NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS V HAWTHORN HAWKS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – AUGUST 2 – 7:50 PM AEST
AFL Round 20 gets underway on Friday night with a desperation game for both sides, especially the Roo’s, whose season is on the line.
North Melbourne’s recent poor form has put their finals hopes on a knife-edge. They need to win all of their last 5 games and need some results to go their way in order for them to participate in the finals. They’ve now lost their last 3 games to Essendon by 5 points, Brisbane by 2 goals and then last weekend they were thumped by West Coast 121-72.
Hawthorn are in 11th place on the ladder, but are just a win outside the top 8, however they’ll be in a 6-way battle for the final place in the top 8. They won 3 straight games against Collingwood by 4, Freo by 31 and Geelong by 24 before going down last weekend to Brisbane by 27 points.
Hawthorn won the last game between these two sides, back in Round 3 this year.
Kangaroos: Taylor Garner, Aaron Hall, Kyron Hayden, Ben Jacobs, Luke McDonald, Tom McKenzie, Bailey Scott, Scott Thompson, Dom Tyson, Ed Vickers-Willis, Will Walker.
Hawks: Grant Birchall, Jarman Impey, Harry Jones, Darren Minchington, Tom Mitchell, Tim Mohr, Dylan Moore, Harry Morrison, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Scrimshaw.
Milestones: Jed Anderson needs 7 disposals to reach 1000 for his career.
Blake Hardwick needs 18 disposals to reach 1000 for his club and career.
ESSENDON BOMBERS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 3 – 1:45 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 20 will be tight for this game between the 7th placed Bombers and a Port Adelaide side vying for a place in the top 8.
The Bombers are in red hot form right now, having won all of their last 5 games, starting with an impressive 5 point win over GWS, then a 10 point win over the Swans, then they beat the Roos by 5 and the Crows by 21 points before last weekends 10 point victory over the Suns.
Port Adelaide have been in poor form for several weeks now, which has seen them slip out of the top 8 and down to 10th on the ladder. They’ve won just 2 of their 7 games since the bye, including their last 3 games straight, where their attack has been nothing short of abysmal. They lost 97-49 to Brisbane, 101-63 to Richmond and then last weekend they went down to GWS 56-55.
Essendon has won their last 3 games against Port Adelaide.
Bombers: Tom Bellchambers, Zac Clarke, Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Orazio Fantasia, Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley, Jayden Laverde, Irving Mosquito, Kobe Mutch, Devon Smith, James Stewart.
Power: Ryan Burton, Tobin Cox, Brad Ebert, Billy Frampton, Riley Grundy, Dan Houston, Jake Patmore, Jack Watts, Ollie Wines.
Milestones: Brad Ebert needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club.
GWS GIANTS V SYDNEY SWANS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 3 – 2:10 PM
AFL Round 20 Preview for this Sydney derby shows two teams at opposing ends of the table and in different recent form.
GWS have been a bit hit and miss in the 2019 AFL season, however they’ve done enough to keep themselves in the top 8 this year. They come into this game having won their last two games against Collingwood, in an impressive performance where they scored a 47 point victory. Last weekend they beat Port Adelaide by just 1 point in a low scoring contest.
The Swans have now lost 4 straight games and are left languishing in 15th place on the table. They still have the potential to cause headaches for teams in the top 8 and those vying for a place in the finals though. Last weekends 27 point loss to competition leaders Geelong ended the Swans 2019 campaign early.
GWS has won the last two Sydney local derbies against the Swans.
Giants: Stephen Coniglio, Aidan Corr, Isaac Cumming, Matt de Boer, Matt Flynn, Josh Kelly, Adam Kennedy, Zac Langdon, Xavier O’Halloran, Jonathon Patton, Tommy Sheridan, Callan Ward.
Swans: Darcy Cameron, Harry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, Matthew Ling, Jack Maibaum, Jarrad McVeigh, Callum Sinclair, Nick Smith, Durak Tucker.
Milestones: Lance Franklin will play his 300th career game.
Oliver Florent will play his 50th club and career game.
Brett Deledio needs 4 goals to reach 200 for his career.
Isaac Heeney needs 1 goal to reach 100 for his club and career.
FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 3 – 2:35 PM AWST, 4:35 PM AEST
AFL Round 20 tips are going to be fairly one-sided as the top of the table Cats take on the struggling Dockers.
