WEST COAST EAGLES V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JULY 12 – 6:10 PM AWST, 8:10 PM AEST
The AFL Round 17 gets underway on Friday with a cracking top-of-the table clash between the second placed West Coast and the third placed Collingwood.
After winning 3 of their opening 6 games, West Coast have really lifted to go on and win all bar one of their last nine games, to surge up the ladder into second place. They come into this game having won all of their last three matches. They beat Essendon by 35 points, Hawthorn by a goal and last weekend they annihilated Freo 122-31.
The Pies hot form of last month has seemingly disappeared as they’ve now lost their last two matches against North Melbourne 81-37 in a very dismal performance, before following up with a 4 point loss to Hawthorn. They’ve now dropped down to third on the ladder and are 2 wins away from the top-of-the-table Geelong. Another loss here could potentially see them drop another places on the ladder.
West Coast has won their last 4 matches against the Magpies, including their most recent encounter in Round 3 this year.
Eagles: Tom Barrass, Jarrod Brander, Patrick Bines, Harry Edwards, Mark Hutchings, Jack Petruccelle, Nathan Vardy, Daniel Venables.
Magpies: Taylor Adams, Dayne Beams, Lynden Dunn, Tyson Goldsack, Levi Greenwood, Jeremy Howe, Will Kelly, Tom Langdon, Nathan Murphy, Sam Murray, Ben Reid, Jaidyn Stephenson, Josh Thomas, Daniel Wells.
Milestones: Ben Reid will play his 150th club and career game.
SYDNEY SWANS V CARLTON BLUES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 13 – 1:45 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 17 show that this will be a much more keenly contested match than many would’ve expected a month ago.
The Swans winning streak over recent weeks ended at 3 last weekend. After beating The Eagles by 45 points, Hawthorn by 19 and the lowly Suns by 42, the Swans were unable to overcome Essendon last weekend, going down by 10 points in a tight contest.
After going 59 games from mid-2016 til early-2019 without reaching triple figures once in a game, Carlton, have managed to achieve the feat twice in their last 3 games and 3 times this year. Since changing coaches their attack has been immensely improved, as they scored a 78-63 win over Brisbane, a 103-100 loss to the Bulldogs, and a 79-75 victory over Freo before last weekend’s narrow 105-100 loss to the Dees. Over their last 4 games, only 4 teams have scored more points than the Blues, Brisbane, Eagles, North and Richmond.
Sydney has won their last 3 games against Carlton and 29 of their last 36 clashes.
Swans: Darcy Cameron, Harry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, Jack Maibaum, Jarrad McVeigh, Sam Naismith, Callum Sinclair, Nick Smith, Durak Tucker.
Blues: Patrick Cripps, David Cunningham, Charlie Curnow, Sam Docherty, Harry McKay, Cam Polson, Liam Stocker, Tom Williamson.
Milestones: Lance Franklin will play his 300th game.
Zac Fisher will play his 50th club and career game.
Ryan Clarke will play his 50th career game.
HAWTHORN HAWKS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 13 – 2:10 PM
AFL Round 17 Preview for this match suggests we could be in for another gripping contest. A win by Freo keeps them in the top 8 picture, while a win for Hawthorn will see them remain in finals contention.
Hawthorn ended their run of horror form, which saw them drop out of the top 8 and into the bottom 5 on the ladder. Last weekend the Hawks scored an impressive 4 point victory over the then second placed Collingwood, by just 4 points.
Since beating Port Adelaide after the bye, the Dockers have lost all 3 matches in what have been, simply put, atrocious performances. They lost to the third last Dees by 14 points, then lost to the last placed Carlton by 4 points at home and last weekend they kicked just 2 majors as they went down 122-31 against West Coast.
Hawthorn have dominated their matchups against Fremantle, ever since the Dockers inception, winning 27 of the 35 games played. The Hawks have won their last 5 straight matches against Fremantle.
Hawks: Changkuoth Jiath, Tom Micthell, Tim Mohr, Marc Pittonet, Jarryd Roughead, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Scrimshaw, Ben Stratton, Chad Wingard.
