MELBOURNE DEMONS V SYDNEY SWANS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – AUGUST 16 – 7:50 PM AEST
AFL Round 22 starts on Friday night with a dead rubber match between two sides who have lost their last 5 games.
The Dee’s sit in second last place and have lost their last 5 straight games and are coming off a 70-53 loss last weekend against a struggling and injury-hit Magpies side. Their defence hasn’t be disgraceful for a side so low on the ladder, but their attack is struggling. They have a fairly long injury list which certainly hasn’t helped.
The Swans are placed fourth-last, just one win ahead of Melbourne. They’ve lost their last 6 games now, however most of them have been close games. They lost to Essendon by 10, Blues by 7, Freo by 1, Geelong by 27 and Giants by 2. Last weekend though they were blitzed by Port Adelaide 103-56.
Melbourne won their last clash against the Swans, ending a winless run of 8 games against Sydney.
Demons: Jeff Garlett, Mitch Hannan, Neville Jetta, Kade Kolodjashnij, Jake Lever, Steven May, Tom McDonald, Aaron Nietschke, Joel Smith, Charlie Spargo, Tom Sparrow, Aaron vandenBerg, Guy Walker, Sam Weideman.
Swans: Darcy Cameron, Harry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, Will Hayward, Matthew Ling, Jack Maibaum, Jarrad McVeigh, Sam Naismith, Colin O’Riordan, Callum Sinclair, Nick Smith, Durak Tucker.
Milestones: Lance Franklin will play his 300th career game.
CARLTON BLUES V ST.KILDA PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 17 – 1:45 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 22 are going to be very hard to make for this game, especially given that the betting markets can’t even split them.
Carlton’s season was revitalised after they removed their coach. They’d won just 1 of their 11 games before deciding to part ways with their coach, but since then, they had 5 wins and 4 losses, to move from last place to 3rd last, equal on the ladder with the Swans. Last week the Blues went down to the in-form Tigers by 28 points.
Saints season is hanging by a thread. They are a very slim mathematical chance after last weekend’s 3 point victory over the Dockers. They have Carlton this week and Sydney the next – two matches they will be expected to win and have to win in order to be a chance of sneaking into 8th place.
St.Kilda have won their last 5 games against Carlton.
Blues: Charlie Curnow, Sam Docherty, Pat Kerr, Matthew Kreuzer, Kym LeBois, Caleb Marchbank, Mitch McGovern, Tom Williamson.
Saints: Blake Acres, David Armitage, Logan Austin, Jack Bytel, Jarryn Geary, Jade Gresham, Dan Hannebery, Dean Kent, Max King, Billy Longer, Paddy McCartin, Jack Newnes, Ben Paton, Lewis Pierce, Dylan Roberton.
Milestones: Patrick Cripps will play his 100th club and career game.
Nic Newman will play his 50th career game.
Daniel McKenzie will play his 50th club and career game.
Dale Thomas will play his 100th club game.
David Armitage needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Dan Hannebery needs 3 goals to reach 100 for his career.
BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 17 – 2:10 AEST
AFL Round 22 Preview for this match is set to be the first look at finals footy, when first and second clash, with the winner moving to the top of the table.
The Lions are the form team of the competition right now, having won all of their last 8 games. Their defence has been consistently solid while their attack has cruised along, at times blowing teams off the park. Last weekend was one such occasion as they hammered the hapless, last-placed Suns, 144-53.
Geelong’s form line since the bye has been consistently inconsistent. Each win was followed by a loss, which was followed by a win. This cycle has gone on for 8 straight games now. After losing to Freo by 34 points, Geelong hit back last weekend with an impressive performance against North Melbourne, winning 69-14.
Geelong have won their last 8 clashes against the Lions and 18 of their last 20 contests.
Lions: Tom Cutler, Mitch Hinge, Tom Joyce, Dayne Zorko.
Cats: Jordan Clark, Jordan Cunico, Mark O’Connor, Gary Rohan.
Milestones: Daniel McStay will play his 100th club and career game.
Alex Witherden will play his 50th club and career game.
Brandan Parfitt will play his 50th club and career game.
Lincoln McCarthy will play his 50th career game.
ADELAIDE CROWS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 17 – 4:35 PM
AFL Round 22 tips are going to be tough for this match, as the Crows will be at home and fighting to get back into the top 8.
Adelaide were sitting in 8th place last weekend and needed a victory over one of the top sides, West Coast. As well as they played, they couldn’t defeat the Eagles, going down by 10 points. This loss coupled with Port Adelaide’s big win over the Swans, saw Power move into 8th while the Crows dropped to 9th.
The Pies had been in a run of unconvincing form, however a 69 point victory over the last placed Suns gave Collingwood some confidence, which they used to secure a 70-53 victory last weekend against the struggling Dees. Last weekend’s win wasn’t convincing, but given their injury toll, it was a gallant effort nonetheless.
Collingwood won their last game against the Crows.
Crows: Tom Doedee, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Paul Hunter, Alex Keath, Ned McHenry, Andrew McPherson.
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: Sam Jacobs will play his 200th career game.
Levi Greenwood will play his 150th career game.
Ben Reid will play his 150th club and career game.
Paul Seedsman will play his 100th career game.
James Aish will play his 50th club game.
Eddie Betts needs 1 goal to reach 600 for his career.
Josh Jenkins needs 4 goals to reach 300 for his career.
Adam Treloar needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his career.
NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 17 – 7:25 PM
AFL Round 22 tips for this match are expected to be almost entirely favouring Port Adelaide.