Fremantle’s season is fast slipping away after losing 5 of their last 6 games, with their attack looking pedestrian at best most of the time. They kicked 2 goals and 19 minors in a horror performance against West Coast. They followed up with an 84-53 loss to Hawthorn, then managed a 1 point victory over the Swans in a low scoring game. Last weekend they lost 113-66 to the Bulldogs.
Geelong have won 14 of their 18 games this year, however 3 of those losses have come in the past 6 weeks. After going down to Hawthorn by 4 goals, the Cats bounced back last weekend by racking up a 27 point victory over the lowly Swans. Their form over the last 6 weeks has seen them follow up a loss with a win.
Geelong have won their last 4 straight games against Fremantle.
Dockers: Brennan Cox, Nat Fyfe, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan, Scott Jones, Shane Kersten, Rory Lobb, Lloyd Meek, Alex Pearce, Matt Taberner.
Cats: Nakia Cockatoo, Jordan Cunico, Zach Guthrie, Nathan Kreuger, Brandan Parfitt.
Milestones: Luke Ryan will play his 50th club and career game.
Zac Smith will play his 50th club game.
Lachie Henderson will play his 50th club game.
Aaron Sandilands needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Cam McCarthy needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his career.
MELBOURNE DEMONS V RICHMOND TIGERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 3 – 7:25 PM
AFL Round 20 tips for this match are suggesting the Lions will be victorious, however the Kangaroos have been much better in recent weeks.
Melbourne’s disappointing season has seen them sit in second last place, just 2 wins ahead of the last placed Suns. They’ve lost their last 3 games against the Dogs, Eaglkes and Saints, however they were competitive in each match, with the margin being less than 20 points each times.
The Tigers are in great form right now, having won all of their last 5 clashes to move into the top 4 on the ladder, two wins behind competition leaders Geelong. They beat Saints by 33, thrashed the Suns 150-52, disposed of the Giants by 27 points and the Power by 38 before last weekends 32 point victory over the Magpies.
Richmond have won the last 3 games between these two sides.
Demons: Jeff Garlett, Marty Hore, Kade Kolodjashnij, Tom McDonald, Jake Melksham, Aaron Nietschke, Harry Petty, Joel Smith, Tom Sparrow, Billy Stretch, Aaron vandenBerg, Jack Viney, Guy Walker, Sam Weideman.
Tigers: Jack Higgins, Callum Moore, Marlion Pickett, Alex Rance, Jack Ross, Fraser Turner, Mav Weller.
Milestones: Tom Lynch will play his 150th career game and also needs 1 goal to reach 300 for his career.
ADELAIDE CROWS V ST.KILDA PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 3 – 7:10 PM ACST, 7:40 PM AEST
This game is expected to be possibly the toughest of footy tips Round 20 to pick, given both sides are fighting for the final place in the top 8.
The Crows are clinging to 8th place on the ladder solely by percentages, however a loss here will see them be equal with St.Kilda on competition points. Adelaide were comfortably inside the top 8 until the bye, but since then they’ve had just 1 win, against the last placed Suns by 95 points, while dropping games to Geelong, Port Adelaide, Essendon and then last weekend against the lowly but revitalised Carlton.
The Saints attack has really fired in their last two games which has essentially kept their finals dreams alive, as it’s steered them to a pair of good wins. They beat the Bulldogs 116-89 before last weekends victory over the lowly Melbourne by 104-85 to keep them within a win of 8th place.
Adelaide have won their last 9 games against St.Kilda and 11 of their last 12 games.
Crows: Tom Doedee, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Paul Hunter, Shane McAdam, Ned McHenry, Andrew McPherson, Myles Poholke, Taylor Walker.
Saints: David Armitage, Logan Austin, Josh Battle, Jack Bytel, Jarryn Geary, Dan Hannebery, Dean Kent, Max King, Billy Longer, Paddy McCartin, Lewis Pierce, Dylan Roberton, Jimmy Webster.
Milestones: Luke Dunstan will play his 100th club and career game.
Paul Seedsman will play his 100th career game.
Josh Jenkins needs 4 goals to reach 300 for his club and career.
David Armitage needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GOLD COAST SUNS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JULY 21 – 1:10 PM
AFL Round 20 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.