Dockers: Harley Bennell, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan, Shane Kersten, Rory Lobb, Lloyd Meek, Alex Pearce, Aaron Sandilands, Matt Taberner.
Milestones: Aaron Sandilands needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his career.
ESSENDON BOMBERS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 13 – 4:35 PM AEST
AFL Round 17 tips are going to be very tough to pick in this battle for the top 8 between 9th placed Essendon and 10th placed North Melbourne.
The Bombers have won 4 of their last 5 games, starting with the infamous 74-33 win over Carlton which resulted in Carlton appointing a new coach. They then beat Hawthorn by 19, lost to West Coast by 35 and then beat GWS by 1 goal and the Swans last weekend, to the tune of 76-66.
North Melbourne’s form line coming into this match is identical to Essendon’s over the last 5 games. After beating the Dogs by 25 points, North scored a 37 points win over Richmond and a 27 point win over the Suns before going down to GWS by 23. The Roos hit back with an emphatic 81-37 victory over Collingwood before last weekend’s 39 point win over the Saints.
Essnedon won the last clash between these two sides.
Bombers: Patrick Ambrose, Tom Bellchambers, Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Matt Guelfi, Devon Smith, James Stewart, Jake Stringer.
Kangaroos: Taylor Garner, Aaron Hall, Kyron Hayden, Shaun Higgins, Ben Jacobs, Tom McKenzie, Tom Murphy, Bailey Scott, Dom Tyson, Ed Vikers-Willis, Will Walker, Tom Wilkinson, Mason Wood.
Milestones: Dylan Shiel will play his 150th career game.
Jy Simpkin will play his 50th club and career game.
GOLD COAST SUNS V ADELAIDE CROWS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 13 – 7:25 PM
AFL Round 16 tips for this match are heavily pointing towards an Adelaide victory against the last placed Gold Coast Suns.
The Suns had three straight wins, all by less than a goal, to sit inside the top 4 on the ladder. However since then, their form has fell off a cliff as they have gone on to lose all of their last 11 games. While for the most part they have been in the contest, week to week, last weekend they were smashed by Richmond 150-58.
The Crows are clinging to eighth place on the ladder despite losing their last two games, firstly to the top of the ladder Geelong by 27 points and then last weekend against Port by 101-44. Prior to these losses, they won three straight games against the Dees, GWS and Richmond.
Adelaide has won all 12 of their games against the Suns.
Suns: Callum Ah Chee, Ben Ainsworth, Jack Bowes, Sam Collins, Sam Fletcher, Nick Holman, Sean Lemmens, Josh Schoenfeld, Rory Thompson, Harrison Wigg.
Crows: Toe Doedee, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Tom Lynch, Ned McHenry, Myles Poholke.
Milestones: Aaron Young will play his 100th career game.
Alex Sexton needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Eddie Betts needs 1 goal to reach 300 for his club.
GEELONG CATS V ST.KILDA PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 13 – 7:25 PM AEST
This game is expected to be one of the easier footy tips Round 16 to pick, given the Cats are on the top of the ladder and the Saints are running fourth last.
Geelong have won 12 games and lost just 3 this year, however 2 of those 3 losses have been in their last 3 games. After the bye, Geelong lost to Port Adelaide by 11 points, then beat the Crows by 27 before going down last weekend to the Western Bulldogs 71-55.
St.Kilda were travelling well after 10 games, having won half their games, which saw them in the hunt for a finals place. However they’ve lost 4 of their last 5 games, where their sole victory was by 4 points against the last placed Suns. They’ve lost all of their last 3 games to the Lions, Tigers and Roos, all by at least 5 goals.
Geelong has won their last 2 games against the Saints, quite convincingly too.
Cats: Ryan Abbott, Nakia Cockatoo, Charlie Constable, Jordan Cunico, Patrick Dangerfield, Nathan Kreuger, Sam Menegola, Gary Rohan, Esava Ratugolea.
Saints: Logan Austin, Jack Bytel, Jarryn Geary, Dean Kent, Max King, Billy Longer, Jack Lonie, Paddy McCartin, Ed Phillips, Lewis Pierce, Dylan Roberton, Jack Steven, Jimmy Webster.
