Round 5 AFL Preview

Thursday
Carlton vs St. Kilda @ Marvel Stadium - 19:40

In our first match of the week, we have the Blues taking on the Saints at Marvel Stadium, on what will probably be another chilly night in Melbourne. Both of these teams have shown that they have taken big strides this season and will be keen to get another win on the board. Both of these team's strength is their midfield, with Carlton probably having an edge up forward, while St Kilda has some speedy players attacking the goals, making things hard for their opponents. If you like watching footy, this should be a good contest.
Carlton by 11 points

Friday
Collingwood vs Essendon @ The MCG - 19:50

Both Collingwood and Essendon had very close losses last round and should be highly motivated to resume their annual (usually on Anzac Day) battle this weekend. While Collingwood was narrowly beaten by the Giants, the more important outcome from that match is the injuries the team suffered, and how those players will come up for this game. For the Bombers, it is looking like they made it through their last match without any further injuries, hopefully resulting in the ability for the coach to have a stable lineup, while the Pies will be without key backman, Jeremey Howe. Going on form, and history at The G...
Collingwood by 17 points

Saturday
West Coast vs Sydney @ Metricon Stadium - 13:45

One of the two changed games now sees the West Coast Eagles up against the Sydney Swans at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon. While the Eagles have been really poor this re-start, this is a great opportunity for them to use their spread and spread to their advantage over a team that is known for wanting an 'in and under' game. On the other hand, Sydney will be wanting the game to be a slog, if this happens they should be able to wrestle their way past their opposition, but whose gameplan will win through?
West Coast by 8 points

Geelong vs Gold Coast @ GMHBA Stadium - 16:35

Down in Geelong on Saturday afternoon the Cats take on the travelling Suns. While Geelong's Tom Stewart looks to miss this match with a broken collarbone, the Suns (unlike last year) appear to have a clean bill of health. If this game was being played in the sunshine of the Gold Coast, I would give the Suns a red hot chance of getting the win, but this being their first interstate game, and the peculiarities of Geelong's home ground, I can't go past the Cats for the win in this one.
Geelong by 21 points

W. Bulldogs vs North Melbourne @ Marvel Stadium - 19:40

At Marvel Stadium on Saturday night the Western Bulldogs come up against the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Where the Kangaroos are coming off a narrow four-point loss to the Hawks last round, the Bulldogs will be feeling better about their performance, having beaten the Swans by twenty-eight points in Sydney. Cunnington and Ziebell are a strong chance to miss this important match for their team, with a back and hamstring concern respectively. For the Bulldogs, they will be without Naughton for a couple of months and Lloyd is no certainty to be in the mix for this match.
Bulldogs by 16 points

Brisbane vs Port Adelaide @ The Gabba - 19:40

The third-placed team will meet the first-placed team when the hometown Lions take on an impressive Port Adelaide outfit at the Gabba this Saturday. In a match that is shaping as the game of the round, the Power will need to try and curtail the output of Cameron and Neale. On the flip side, the Lions will have their hands full with the likes of Charlie Dixon and Hamish Hartless, both of which are in great touch at the moment. In a match that should be a great one to watch, it will come down to which quality midfield can get on top.
Port Adelaide by 11 points

Sunday
Adelaide vs Fremantle
@ Metricon Stadium - 13:05
Both of the teams in our first game on Sunday have been struggling quite a bit since the re-start of 2020, but in this match one of them will get a win of the board and a chance to right the ship and give their fans something to cheer about for an afternoon. As these teams are sitting in last, and second-last place respectively, it is hard to see either of them being able to turn their fortunes around to make a run for the Top 8 and a berth in the finals. Having said that, a win can do wonders for a team's confidence!
Adelaide by 15

Melbourne vs Richmond @ The MCG - 15:35

As Queensland doesn't want any Victorian teams joining their "hub", we now have the Melbourne Demons playing the Richmond Tigers at the MCG this coming Sunday. As another match between two struggling teams, Melbourne is 15th while the Tigers sit just the one spot above them at 14th place on the ladder, this match will only be worth a watch by these team's die-hard supporters. Melbourne has had poor disposal efforts and finishing, while Richmond has been plain ol' poor. This is a game to just take a pass on...
Richmond by 1

GWS Giants vs Hawthorn @ Giants Stadium - 18:05

With the Giants seeming to be spending lots of time at home these days, the Hawks will be hopping on a bus and heading up the Hume Fwy for their Sunday evening fixture. Both teams had good wins last round, where the Hawks beat the Roos and the Giants scraped past the Pies, so should be primed for their Round 5 match. With Zac Williams out for a month, will Phil Davis recover from his hamstring injury, suffered last weekend, in time for this clash, and how about the Hawk's Patton?
Hawthorn by 13

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