Collingwood’s great early season form seems to be a lifetime ago now. Their attack has fallen to pieces on the back of a mounting injury toll and a tough run of games. They’ve won just 1 of their last 5 games to drop from 2nd on the table down to 6th. Their sole win was by 1 point over the Eagles, while they produced scores of 37, 63, 75 and 66 in losses to North, Hawthorn, GWS and Richmond respectively.
Gold Coast hasn’t tasted success since Round 4. They’ve lost all 14 games since. They had a horror fortnight recently where in two games against Richmond and Adelaide, they scored 114 and conceded 301 across the two games. Their attack and defence has improved markedly in the two games since, however they still lost to Carlton 99-75 and last weekend 106-96 against Essendon.
Collingwood have won their last 4 games against the Suns.
Magpies: Taylor Adams, James Aish, Dayne Beams, Jordan De Goey, Lynden Dunn, Levi Greenwood, Will Kelly, Tom Langdon, Chris Mayne, Darcy Moore, Nathan Murphy, Sam Murray, John Noble, Tom Phillips, Isaac Quaynor, Ben Reid, Jordan Roughead, Brayden Sier, Jaidyn Stephenson, Daniel Wells.
Suns: Callum Ah Chee, Ben Ainsworth, Jack Bowes, Will Brodie, Sam Collins, Brayden Crossley, Nick Holman, Jack Martin, Jordan Murdoch, Wil Powell, Izak Rankine, Mitch Riordan, Rory Thompson, Harrison Wigg, Aaron Young.
Milestones: James Aish will play his 50th club game.
Aaron Young will play his 100th career game.
Jamie Elliott will play his 100th club and career game.
Ben Reid will play his 150th club and career game.
CARLTON BLUES V WEST COAST EAGLES PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 4 – 3:20 PM
AFL Round 20 tips should be a piece of cake for this game, however Carlton’s recent form has been so impressive that it’s hard to know which way to go here.
Carlton’s season was done and dusted very early as they sat at the bottom of the table for the first half of the season. After their dismal outing against Essendon, where they lost 74-33, The Blues parted ways with their coach. Since then they’ve had 5 wins and 2 losses, with the losses being by less than a goal. Last weekend they beat top 8 side Adelaide 87-60, making it three straight wins for the Blues leading into this match.
West Coast have stormed into the top 2 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. After losing to the Pies by 1 point, West Coast beat the Dees by 13 before last weekends flogging of the Roos by 49 points.
West Coast have won their last 4 clashes with Carlton.
Blues: David Cunningham, Charlie Curnow, Sam Docherty, Hugh Goddard, Caleb Marchbank, Mitch McGovern, Tom Williamson.
Eagles: Brendon Ah Chee, Patrick Bines, Jamie Cripps, Liam Duggan, Harry Edwards, Shannon Hurn, Mark Hutchings, Jeremy McGovern, Xavier O’Neill, Nic Naitanui, Josh Smith, Nathan Vardy, Daniel Venables.
Milestones: Elliot Yeo will play his 150th career game.
Jackson Nelson will play his 50th club and career game.
BRISBANE LIONS V WESTERN BULLDOGS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 4 – 4:40 PM AEST
AFL Round 20 Preview for this final match of the round shows another game that could go down to the wire when the Lions and Dogs clash.
Brisbane are one win behind the top placed Geelong and sit third on percentages. They’re arguably the form team right now, having won all of their last 6 games comfortably since the bye. They beat Saints by 56, Dees by 33, GWS by 20, Power by 48 and Roos by 12 before last weekends 27 point victory over the Hawks.
The Bulldogs are sitting in ninth place on the ladder, tied on competition points with the 8th placed Crows. They’re in good form at the moment, having won 4 of their last 5 games on the back of their much improved defence. They beat Port 66-41, the top of the table Geelong by 71-55 and the Dees 74-66, before losing to Saints by 27 points. Last weekend the Dogs bounced back to form with a strong 47 point win over Freo.
The Bulldogs have won their last 5 games against Brisbane.
Lions: Tom Cutler, Mitch Hinge, Brandon Starcevich.
Bulldogs: Ben Cavarra, Ryan Gardner, Fergus Greene, Toby McLean, Ed Richards, Josh Schache, Laitham Vandermeer, Mitch Wallis.
Milestones: Josh Schache will play his 50th career game.
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