Milestones: Jack Newnes will play his 150th club and career game.
Lachie Henderson will play his 50th club game.
David Armitage needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
RICHMOND TIGERS V GWS GIANTS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 14 – 1:10 PM
AFL Round 16 preview for this match suggests that this could be very entertaining, as two top 8 sides clash, where the winner may well move into the top 4.
After the Tigers had 3 straight disappointing losses, they hit back with two good wins, which has seen them kick 39 goals in their last 2 games. They beat St.Kilda 103-70, where they kicked 16 goals, before annihilating the last placed Suns last weekend 150-58, kicking an immense 23 goals.
The GWS Giants were sitting in second place on the table after they belted the Suns by 83 points. But over the last 4 weeks the Giants suffered losses to the Crows by 21 points, the Bombers by a goal and the Lions by 20 points, while scoring a solitary win over the Roos by 23 points. This has seen them drop down to 5th on the table, where a loss here could see them fighting to stay in the top 8.
GWS has won their last 2 games against Richmond.
Tigers: Luke English, Callum Moore, Toby Nankervis, Marlion Pickett, Alex Rance, Jack Riewoldt, Jack Ross, Fraser Turner.
Giants: Aidan Corr, Matt de Boer, Lachlan Keeffe, Xavier O’Halloran, Jonathan Patton, Tommy Sheridan, Zach Sproule, Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield.
Milestones: Brett Deledio needs 4 goals to reach 200 for his career.
WESTERN BULLDOGS V MELBOURNE DEMONS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 14 – 3:20 PM
AFL Round 16 tips are a little tricky for this match, as both sides are outside the top 8 but are coming off a win last weekend.
The Bulldogs have won 3 of their last 4 games to get themselves back into the finals hunt. After the bye, they’ve had a 3 point win over a revamped Carlton, went down narrowly to the then-second placed Magpies by 9 points, beat the top 8 side Port Adelaide by 25 points and last weekend, the Dogs beat the competition leaders Geelong by 16 points.
Melbourne come into this match after scoring a hard fought victory over Carlton by 5 points. It was their second victory in 3 weeks after they had beaten Fremantle by 14 points. Both wins came either side of a 33 point loss to the Brisbane Lions.
Melbourne has won their last 3 encounters with the Western Bulldogs.
Bulldogs: Caleb Daniel, Ryan Gardner, Billy Gowers, Fergus Greene, Tom Liberatore, Lukas Webb, Lewis Young.
Demons: Kade Chandler, Jeff Garlett, Max Gawn, Neville Jetta, Kade Kolodjashnij, Declan Kelty, Jake Lever, Jake Melksham, Aaron Nietschke, Joel Smith, Tom Sparrow, Billy Stretch, Aaron Vandenberg, Guy Walker.
Milestones: Toby McLean needs 1 tackle to reach 300 for his club and career.
PORT ADELAIDE POWER v BRISBANE LIONS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 14 – 4:10 PM ACST, 4:40 PM AEST
AFL Round 16 Preview for this final match of the round shows that another game is set to be keenly fought and could go down to the wire.
Port Adelaide has been consistently inconsistent of recent weeks. They lost to the Crows, beat the Suns, lost to Hawthorn, hammered the Saints, lost to Freo, beat the top of the table Geelong, lost to bottom 8 side the Bulldogs before dishing out a 57 point hiding to Adelaide last weekend.
The Lions are in good form at present, having won all of their last 3 games after they suffered a shock 15 point loss to the Blues, who were sitting last on the ladder at the time. They’ve bounced back to record 3 emphatic victories over St.Kilda 115-59, Melbourne 107-74 and last weekend they beat top 4 side GWS 94-74.
Brisbane won their last game against Port, ending a run of 5 straight losses against them.
Power: Jake Patmore, Kai Pudney, Jack Trengove, Jack Watts.
Lions: Connor Ballenden, Tom Cutler, Oscar McInerney.
Milestones: Charlie Cameron will play his 100th career game.
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