GWS GIANTS V HAWTHORN HAWKS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – AUGUST 9 – 7:50 PM AEST
AFL Round 21 starts on Friday night with a desperation game for Hawthorn, who need to win to keep their slim finals hopes alive.
The Giants have been a bit up and down with their form this year, however right now they are in good form, having won all of their last three games. They thumped the Magpies 122-75 in Round 18, then pipped the Power by 1 point in a low scoring match prior to last weekends 83-81 victory over the lowly Swans.
Hawthorn are down to 12th place on the ladder and have drifted 2 wins outside the top 8, and with only a few rounds left, they cannot afford to lose again if they are to be a finals chance. They come into this match having lost both of the recent games against top 3 side Brisbane and then last weekend they went down to the now 13th placed North Melbourne.
Hawthorn won the last game between these two sides, back in Round 8 this year.
Giants: Stephen Coniglio, Aidan Corr, Isaac Cumming, Matt de Boer, Matt Flynn, Josh Kelly, Zac Langdo, Xavier O’Halloran, Jonathon Patton, Sam Taylor, Callan Ward.
Hawks: Jarman Impey, Harry Jones, Darren Minchington, Tom Mitchell, Tim Mohr, Dylan Moore, Harry Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Scrimshaw
Milestones: Ricky Henderson will play his 150th career game.
Brett Deledio needs 4 goals to reach 200 for his career.
MELBOURNE DEMONS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 10 – 1:45 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 21 aren’t expected to be too complicated for this game between 6th placed Collingwood and the second last Dees.
Melbourne’s season has lumbered from bad to worse in 2019, to the point that they are now second last, having lost all of their last 4 games to the Bulldogs, West Coast, Saints and Richmond. Their attack and defence are both ranked within the 3 worst of the competition.
Collingwood’s form is starting to turn for the better again, but it has been quite a poor past few weeks where they scored a paltry 37 against the Roos to lose by 44, went down to Hawks by 4, pipped the Eagles by 1 and then lapped by GWS 122-75 and the Tigers 98-66 before last weekends big 120-51 victory over the last placed Suns.
Collingwood have won their last 3 games against Melbourne.
Demons: Jeff Garlett, Mitch Hannan, Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Tom McDonald, Aaron Nietschke, Joel Smith, Charlie Spargo, Tom Sparrow, Aaron vandenBerg, Guy Walker, Sam Weideman
Magpies: James Aish, Dayne Beams, Mason Cox, Jordan De Goey, Lynden Dunn, Will Kelly, Tom Langdon, Darcy Moore, Nathan Murphy, Sam Murray, Isaac Quaynor, Ben Reid, Brayden Sier, Jaidyn Stephenson, Daniel Wells
Milestones: Ben Reid will play his 150th club and career game.
James Aish will play his 50th club game.
Adam Treloar needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his career.
PORT ADELAIDE POWER V SYDNEY SWANS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 10 – 1:40 PM ACST, 2:10 AEST
AFL Round 21 Preview for this match looks ominous for the Swans, who have now lost their last 5 games.
Port Adelaide’s form picked up last weekend where they hammered the top 8 side Essendon by 10 goals, which ended a 3 game losing streak that invariably saw the Power drop out of the top 8. They are now a win behind the 8th placed Crows and are still a chance for the finals, however they need a good win here.
The Swans have now lost 5 straight games and are left languishing in 15th place on the table. They still have the potential to cause headaches for teams above them on the ladder. Last weekend they almost upset cross-city rivals GWS, but eventually lost by just 2 points.
Port Adelaide have won their last 2 clashes against the Swans.
Power: Ryan Burton, Zak Butters, Tobin Cox, Brad Ebert, Jake Patmore, Jack Watts
Swans: Darcy Cameron, Harry Cunningham, Ollie Florent, Robbie Fox, Lance Franklin, Will Hayward, Matthew Ling, Jack Maibaum, Jarrad McVeigh, Colin O’Riordan, Dane Rampe, Callum Sinclair, Nick Smith, Durak Tucker
Milestones: Isaac Heeney will play his 100th club and career game.
Brad Ebert needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club.
