COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V ESSENDON BOMBERS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – AUGUST 23 – 7:50 PM AEST
AFL Round 23 starts on Friday night with a top of the table match between the Magpies and Bombers.
Collingwood have turned around their recent form, where they had won just 1 of 5 games, to score three consecutive wins in their last 3 games. They beat the hapless, last-placed Suns 120-51, then the second last Melbourne 70-53 before hammering the 8th placed Crows last weekend by 11 goals.
Essendon last week recorded a win against Freo by 32 points, to end what was a horror fortnight for the club, which saw them lose to Port Adelaide 126-67 and then to Western Bulldogs 137-33. Across the two games they conceded 40 goals and scored just 13.
Collingwood have won their last 3 games against Essendon.
Magpies: James Aish, Dayne Beams, Mason Cox, Josh Daicos, Jordan De Goey, Lynden Dunn, Will Kelly, Tom Langdon, Darcy Moore, Sam Murray, Isaac Quaynor, Ben Reid, Brayden Sier, Jaidyn Stephenson, Daniel Wells.
Bombers: Tom Bellchambers, Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Aaron Francis, Michael Hurley, Matt Guelfi, Kobe Mutch, Darcy Parish, Adam Saad, Devon Smith, James Stewart, Jake Stringer.
Milestones: Ben Reid will play his 150th club and career game.
James Aish will play his 50th club game.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Adam Treloar needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his career.
SYDNEY SWANS V ST.KILDA PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 24 – 1:45 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 23 are going to be split, given both sides are out of the finals hunt now.
Sydney’s hopes for a final place were dashed after they lost 6 straight games from Round 16, to Essendon, Carlton, Fremantle, Geelong, GWS and Port Adelaide. Last weekend though they ended their run of losses with a 95-42 win over the second-last placed Melbourne.
St.Kilda’s finals hopes were dashed last weekend when they lost to Carlton by 10 points. The Saints had a slim finals chance leading into that match, but were no match for the revitalised Blues. They’d be inconsistent all year and had struggled to overcome sides higher on the ladder on a regular basis.
Sydney have won their last 9 straight games against St.Kilda.
Swans: Harry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, Will Hayward, Jack Maibaum, Jarrad McVeigh, Sam Naismith, Colin O’Riordan, Callum Sinclair, Nick Smith, Durak Tucker.
Saints: David Armitage, Logan Austin, Jack Bytel, Nick Coffield, Jarryn Geary, Jade Gresham, Dean Kent , Max King, Billy Longer, Paddy McCartin, Lewis Pierce, Dylan Roberton.
Milestones: Lance Franklin will play his 300th career game.
Aliir Aliir will play his 50th club and career game.
Daniel McKenzie will play his 50th club and career game.
Dan Hannebery needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his career.
David Armitage needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS V MELBOURNE DEMONS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 24 – 2:10 AEST
AFL Round 23 Preview for this match will see North Melbourne taking on Melbourne in a dead rubber.
North Melbourne have had the most immense turnaround in modern Premiership history, but it’s come a week too late, as their finals hopes were dashed last weekend, where they kicked just 1 goal in an insipid effort against Geelong, where the Roos needed to win to keep their finals chances alive. They lost 69-14, but bounced back last weekend with an emphatic 144-58 hiding of Port Adelaide, the 130 point improvement putting Port’s finals hopes on a knife edge.
Since the Dees overcome the resurgent Blues by 5 points back in Round 16, they’ve gone on to lose 6 straight games to plummet to second last on the table. 4 of those losses were by close margins too, They lost by 8 to the Dogs, 13 to the Eagles, 19 to Saints and 17 to the Pies. They had a 33 point loss to Richmond in Round 20, but last weekend was their worst performance over this period as they went down by 53 points to the out-of-form Swans.
Melbourne’s win in their last encounter with North Melbourne ended a 17 game losing run against the Roos.
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.
Demons: Jeff Garlett, Mitch Hannan, Neville Jetta, Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Corey Maynard, Tom McDonald, Aaron Nietschke, Joel Smith, Tim Smith, Tom Sparrow, Aaron vandenBerg, Guy Walker, Sam Weideman.
Milestones: Marley Williams needs 1 disposal to reach 2000 for his career.
GEELONG CATS V CARLTON BLUES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 24 – 4:35 PM
AFL Round 23 tips will be tough for this match, as the Cats current form suggests they will win, but the Blues are much more impressive now than they were at the start of the year.
