ADELAIDE CROWS V ESSENDON BOMBERS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JULY 19 – 7:20 PM ACST, 7:50 PM AEST
AFL Round 18 preview gets underway on Friday night with a clash between 7th and 8th on the table over in Adelaide, between the Crows and the Bombers.
Adelaide’s form these past 4 weeks has been up and down like a cork in the ocean. They belted Richmond 101-68 before the bye, then got beat by competition leaders Geelong by 27 points. They then went down to Port Adelaide in a heavy loss 101-44, where the Crows kicked just 5 majors. Last weekend they bounced back emphatically with a dominating 95 point victory over the last placed Suns.
Since the bye, Essendon has been in solid form, winning 4 of their 5 games, including their last 3 straight. Those last three wins have all been closely fought contests. They beat GWS by a goal, the Swans by 10 points and last weekend they overcame a much improved North Melbourne side 86-81.
Essendon won their last clash against Adelaide, ending a 4 game run of losses against the Crows.
Crows: Toe Doedee, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jordan Galluci, Alex Keath, Tom Lynch, Ned McHenry, Myles Poholke, Daniel Talia.
Bombers: Patrick Ambrose, Tom Bellchambers, Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley, Irving Mosquito, Kobe Mutch, Devon Smith, James Stewart.
Milestones: Hugh Greenwood will play his 50th club and career game.
Riley Knight will play his 50th club and career game.
RICHMOND TIGERS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 20 – 1:45 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 18 will be a little tricky to pick for this match, however the Tigers do look to be the favoured pick.
Richmond come into this matchup having won all of their last three games, two of which were against sides outside the top 8, in St.Kilda by 103-70 and the Suns by a massive 150-58. Last weekend they got a test of their true form, coming up against GWS, where Richmond came away with a solid 94-67 victory.
Power have been rather erratic in recent times, especially in attack. They scored a great win over Geelong, but failed to get any momentum out of it as they went down to the Dogs the following week, kicking just 5 goals. They then booted 15 majors against the Crows in an emphatic 57 point win. Last weekend they were restricted to just 6 goals as they went down to the Lions by 48 points.
Richmond won their last game against Port Adelaide, in Round 4 this year.
Tigers: Noah Balta, Josh Caddy, Luke English, Callum Moore, Toby Nankervis, Marlion Pickett, Alex Rance, Jack Riewoldt, Jack Ross, Fraser Turner.
Power: Travis Boak, Tobin Cox, Riley Grundy, Jake Patmore, Jack Trengove, Jack Watts.
Milestones: Brad Ebert needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club.
CARLTON BLUES V GOLD COAST SUNS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 20 – 2:10 PM
AFL Round 18 Preview for this bottom of the table match would typically be seen as a dull clash, however the Blues have struck some tidy form of late while the Suns…just haven’t.
Ever since the Blues parted ways with their coach after their dismal Round 11 performance against Essendon, where they lost 74-33, Carlton’s form has improved dramatically. They followed up with a win against top 8 side Brisbane, were pipped by the Dogs by 3 points, then after the bye they beat Freo by 4 points, went down to the Dees by 5 and then last weekend they beat the Swans by 7 points.
The Suns had a good start to the season, winning 3 of 4 games, with all 4 matches decided by a goal or less. However they’ve lost all 12 games since and recent results indicate that they’re getting further away from their next win, not closer. They lost to Richmond 150-58 and last weekend went down to Adelaide 151-56. They’ve conceded 46 goals in 8 days.
The last time these sides met was in Round 4 this year. The Suns won by 2 points. It was their last win of the year.
Blues: Patrick Cripps, David Cunningham, Charlie Curnow, Sam Docherty, Caleb Marchbank, Harry McKay, Liam Stocker, Tom Williamson.
Suns: Callum Ah Chee, Ben Ainsworth, Jack Bowes, Sam Collins, Brayden Crossley, Sam Fletcher, Nick Holman, Jack Martin, Wil Powell, Josh Schoenfeld, Rory Thompson, Harrison Wigg, Aaron Young.
