs won the last clash between these two sides.
Giants: Stephen Coniglio, Brett Deledio, Matt Flynn, Toby Greene, Nick Haynes, Jacob Hopper, Zac Langdon, Jonathon Patton, Callan Ward.
Bulldogs: Caleb Daniel, Tory Dickson, Ryan Gardner, Fergus Greene, Lin Jong, Tom Liberatore, Dale Morris, Mitch Wallis.
Milestones: Bailey Dale will play his 50th club and career game.
Brett Deledio needs 3 goals to reach 200 for his career.
BRISBANE LIONS V RICHMOND TIGERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 7 – 7:25 PM
AFL Finals tips will be hardest to pick for this match between second and third place, as they two outfits have been the form sides for the past 2 months.
Brisbane had a brilliant 9 game winning streak which catapaulted them into first place, consisting of wins against Saints by 56 points, Dees by 33, GWS by 20, Power by 48, Roos by 12, Hawks by 27, Dogs by 18, Suns by 91 and Geelong by 1 point. Then in their last match of the regular season, they fell to Richmond 82-55 which ultimately cost them their minor premiership. The Lions finished the regular season as the best attacking side and seventh in defence.
After a somewhat inauspicious start to the season, Richmond finished in red hot form to hit the finals in the best form of all 8 remaining sides. They’ve now won all of their last 9 games against Saints, Suns, Giants, Power, Magpies, Dee’s, Carlton, West Coast and the Lions. Their attack ended up being ranked 6th best, while their defence was slightly better at fourth best.
Richmond have won their last 13 games against Brisbane.
Lions: Allen Christensen, Tom Joyce.
Tigers: Jack Higgins, Toby Nankervis, Alex Rance, Sydney Stack.
Milestones: Stefan Martin needs 3 disposals to reach 3000 for his career.
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