WEST COAST EAGLES V ESSENDON BOMBERS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – JUNE 20 – 6:10 PM AWST, 8:10 PM AEST
The shortened AFL Round 14 gets underway on Thursday night when West Coast hosts Essendon in a match containing two sides in strong form.
West Coast comes into this match freshened up after last weekend’s bye, which came at the right time given their 5 game winning run came to an end when they lost to the lowly Sydney Swans by a comprehensive 45 points. Prior to that, they had beaten the Suns, Saints, Dees and Crows all be less than 4 goals, before hammering the Bulldogs by 61 points.
Essendon bring winning form into this game, given they scored a 41 point victory over the last placed Carlton and by 19 points over Hawthorn last week. Both victories came either side of a bye. The Bombers have now won 6 of their last 10 games to move up to within a victory from the top 8.
Essendon have won their last two games against West Coast.
Eagles: Oscar Allen, Tom Barrass, Patrick Bines, Harry Edwards, Shannon Hurn, Fraser McInnes, Nic Naitanui, Willie Rioli, Nathan Vardy, Daniel Venables, Elliot Yeo.
Bombers: Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Orazio Fantasia, Kobe Mutch, Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith, James Stewart, Jake Stringer.
Milestones: Jack Redden will play his 200th career game.
SYDNEY SWANS V HAWTHORN HAWKS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 21 – 7:50 PM
This match could prove to be one of the trickier footy tips in Round 14 given the Swans are at home against Hawthorn, who are placed higher on the ladder.
Sydney’s season got off to a poor start, where they won just 1 of their opening 7 games, but have turned their form around since, winning 3 of their last 5 games, against Essendon and North Melbourne both by 5 points and then West Coast by 45 points. Their two losses were close encounters against top sides Collingwood and Geelong. Last weekend they had a bye.
The Hawks form has taken a downward turn in recent weeks, resulting in 3 losses in their last 4 games. Their attack has been struggling to kick into gear, as they’ve scored an average of 71 points across their last 6 games. They’ll be hoping the bye last week will help them reset and get back into the winners circle.
The last 5 games between these two sides have all been decided by less than 10 points. Hawthorn have won 4 of those games, including the last match.
Swans: Harry Cunningham, Robbie Fox, Will Hayward, Kieren Jack, Zak Jones, Josh Kennedy, Matthew Ling, Jack Maibaum, Jarrad McVeigh, Sam Naismith, Colin O’Riordan, Nick Smith, Jackson Thurlow, Durack Tucker.
Hawks: Grant Birchall, Darren Minchington, Tom Mitchell, Tim Mohr, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Scrimshaw, Chad Wingard.
Milestones: Callum Sinclair will play his 100th career game.
MELBOURNE DEMONS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 22 – 1:45 PM
AFL Round 13 tips for this game will be hard to make given the injury toll for both sides, form and home ground advantage.
Melbourne has had a poor season so far, winning just 3 of their 12 games so far this year. After they won back-to-back tight games against Hawthorn by 5 points and then the Suns by 1 point, the Dees have gone on to lose to West Coast by 16, Giants by 26, Crows by 2 and then the Pies by 41 before having a bye last weekend.
The Dockers are currently sitting in 6th place on the ladder and are in good form too, having won all of their last 3 games. They started with a 1 point victory over Brisbane, then they beat Collingwood by 4 points. They had a bye before last weekend’s 21 point victory over Port Adelaide.
Melbourne won the last match between these two sides.
Demons: Sam Frost, Neville Jetta, Corey Maynard, Jake Melksham, Aaron Nietschke, Joel Smith, Tim Smith, Tom Sparrow, Aaron Vandenberg, Guy Walker.
Dockers: Sean Darcy, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Shane Kersten, Rory Lobb, Alex Pearce, Aaron Sandilands, Sam Sturt, Matt Taberner, Luke Valente.
Milestones: Michael Hibberd will play the 50th game for his club.
ST.KILDA V BRISBANE LIONS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 22 – 4:35 PM (AEST)
This match will prove to be the toughest of the AFL Footy Tips in Round 14 to make, given both sides have the same form over the last 4 weeks and are separated by just 1 win.
St.Kilda have struggled for consistency all year and that is best seen by their last 4 matches. They lost to Collingwood by 41 points, then beat Carlton by 13 points in a low scoring game, were thumped by Port Adelaide by 70 points, had a bye and then last weekend they overcome the Suns to win by 4 points.
Brisbane too have been very inconsistent, failing to put back-to-back victories together for almost 2 months now. Their victories over Sydney, Adelaide and Hawthorn were all on home soil and were followed up by losses. They lost their Round 12 game to the last placed Carlton.
St.Kilda have won their last 4 games over Brisbane.
Saints: Logan Austin, Jack Bytel, Jake Carlisle, Jarryn Geary, Billy Longer, Jack Lonie, Paddy McCartin, Ed Phillips, Lewis Pierce, Dylan Roberton, Sam Rowe, Jack Steele, Jack Steven, Jimmy Webster.
Lions: Marcus Adams, Zac Bailey, Jarrod Berry, Tom Cutler, Ely Smith.
Milestones: Allen Christensen needs 1 goal to reach 100 for his career.
David Armitage needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Eric Hipwood needs 3 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
PORT ADELAIDE POWER V GEELONG CATS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 22 – 7:10 PM ACST, 7:40 PM AEST
AFL Round 14 odds for this match are leaning towards a comfortable victory for the visiting Geelong side.
Port Adelaide have struggled to nail down solid form for several weeks now. They lost to Adelaide by 20, beat the Suns by 38, lost to Hawthorn by 31, hammered St Kilda by 70 and then lost to Fremantle by 21 last weekend, after having a bye the week before.
The Geelong Cats are sitting at the top of the ladder, having won all but one of their 12 games played so far in 2019. Their sole loss came in Round 4, when they went down to GWS by 4 points. Since then, Geelong have won 8 straight games and are now 2 wins clear of the rest of the competition.
Geelong have won 18 of their last 20 games against Port Adelaide, including the last 4 straight.
Power: Brad Ebert, Billy Frampton, Sam Hayes, Jack Patmore, Tom Rockliff, Jack Trengove, Jack Watts.
Cats: Nakia Cockatoo, Jordan Cunico, Lachie Henderson, Sam Menegola, Quinton Narkle, Esava Ratugolea.
Milestones: Cameron Guthrie will play his 150th club and career game.
Harry Taylor will play his 240 club and career game.
WESTERN BULLDOGS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 23 – 3:20 PM AEST
AFL Round 13 comes to a close on Sunday afternoon, when the lowly Bulldogs take on the high-flying Magpies, in what threatens to be a lopsided contest.
The Bulldogs come into this clash off the back of a hard-fought 3 point win over the last placed Carlton Blues last Saturday. The victory came after three straight losses, which saw them drop out of the top 8 and well down the table.
The Magpies sit in third place on the table having won 9 of their 12 games this year. They had a bye last week, but prior to that they beat Melbourne 98-57, as they bounced back from a 4 point lost to Freo the week before.
Collingwood have won their last two encounters against the Western Bulldogs.
Bulldogs: Hayden Crozier, Taylor Duryea, Dale Morris, Fergus Greene, Mitch Wallis, Josh Schache, Lukas Webb.
Magpies: Taylor Adams, Flynn Appleby, Dayne Beams, Lynden Dunn, Jamie Elliott, Brodie Grundy, Will Kelly, Tom Langdon, Nathan Murphy, Sam Murray, Daniel Wells.
Milestones: Easton Wood will play his 150th club and career game.
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