HAWTHORN HAWKS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JULY 5 – 7:50 PM
The AFL Round 16 gets underway on Friday with a seemingly lopsided bout between the second placed Collingwood and 15th placed Hawthorn.
Hawthorn were in the top 8 but have been stuck in a rut for the past 4 games, which has seen them lose three straight games by 19 points – to Brisbane, Essendon and Sydney. Last weekend they lost by just a goal against the West Coast Eagles.
The Pies hot form of past weeks has simmered down somewhat. They’ve won half of their last 4 games, where they had a loss to Freo by 4 points, then beat the Dees by 41 and the Dogs by 9. But then last weekend, the Magpies were destroyed by North Melbourne, going down 81-37, in a match that Collingwood should’ve won comfortably.
Hawthorn has won their last 2 games and 11 of their last 12 games against Collingwood.
Hawks: Changkuoth Jiath, Jacob Koschitzke, Tom Mitchell, Tim Mohr, Jack Scrimshaw, Ben Stratton, Mathew Walker, Chad Wingard.
Magpies: Taylor Adams, Dayne Beams, Lynden Dunn, Jamie Elliott, Tyson Goldsack, Jeremy Howe, Will Kelly, Tom Langdon, Nathan Murphy, Sam Murray, Isaac Quaynor, Jaidyn Stephenson, Daniel Wells, Rupert Wills, Tom Wilson.
Milestones: Luke Breust will play his 200th career and club game.
Ben McEvoy will play his 200th career game.
Ben Reid will play his 150th club and career game.
ESSENDON BOMBERS V SYDNEY SWANS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 6 – 1:45 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 16 show that this will be one of the tightest matches of the Round, as both sides will vie for a place in the top 8.
Essendon followed up their back-to-back victories over Carlton by 41 points and Hawthorn by 19 points, with a 6 goal loss to West Coast over in Perth. Last weekend though, they bounced back strongly to beat the high-flying Giants by 6 points.
The Swans were very slow out of the blocks this year, winning just 3 of their opening 11 matches. But they’ve really turned things around in the past month, to win all of their last 3 games – against the Eagles by 45, the Hawks by 19 and last weekend they beat the Suns by a comfortable 45 points.
Sydney has won 9 of their last 10 games against Essendon, including their last encounter in Round 8 this year.
Bombers: Patrick Ambroke, Tom Bellchambers, Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Matt Guelfi, Devon Smith, James Stewart, Jake Stringer.
Swans: Darcy Cameron, Harry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, Jack Maibaum, Jarrad McVeigh, Sam Naismith, Nick Smith, Durak Tucker.
Milestones: Lance Franklin will play his 300th career game.
Ryan Clarke will play his 50th career game.
GOLD COAST SUNS V RICHMOND TIGERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 6 – 2:10 PM
AFL Round 16 Preview for this match indicates that a return to good form last weekend by Richmond could see them romp home here against the last placed Suns.
The Suns and Tigers AFL Round 16 teams have plenty of players sitting in the injury ward. Gold Coast had a stellar start to the season, scoring 3 straight wins after losing their opening game. All of their opening 4 games were decided by less than a goal. Sadly they couldn’t kick on with it and have lost all of their 10 games since to sit at the bottom of the table. Last weekend they lost to Sydney by 7 goals.
Richmond scored a good 33 point win over St.Kilda last weekend, bringing an end to their 3 game losing streak, while also ensuring they maintain their place in the top 8. Last weekend they scored 103 points, which compared to the combined total of 105 points in their two games prior, shows that they have fixed their issues in attack.
The Tigers have won their last 4 straight games over the Suns.
Suns: Ben Ainsworth, Jack Bowes, Sam Collins, Sam Fletcher, Pearce Hanley, Sean Lemmens, Jordan Murdoch, Izak Rankine, Josh Schoenfeld, Rory Thompson, Harrison Wigg, Aaron Young.
Tigers: David Astbury, Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Luke English, Kane Lambert, Oleg Markov, Callum Moore, Toby Nankervis, Marlion Pickett, Alex Rance, Jack Riewoldt, Jack Ross, Jayden Short, Ivan Soldo, Fraser Turner.
Milestones: Aaron Young will play his 100th career game.
Dion Prestia will play his 50th club game.
Alex Sexton needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
ADELAIDE CROWS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 6 – 4:05 PM ACST, 3:35 PM AEST
AFL Round 16 tips are going to be very tough to pick in this Adelaide derby, with the Crows the slight favourites here.
Adelaide won three straight games, beating Melbourne by 2 points, the GWS Giants by 21 points and then Richmond by 33 points before having a bye. Then last weekend they went down to Geelong by 27 points in a game where their attack and defence both struggled.
Port Adelaide’s attack has been down over the last two weeks, however that has been softened by an improvement in their defence. In Round 14 the Power beat Geelong 67-56 in a magnificent performance, but followed it up last weekend with a 66-41 loss to the Bulldogs.
Adelaide has won their last 2 and 7 of their last 8 games against Port Adelaide.
Crows: Tom Doedee, Josh Jenkins, Tom Lynch, Ned McHenry, Wayne Milera.
Power: Karl Amon, Matthew Broadbent, Dougal Howard, Jake Patmore, Tom Rockliff, Jack Trengove, Jack Watts.
Milestones: Steven Motlop needs 12 disposals to reach 3000 for his career.
Brad Crouch needs 16 disposals to reach 2000 for his club and career.
WESTERN BULLDOGS V GEELONG CATS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 6 – 7:25 PM
AFL Round 16 tips for this match are in favour of Geelong, however the Bulldogs form has seen their chances improve somewhat.
The Bulldogs have been improved in their last 3 weeks, scoring wins over Carlton and Port Adelaide, by 25 points last weekend, either side of a 9 point loss to Collingwood. They are now within a win away from the top 8 and a win here could see them push for a top 8 place.