Milestones: Aaron Young will play his 100th career game.
Alex Sexton needs 1 goal to reach 100 for his club and career.
GWS GIANTS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES
SATURDAY – JULY 20 – 4:35 PM AEST
AFL Round 18 tips are going to be very tough to pick in this battle between the 6th placed Giants and the 2nd placed Magpies.
The Giants were sitting pretty in second place on the table after 11 rounds, but their form has gone south since. They lost to the Crows, Bombers, Lions and Tigers win just a solitary victory over North Melbourne in their last 5 games, which has seen them fall to sixth place on the ladder and at risk of dropping out of the top 8.
Collingwood’s form has been mixed of late as well. Since the bye they’ve beaten the Dogs by a tight 9 points. They were woeful against the Roos, kicking just 5 goals as they went down 81-37. They then lost to Hawthorn by 4 points. Last weekend they beat a strong West Coast side by just 1 point, despite kicking 1 goal less.
Essendon won the last clash between these two sides.
Giants: Stephen Coniglio, Aidan Corr, Isaac Cumming, Matt de Boer, Lachlan Keeffe, Josh Kelly, Shane Mumford, Xavier O’Halloran, Jonathan Patton, Tommy Sheridan, Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield.
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.
Brett Deledio needs 4 goals to reach 200 for his career.
BRISBANE LIONS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 20 – 7:25 PM
AFL Round 18 tips for this match are suggesting the Lions will be victorious, however the Kangaroos have been much better in recent weeks.
The Lions have won their last 4 games to move up into third place on the table and equal second on competition points. Their attack has been on song, as they’ve racked up some good scores over those weeks. They beat Saints 115-59, Dees 107-74, GWS 94-74 and last weekend they beat Port Adelaide 94-79.
Since Round 10, North Melbourne has won 5 of their 7 games to rise from second last on the table, up to 12th and just 2 wins shy of the top 8. They’ve beaten the Bulldogs, Tigers, Suns, Magpies and Saints. Their only losses came in Round 13 to GWS and last weekend against Essendon by just 5 points.
Brisbane won their last clash against North Melbourne, ending a run of 6 straight losses against the Roos.
Lions: Tom Cutler, Mitch Hinge, Eric Hipwood.
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: Daniel Rich will play his 200th club and career game.
Jarrod Berry will play his 50th club and career game.
Jed Anderson will play his 50th club game.
FREMANTLE DOCKERS V SYDNEY SWANS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JULY 20 – 6:10 PM AWST, 8:10 PM AEST
This game is expected to be yet another tough footy tips Round 18 to pick, given the Dockers are 13th and the Swans are 14th and both sides are out of form.
The Dockers have lost all of their last 4 games against Melbourne by 14 points and Carlton by 4 points before copping a hammering from West Coast, going down 122-31, in a game where the Dockers kicked just 2 goals. Last weekend they responded with another disappointing loss, going down by 31 points to Hawthorn.
The Swans got themselves within a victory of the top 8 after their Round 15 victory over the Suns, however losses to Essendon by 10 points and then to Carlton last weekend by 7 points has seen the Swans drop back down to 14th and 3 wins outside the 8.
Sydney has won their last 3 straight games against the Dockers.
Dockers: Harley Bennell, Brennan Cox, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan, Shane Kersten, Lloyd Meek, Alex Pearce, Matt Taberner.
Swans: Darcy Cameron, Lance Franklin, Matthew Ling, Jack Maibaum, Jarrad McVeigh, Sam Naismith, Callum Sinclair, Nick Smith, Durak Tucker.
Milestones: Lance Franklin will play his 300th career game.
Ryan Clarke will play his 50th career game.
Aaron Sandilands needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Isaac Heeney needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Cam McCarthy needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his career.
GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 21 – 1:10 PM
AFL Round 18 preview for this match should show a comfortable win for the Cats coming up, however their form has been a bit mixed since the bye, while the Hawks are in good form.