BRISBANE LIONS V GOLD COAST SUNS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 10 – 4:35 PM
AFL Round 21 tips are going to be heavily lopsided as the third placed Lions take on the last placed Gold Coast Suns.
The Lions are the form team in the 2019 AFL competition at the moment, as they have now won 7 straight games after their shock loss to Carlton back in Round 12. They then had a bye and followed up with wins over Saints by 56, Dees by 33, GWS by 20, Power by 48, North by 12 and Hawks by 27 before last weekends 18 point victory over the Bulldogs.
The Gold Coast Suns recent form is a complete mirror image of the Lions, as they’ve lost their last 15 straight games now. 3 of their last 5 losses have seen the Suns lose by huge margins – going down to Richmond by 92 points in Round 16, followed by a 95 point loss to Adelaide. Last weekend they then lost to the struggling Magpies by 69 points.
Brisbane have won their last 2 games against the Suns.
Lions: Tom Cutler, Mitch Hinge, Tom Joyce, Dayne Zorko
Suns: Callum Ah Chee, Will Brodie, Sam Collins, Brayden Crossley, Nick Holman, Jack Hombsch, Wil Powell, Izak Rankine, Mitch Riordan, Rory Thompson, Harrison Wigg, Aaron Young
Milestones: Jarrod Witts will play his 100th career game.
Aaron Young will play his 100th career game.
ESSENDON BOMBERS V WESTERN BULLDOGS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 10 – 7:25 PM
AFL Round 21 tips for this match are reasonably tight, given there’s only two wins separating both sides.
Essendon had a very disappointing result last weekend as they copped a heavy 59 point loss to the out-of-form Port Adelaide, going down 126-67. What made it more disappointing was the fact that they had won their last 5 games prior against GWS, Swans, North, Adelaide and the Suns.
The Dogs have been resurgent in the back half of the season, winning 5 of their last 8 matches to surge up the ladder and get themselves into the AFL Finals contention. If the Dogs can get up in this match and the Crows lose their tough game, the Bulldogs are every chance of sneaking into top 8. Last week they were valiant in defeat against the red-hot Lions, losing by 3 goals.
Western Bulldogs have won their last 4 games between these two sides.
Bombers: Tom Bellchambers, Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Orazio Fantasia, Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley, Irving Mosquito, Kobe Mutch, Devon Smith, James Stewart
Bulldogs: Ben Cavarra, Ryan Gardner, Fergus Greene, Toby McLean, Dale Morris, Josh Schache, Matthew Suckling, Laitham Vandermeer, Mitch Wallis, Lukas Webb
Milestones: No milestones.
GEELONG CATS V NORTH KANGAROOS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 10 – 7:25 PM AEST
This game is a surprisingly one of the tougher footy tips Round 21 to pick, given both sides are in different ends of the ladder, but are in similar form.
Geelong are still at the top of the ladder, however their gap over the competition has now been lost, as the Cats, Eagles and Lions are now all equal on competition points. Geelong has been unable to string together back-to-back wins since the bye, winning in Rounds 15, 17 and 19 against Adelaide, Saints and Sydney respectively, while losing in Rounds 14, 16, 18 and 20 to Port, Dogs, Hawks and Dockers respectively.
The Roos lost 3 straight games to Essendon, Lions and West Coast before last weekend’s 22 point victory over Hawthorn. North Melbourne are 2 wins outside of the top 8 and need to win every game, while also needing some results to go their way in order to play finals footy.
Geelong have won their last 4 games against North Melbourne.
Cats: Nakia Cockatoo, Jordan Cunico, Zach Guthrie, Nathan Kreuger, Brandan Parfitt
Kangaroos: Shaun Atley, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Majak Daw, Aaron Hall, Kyron Hayden, Ben Jacobs, Luke McDonald, Tom McKenzie, Bailey Scott, Dom Tyson, Ed Vickers-Willis, Will Walker, Declan Watson, Sam Wright
Milestones: Mitch Duncan will play his 200th club and career game.
Marley Williams will play his 50th club game.