Geelong overcame their hoodoo after the bye, where they lost to Power by 11 points, by scoring a tidy 27 point victory last weekend over the Crows. They sit at the top of the ladder, having won all bar 2 of their 14 games so far this year.
Geelong won the last clash and 12 of their last 13 games against the Western Bulldogs.
Bulldogs: Billy Gowers, Tom Liberatore, Brad Lynch, Dale Morris, Fergus Greene, Mitch Wallis, Lukas Webb.
Cats: Nakia Cockatoo, Jordan Cunico, Lachie Henderson, Sam Menegola, Quinton Narkle, Gary Rohan, Esava Ratugolea.
Milestones: Hayden Crozier will play his 100th career game
Lachie Henderson will play his 50th club game.
FREMANTLE DOCKERS V WEST COAST EAGLES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 6 – 6:10 PM AWST, 8:10 PM AEST
This derby match will be another of the footy tips Round 16 that can prove to be quite tricky to pick, given both sides are in the top 8.
Fremantle were unable to capitalise on their run of three straight victories recently, against the Lions, Magpies and Power. Even worse, they lost two straight games against teams well down the ladder. They lost to Melbourne by 14 points and last weekend they lost to the last placed Carlton by 4 points.
West Coast have bene in stunning form since Round 7. They had wins against Suns, Saints, Dees, Crows and the Bulldogs before suffering a humbling 45 point loss to the Swans. They hit back with wins over Essendon and then last weekend they defeated Hawthorn by 6 points.
West Coast has won their last 8 straight games against Freo.
Dockers: Harley Bennell, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan, Shane Kersten, Rory Lobb, Alex Pearce, Aaron Sandilands, Matt Taberner.
Eagles: Tom Barrass, Patrick Bines, Harry Edwards, Jeremy McGovern, Daniel Venables.
Milestones: Darcy Tucker needs 4 tackles to reach 200 for his club and career.
CARLTON BLUES V MELBOURNE DEMONS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 7 – 1:10 PM
AFL Round 16 preview for this game shows it will be a tight contest, despite it being between two lowly placed sides on the table.
Carlton have lifted their form since replacing their coach. In Round 12 they beat Brisbane 78-63, then lost to the Bulldogs by just 3 points. They then had a bye before last weekends clash, where they defeated the Dockers by 4 points.
Melbourne has had just 1 victory since Round 9, when they beat Fremantle by 14 points. Last weekend they lost to Brisbane by 33 points. Over the course of the season, they’ve scored just 2 points more than the Blues, but have conceded 46 points more than them.
Melbourne has won their last 3 games against Carlton.
Blues: Sam Docherty, Liam Stocker, Tom Williamson.
Demons: Kade Chandler, Jeff Garlett, Michael Hibberd, Neville Jetta, Kade Kolojashnij, Declan Keilty, Jake Lever, Jake Melksham, Aaron Nietschke, Joel Smith, Tom Sparrow, Billy Stretch, Aaron Vandenberg, Guy Walker.
Milestones: Tom McDonald needs 4 goals to reach 100 for club and career.
NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS V ST.KILDA PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 7 – 3:20 PM
North Melbourne and St.Kilda will both be going to battle in a match where the winner will stay within striking distance of the top 8, while the loser will be 2 wins adrift.
The Kangaroos have really turned their season around in the last several weeks, winning 4 of their last 5 games. They beat the Dogs by 25 points, Tigers by 37 points and Suns by 27 points, before then going down to the Suns by 23. They then had a bye before last weekend’s magnificent display against the second place Collingwood, where the Roos won 81-37.
St.Kilda’s season has been quite good but it seems to be slipping away from them at the moment. They’ve won just 1 of their last 4 games to fall out of the top 8 and down to 14th. Their 3 losses have been heavy ones too, losing to Power by 70, Lions by 56 and last weekend, the Tigers by 33 points. Their only win was by 4 points against the currently last placed Suns.
North Melbourne has won their last 2 games against the Saints.
Kangaroos: Majak Daw, Aaron Hall, Shaun Higgins, Ben Jacobs, Jamie MacMillan, Tom McKenzie, Bailey Scott, Dom Tyson, Ed Vickers-Willis, Will Walker, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Wright.
Saints: Logan Austin, Jack Bytel, Jarryn Geary, Max King, Billy Longer, Jack Lonie, Paddy McCartin, Ed Phillips, Lewis Pierce, Dylan Roberton, Jack Steele, Jack Steven, Jimmy Webster, Brandon White.
Milestones: Jack Billings will play his 100th club and career game.
Shane Savage will play his 100th club game.
David Armitage needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
GWS GIANTS v BRISBANE LIONS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 7 – 4:40 PM AEST
AFL Round 16 comes to a close on Sunday afternoon, with a top 5 clash between the GWS Giants and the Brisbane Lions.
Both sides have won 3 of their last 5 games, however the Giants would be regarded as being more out-of-form. After hammering the Suns by 83 points, they lost to the Crows by 21, then beat North by 23. Last weekend they lost to the Bombers by 6 points.
Brisbane are in winning form, however their last three matches have been against teams at the bottom end of the ladder. They lost to Carlton by 15 points before beating St.Kilda by 56 and then last weekend, they beat the Demons by 33 points.
GWS has won their last 6 games against the Lions.
Giants: Jye Caldwell, Aidan Corr, Matt de Boer, Lachlan Keeffe, Xavier O’Halloran, Jonathon Patton, Zac Sproule, Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield.
Lions: Connor Ballenden, Jarrod Berry, Tom Cutler, Ely Smith.
Milestones: Lachie Neale will play his 150th career game.
Brett Deledio needs 4 goals to reach 200 for his career.
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