Geelong’s form since the bye has been consistently seen every win followed by a loss, which was followed by a win. This cycle has gone on for 9 games now. After losing to Freo by 34 points, Geelong hit back with an impressive performance against North Melbourne, winning 69-14. Last weekend the Cats continued their form line by following up a win with a loss, when they went down to the Lions by just 1 point in the battle for first place.
Carlton had won just 1 of their opening 11 matches, which lead to the axing of their coach. After that time, they’ve been a completely different side, winning 6 of their last 10 matches, including the honour of being the last side to beat current competition leaders Brisbane, as well as Freo, Sydney, Suns, Crows and last weekend they put an end to the finals chances of St.Kilda, dowing the Saints by 10 points.
Geelong have won their last 2 games against Carlton.
Cats: Jordan Clark, Jordan Cunico, Lachie Fogarty, Zach Guthrie, Ben Jarvis, Mark O’Connor, Gary Rohan.
Blues: David Cuningham, Charlie Curnow, Sam Docherty, Liam Jones, Pat Kerr, Kym LeBois, Caleb Marchbank, Tom Williamson.
Milestones: Matthew Lobbe needs 4 disposals to reach 1000 for his career.
GOLD COAST SUNS V GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 24 – 7:25 PM
AFL Round 23 tips for this match are expected to be entirely favouring the GWS Giants here.
GWS have had a frustrating season, occasionally showing glimpses of their true selves, but more often than not, they’ve ground out tough wins to keep themselves in the top 8. Their last 2 games though have been quite poor. Against Hawthorn two weeks ago, the Giants scored a paltry 29 points, losing by 56. Last weekend they were again easily lapped by the Bulldogs, who won 126-65.
The Suns haven’t looked like winning a game since their last victory back in Round 4. Even their 3 wins were by less than a goal, but they’ve lost all 17 games since then. They’ve become a side that teams run scores up against of late. Richmond scored 150, Crows 151, Carlton 99, Essendon 106, Collingwood 120, Brisbane 144 and last weekend Hawthorn beat the Suns 118-48.
Greater Western Sydney have won their last 7 games against Gold Coast.
Suns: Callum Ah Chee, Will Brodie, Sam Collins, Brayden Crossley, Nick Holman, Jack Hombsch, Anthony Miles, Wil Powell, Izak Rankine, Mitch Riordan, Rory Thompson, Harrison Wigg.
Giants: Jeremy Cameron, Stephen Coniglio, Matt de Boer, Brett Deledio, Jeremy Finlayson, Matt Flynn, Harry Himmelberg, Jacob Hopper, Josh Kelly, Zac Langdon, Daniel Lloyd, Jonathon Patton, Sam Taylor, Callan Ward.
Milestones: Jeremy Cameron will play his 150th club and career game.
Touk Miller will play his 100th club and career game.
Aaron Young will play his 100th career game.
Brett Deledio needs 3 goals to reach 200 for his career.
WEST COAST EAGLES V HAWTHORN HAWKS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – AUGUST 24 – 6:10 PM AWST, 8:10 PM AEST
This game will be one of the toughest footy tips in Round 23 to make, with West Coast fighting for first place and Hawthorn needing a win to keep their slim finals hopes alive.
The Eagles 4 game winning run, which saw them beat Melbourne, North, Carlton and Adelaide to move into the top 4 calculations was followed up last weekend by a loss to fellow top 4 side Richmond by just 1 goal.
The Hawks defence has been immense in their last two matches, helping them to a pair of big wins to keep their finals hopes alive going into the last weekend of games before the finals. After keeping top 8 side GWS to just 29 points in their Round 21 clash which the Hawks won by 56 points, they followed up with a 118-48 win last weekend over the last placed Gold Coast Suns.
West Coast have won their last 2 games against Hawthorn.
Eagles: Jarrod Brander, Liam Duggan, Luke Foley, Fraser McInnes, Nic Naitanui, Brodie Riach, Josh Smith, Daniel Venables.
Hawks: Grant Birchall, Will Golds, Jack Gunston, Jarman Impey, Harry Jones, Mitch Lewis, Ben McEvoy, Darren Minchington, Tom Mitchell, Tim Mohr, Ryan Schoenmakers.
Milestones: Isaac Smith will play his 200th club and career game.