Geelong opened the year with 10 wins from 11 games, but have since had a much less impressive 3 wins and 2 losses. Since the bye, Geelong lost to Port by 11 points, beat the Crows by 27 points, lost to the Bulldogs by 16 points. Last weekend they had a 27 point win over the lowly St.Kilda.
Hawthorn have recently set about turning around their form. They worked their way into the top 8 only for them to go on a losing run, where they dropped consecutive games to Brisbane, Essendon, Sydney and West Coast to fall down to fourth last. The last two weeks has seen them beat the second placed Collingwood by 4 points and then they beat Freo last weekend by 31 points.
Geelong won their last game against Hawthorn, in Round 5 this year.
Cats: Nakia Cockatoo, Charlie Constable, Jordan Cunico, Jake Kolodjashnij, Nathan Kreuger, Sam Menegola, Esava Ratugolea.
Hawks: Changkuoth Jiath, Tom Mitchell, Tim Mohr, Dylan Moore, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Scrimshaw, Chad Wingard.
Milestones: Liam Shiels will play his 200th club and career game.
Mark Blivacs will play his 150th club and career game.
Lachie Henderson will play his 50th club game.
MELBOURNE DEMONS V WEST COAST EAGLES PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 21 – 2:50 PM
AFL Round 18 tips should be a piece of cake for this game as the 4th placed West Coast take on the third last Demons.
Melbourne’s form since the bye has been mixed, yet improved on their earlier form, which has seen them stuck at the wrong end of the table. They beat the Dockers by a goal, then lost to Brisbane 107-74. In Round 16 they pipped a revamped Carlton unit by 5 points. Last weekend they went down to the Bulldogs 74-66.
West Coast have stormed into the top 4 thanks to a stunning run of form which saw them win 5 straight games before succumbing to the lowly Swans in Round 12. After the bye they had a strong 6 goal victory over the Bombers, a one goal win over the Hawks and then a dominating 91 point hiding of Freo, where they kicked 19 goals to 2. Last weekend they lost to Collingwood by just 1 point.
Melbourne has won their last 3 encounters with the Western Bulldogs.
Demons: Jeff Garlett, Max Gawn, Marty Hore, Kade Kolodjashnij, Tom McDonald, Jake Melksham, Aaron Nietschke, Harrison Petty, Joel Smith, Tim Smith, Tom Sparrow, Billy Stretch, Aaron Vandenberg, Guy Walker.
Eagles: Jarrod Brander, Patrick Bines, Liam Duggan, Harry Edwards, Mark Hutchings, Josh Kennedy, Jack Petruccelle, Nathan Vardy, Daniel Venables.
Milestones: Jordan Lewis will play his 50th club game.
ST KILDA V WESTERN BULLDOGS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 21 – 4:40 PM AEST
AFL Round 18 Preview for this final match of the round shows another game that could go down to the wire when the Saints and Dogs clash.
St.Kilda were well within reach of the top 8 up until the bye round, but since their hard fought 4 point victory over the Suns after the bye, the Saints have gone on to lose to Brisbane by 56 points, Richmond by 33 points, North Melbourne by 39 points and last weekend they went down to Geelong by 27 points.
The Bulldogs are sitting in tenth place on the ladder, just a win outside the top 8. They’re in good form at the moment, having won all of their last 3 games off the back of their much improved defence. They beat Port 66-41, the top of the table Geelong by 71-55 and last weekend they beat Melbourne 74-66.
The Bulldogs have won their last two games against the Saints by 35 points and 40 points.
Saints: Logan Austin, Josh Battle, Jack Bytel, Jarryn Geary, Dan Hannebery, Dean Kent, Max King, Billy Longer, Paddy McCartin, Ed Phillips, Lewis Pierce, Dylan Roberton, Jack Steven, Jimmy Webster.
Bulldogs: Caleb Daniel, Ryan Gardner, Billy Gowers, Fergus Greene, Tom Liberatore, Lukas Webb, Lewis Young.
Milestones: David Armitage needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Sam Lloyd needs 6 goals to reach 100 for his career.
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