North Melbourne’s finals chances ended last weekend with the most miserable performance in their entire history, as they kicked just 1 goal, for a total of 14 points against Geelong. It broke their lowest ever score record of 19, set back in 1930 and was the only time they finished a game having kicked just 1 goal.
Port turned around a losing run, which saw them drop out of the top 8, with a pair of successive victories against Essendon by 59 points and then last weekend against the Swans, who they defeated 103-56. These victories saw Power move back into the top 8, at the expense of Adelaide.
Port Adelaide have won their last 5 games between these two sides.
Kangaroos: Luke Davies-Uniacke, Majak Daw, Aaron Hall, Kyron Hayden, Ben Jacobs, Luke McDonald, Tom McKenzie, Bailey Scott, Curtis Taylor, Scott Thompson, Ed Vickers-Willis, Will Walker, Declan Watson, Sam Wright.
Power: Ryan Burton, Tobin Cox, Brad Ebert, Jake Patmore, Jack Watts.
Milestones: Brad Ebert needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club.
FREMANTLE DOCKERS V ESSENDON BOMBERS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 17 – 6:10 PM AWST, 8:10 PM AEST
This game is yet another one of the tough footy tips Round 22 to make, given Essendon are coming off a shocking result while Freo are fighting for a finals berth.
Fremantle are now playing sudden death footy after their 3 point loss to St.Kilda last weekend has left them a win behind 8th on the ladder. They’ll be desperate to win this week and next, with all their focus on getting a victory this weekend so that they can remain in finals calculations.
Essendon have dropped down to 7th on the table and are at risk of missing the finals, especially if their form over the past two weeks continues. After losing to Port Adelaide 126-67 the Bombers were horrid last weekend, kicking just 4 majors in their 137-33 loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Essendon have won their last 2 games against Fremantle.
Dockers: Brennan Cox, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan, Rory Lobb, Lloyd Meek, Tom North, Alex Pearce, Luke Ryan, Matt Taberner, Luke Valente, Tobe Watson, Nathan Wilson.
Bombers: Tom Bellchambers, Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Aaron Francis, Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley, Matt Guelfi, Jayden Laverde, Shaun McKernan, Irving Mosquito, Kobe Mutch, Darcy Parish, Adam Saad, Devon Smith, James Stewart.
Milestones: Michael Walters will play his 150th club and career game.
Luke Ryan will play his 50th club and career 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.
RICHMOND TIGERS V WEST COAST EAGLES PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 18 – 1:10 PM
AFL Round 22 preview for this match shows that this contest between third and fourth, will be the best match of the round.
Richmond are now on a 7 game winning streak, which has seen them climb up into 4th place on the table. Their stoic defence is in peak form, with St.Kilda’s score of 70 back in Round 15 being the Tigers worst defensive effort since the bye. Last weekend the Tigers won 73-45 over the revamped Blues.
The West Coast Eagles have won their last 4 games and 7 of their last 8 matches, with the sole loss being by just 1 point against the then second-placed Collingwood. Since that loss they’ve defeated Melbourne by 13, Roos by 49, Carlton by 24 before last weekend’s 10 point victory over Adelaide.
West Coast won their last game against Richmond.
Tigers: Trent Cotchin, Jack Higgins, Callum Moore, Alex Rance, Sydney Stack.
Eagles: Jarrod Brander, Jamie Cripps, Liam Duggan, Luke Foley, Nic Naitanui, Brodie Riach, Josh Smith, Daniel Venables.
Milestones: Nathan Broad will play his 50th club and career game.
GWS GIANTS V WESTERN BULLDOGS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 18 – 3:20 PM
AFL Round 22 tips are going to be split over this match given each sides vastly different performances last weekend.
The Giants are sitting in 6th place and almost certainties to play in the finals, barring a pair of heavy losses over the final two rounds and some results for teams below them going against GWS. Their attack has become pedestrian of late, but their defence had done enough to get them tight wins over Port 56-55 and Sydney 83-81. Last weekend though, they were destroyed by Hawthorn 85-29.
The Western Bulldogs could possibly move into the top 8 with a win in this match and given they’re coming into this match off the back of an impressive 137-33 victory over top 8 side Essendon last weekend, which gave their percentage a huge boost.
Greater Western Sydney have won their last 3 clashes with the Western Bulldogs.
Giants: Jeremy Cameron, Stephen Coniglio, Matt de Boer, Matt Flynn, Josh Kelly, Zac Langdon, Jonathon Patton, Sam Taylor, Callan Ward.
Bulldogs: Hayden Crozier, Caleb Daniel, Taylor Duryea, Ryan Gardner, Fergus Greene, Dale Morris, Josh Schache, Mitch Wallis.
Milestones: Jeremy Cameron will play his 150th club and career game.
Brett Deledio needs 3 goals to reach 200 for his career.
HAWTHORN HAWKS V GOLD COAST SUNS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 18 – 4:40 PM AEST
AFL Round 22 Preview for this final match of the weekend clearly shows that Hawthorn are the strong favourites to win.
Hawthorn’s 2019 AFL Finals campaign is still alive, but hanging by a sliver. They need to win their last 2 matches and hope for other results to fall their way. Last weekend they were defensively magnificent as they restricted the sixth placed GWS to just 29 points as the Hawks won by 56 points.
The Suns have now lost 16 straight games, however their last 6 games has seen their opponents score 99 points or more. They’ve conceded an average of 128 points per game over those last 6 matches. Last weekend they went down to Brisbane 144-53.
Hawthorn won their last clash against Gold Coast.
Hawks: Grant Birchall, Will Golds, Jarman Impey, Harry Jones, Darren Minchington, Tom Mitchell, Tim Mohr, Ryan Schoenmakers.
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: Aaron Young will play his 100th career game.
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