Dom Sheed will play his 100th club and career game.
WESTERN BULLDOGS V ADELAIDE CROWS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 25 – 1:10 PM
AFL Round 23 preview for this match shows a contest that will determine who makes the finals.
The Bulldogs are clinging to 8th place on the ladder, however they have Hawthorn (who has a better percentage), Adelaide and Port Adelaide both a win below them. The Bulldogs need to win to make the finals. A loss will see 8th place decided by percentages. The Dogs have won their last 2 games against Essendon 137-33 and GWS last weekend by 126-65.
Adelaide have been sitting inside the top 8 for much of the year but in their last two weeks they’ve suffered back-t0-back losses which has seen them slide out of the top 8. They had a 10 point loss to top 4 side West Coast, but last weekend they were belted by 11 goals against Collingwood.
Adelaide have won their last 2 games against the Western Bulldogs.
Bulldogs: Caleb Daniel, Ryan Gardner, Fergus Greene, Tom Liberatore, Dale Morris, Mitch Wallis.
Crows: Tom Doedee, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Paul Hunter, Alex Keath, Ned McHenry, Andrew McPherson, Paul Seedsman, Rory Sloane.
Milestones: Luke Brown will play his 150th club and career game.
Josh Jenkins needs 4 goals to reach 300 for his club and career.
RICHMOND TIGERS V BRISBANE LIONS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 25 – 3:20 PM
AFL Round 23 tips are going to be split over this huge match, as both sides are in the top 4, in red-hot form and vying for top spot on the ladder.
The Tigers have been undefeated since the bye, winning all of their 8 games. Both their attack and defence have been at their absolute best of late too. They’ve beaten Saints 103-70, Suns 150-58, GWS 94-67, Power 101-63, Pies 98-66, Dees 93-60, Blues 73-45 and last weekend they overcame fellow top of the table side West Coast 88-82.
The Lions too are also undefeated since the bye, winning all of their last 9 games against Saints by 56, Dees by 33, GWS by 20, Power by 48, Roos by 12, Hawks by 27, Dogs by 18 and Suns by 91 before last weekends tough 1 point victory over the top placed side Geelong, and in doing so the Lions moved to first place.
Richmond have won their last 12 straight games against Brisbane.
Tigers: Trent Cotchin, Jack Higgins, Dustin Martin, Alex Rance, Mav Weller.
Lions: Tom Cutler, Tom Joyce, James Madden.
Milestones: Stefan Martin needs 21 disposals to reach 3000 for his career.
PORT ADELAIDE POWER V FREMANTLE DOCKERS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – AUGUST 25 – 4:10 PM ACST, 4:40 PM AEST
AFL Round 23 Preview for this final match of the weekend will see Port Adelaide needing a solid victory to be any chance of making the finals, so long as the Bulldogs lost earlier in the day.
After 2 big wins in successive weekends by the Power over Essendon, by 59 points and the lowly Swans by 47 points, Port Adelaide had kept themselves in the top 8. But last weekends hiding at the hands of the Kangaroos has all but decimated their season, because they not only dropped out of the top 8, but their percentage took a beating as well.
Freo’s attack has struggled ever since they recorded their 100-79 win in Round 13, oddly enough against Port Adelaide. Since then they’ve lost 85-71 to Melbourne, 79-75 to Carlton, 122-31 against West Coast and 84-53 against Hawthorn. They then beat Sydney 52-51 in an unconvincing performance. They then lost 113-66 against the Dogs before toppling an up-and-down Geelong side 95-61. They’ve then lost their last two games to Saints 72-69 and Essendon 87-55 last weekend.
Fremantle have won their last 2 games against Port Adelaide.
Power: Ryan Burton, Zak Butters, Tobin Cox, Brad Ebert, Sam Hayes, Jake Patmore, Jack Watts.
Dockers: Brennan Cox, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan, Scott Jones, Rory Lobb, Lloyd Meek, Alex Pearce, Luke Ryan, Matt Taberner, Luke Valente, Tobe Watson, Nathan Wilson.
Milestones: Luke Ryan will play his 50th club and career game.
Ethan Hughes will play his 50th club and career game.
Cam McCarthy needs 1 goal to reach 100 for his career.
Aaron Sandilands needs 2 goals to reach 100 for his club and career.
Brad Ebert needs 4 goals to reach 100 for his club.
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