ST.KILDA V FREMANTLE DOCKERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 11 – 1:10 PM
AFL Round 21 preview for this match is simple – If Saints lose, their season is over, if Dockers lose, they will be playing sudden death footy for the rest of the season.
St.Kilda produced two big wins against the Bulldogs by 27 points and the second last Dee’s by 19 to keep their finals hopes alive, but last weekend they succumbed to the Crows, who were playing to keep their place in the top 8. The Saints went down by 22 points. They need to win every game now and with some big scores to help their percentage.
Fremantle produced a stunning 95-61 victory over Geelong last weekend which will be a huge shot in the arm to their confidence after a dismal 4 weeks where their attack was virtually non-existant. They will be firing off the back of that result and keen to build some momentum from it to take them into the finals.
Fremantle has won their last 2 games against St.Kilda.
Saints: Blake Acres, David Armitage, Logan Austin, Jack Bytel, Jarryn Geary, Dan Hannebery, Dean Kent, Max King, Billy Longer, Paddy McCartin, Jack Newnes, Ben Paton, Lewis Pierce, Dylan Roberton
Dockers: Brennan Cox, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan, Scott Jones, Shane Kersten, Lloyd Meek, Alex Pearce, Luke Ryan, Matt Taberner
Milestones: Luke Ryan will play his 50th club and career game.
Daniel McKenzie will play his 50th club and career game.
Aaron Sandilands needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
David Armitage needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Cam McCarthy needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his career.
RICHMOND TIGERS V CARLTON BLUES PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 11 – 3:20 PM
AFL Round 21 tips should be a piece of cake for this game, however Carlton’s recent form has been so impressive that it’s hard to be certain.
The Tigers have been undefeated in their 6 games since the bye to rise up to 4th on the table and just a win away from joining the competition leaders. Their defence has been brilliant in this period, with their last 5 opponents failing to reach 70 points. Last weekend the beat the Dees 93-60 a week after beating Collingwood 98-66. Their form is very impressive.
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. They’ve since won 5 of their last 8 matches to climb out of the cellar and up to 16th place. A win here and a Swans loss will see the Blues move into 15th place. Last weekend their 3 game winning streak came to an end at the hand of the Eagles as the Blues went down by 4 majors.
Richmond have won their last 8 clashes with Carlton.
Tigers: Trent Cotchin, Jack Higgins, Callum Moore, Marlion Pickett, Alex Rance, Jack Ross
Blues: David Cuningham, Charlie Curnow, Sam Docherty, Zac Fisher, Hugh Goddard, Matt Kennedy, Pat Kerr, Matthew Kreuzer, Caleb Marchbank, Mitch McGovern, Finbar O’Dwyer, Tom Williamson
Milestones: Shane Edwards will play his 250th club and career game.
Dion Prestia will play his 150th career game.
WEST COAST EAGLES V ADELAIDE CROWS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 11 – 3:20 PM AWST, 5:20 PM AEST
AFL Round 21 Preview for this final match of the weekend is clear that it will be the match of the round.
West Coast have won their last 3 games against Melbourne, North Melbourne and Carlton. Prior to that they had a 1 point loss to Collingwood which ended another 3 game winning run. Since the bye their defence has been very consistent, which has allowed their attack to function more freely.
The Crows victory last week over the Saints saw them hang on grimly to their 8th place on the ladder, one win behind 7th place and one win ahead of 3 teams who are all vying for the final spot in the top 8 with Adelaide. The Crows have won just 2 of their last 5 games and have a very tough opponent here.
West Coast won their last clash against Adelaide.
Eagles: Jamie Cripps, Liam Duggan, Harry Edwards, Shannon Hurn, Mark Hutchings, Nic Naitanui, Brodie Riach, Josh Smith, Daniel Venables
Crows: Tom Doedee, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Paul Hunter, Alex Keath, Ned McHenry, Andrew McPherson, Reilly O’Brien
Milestones: Josh Jenkins needs 4 goals to reach 300 for his club and career.
Eddie Betts needs 2 goals to reach 600 for his career.
Paul Seedsman will play his 100th career game.
Kyle Hartigan will play his 100th club and career game.
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