Round 6 AFL Preview

Thursday
Geelong vs Brisbane @ The SCG - 19:40

Geelong will join Brisbane in Sydney for their first game within the NSW Hub this Thursday night; I believe this initial stint in Sydney is planned to go for two weeks. Both of these teams had good wins last weekend, where the Cats clawed the Suns in the last quarter and the Lions used bigger claws to shred the Power by 37 points. In a boost for the Lions, they may get Zorko returning to the line-up after he surprised the doctors with a quick recovery from a calf strain. On this small ground, the Cats should be able to curtail some of the Lion's run but...
Brisbane by 13 points

Friday
Collingwood vs Hawthorn @ Giants Stadium - 19:50

Two teams who suffered losses last round meet at GIANTS Stadium on Friday night this round, as Collingwood takes on a Hawthorn who got towelled up by the Giants last round. While the Hawks will be hoping Patton comes up for this important match, they will be without Luke Bruest for around a month. When these teams met last year, Hawthorn won a close match and have won four of the past five matches between the two teams. Also, I think the Hawks have been playing better across the past four matches, and they played at GIANTS Stadium just last week which can only help.
Hawthorn by 11 points

Saturday
Fremantle vs St. Kilda @ Metricon Stadium - 12:35

Fremantle will look to back-up their good performance of last week as they take on a fast-moving St. Kilda outfit in our first game of Saturday at Metricon Stadium. Fremantle took care of the floundering Adelaide Crows last round, while St. Kilda accounted for Carlton by 18 points in the corresponding fixture. With the additions of the Saints having the upper hand over the Dockers, having won three of the last five matches they have played, the Saints are an improved outfit who should be able to account for the single-win Dockers.
St. Kilda by 28 points

West Coast vs Adelaide @ The Gabba - 15:05

After their good win last weekend, where Nic Natanui imposed himself on the contest, the Eagles will be looking to keep the wins coming as they meet an out of form Adelaide Crows team looking to salvage anything from a tumbling 2020 season. Even with the quality in the Adelaide midfield, the team just isn't working for the Crows so far, and this extends into the forward fifty, where the Eagles have a 53% efficiency compared to the Crow's 33%. In the ruck, the Eagle's big men are averaging ten hit-outs more a match than their Adelaide counterparts.
West Coast by 31 points

Melbourne vs Gold Coast @ Giants Stadium - 18:05

On the back of a loss to each team, the Melbourne Demons take on the Gold Coast Suns at GIANTS Stadium this Saturday evening. The main news for this match is that star rookie Matt Rowell will miss the game after dislocating his shoulder early in the match against Geelong last weekend. While the Suns did well without him for most of the match, there is no doubt his class will be missed! For the Demons, the only winners they had last week were Max Gawn and Bradley Fritsch, so the Dees really need their quality mids to step-up and take control of the contests.
Gold Coast by 8

Essendon vs North Melbourne @ Metricon Stadium - 19:40

Essendon is coming off a good win over Collingwood, as they head to the Queensland Hub to take on a North Melbourne team who were overrun by the Bulldogs last weekend. In another hit to the Bomber's list, it is looking like Jake Stringer will be missing for a number of weeks with a case of ankle syndesmosis, something that seems to be an injury that is hitting lots of players in 2020. The Kangaroos will be monitoring Cunnington, Higgins and Thomas for this match, and hoping they come good in time to play. If they don't, it won't be pretty for the Roos!
Essendon by 14

Sunday
Port Adelaide vs GWS Giants @ Metricon Stadium - 13:05

On Sunday afternoon at Metricon Stadium, the Port Adelaide Power play host to a GWS Giants outfit who are coming off a quality win over Hawthorn last round. In the same fixture, the Power were completely outclassed by the Brisbane Lions, in the end losing by 37 points. Both teams are looking to welcome back a quality player this week. The Power will be looking for Ryan Burton to help them against a GWS midfield that clicked last week and who will see co-captain Callan Ward coming back after being omitted from last week's match due to soreness.
GWS by 28 points

Richmond vs Sydney @ The Gabba - 15:35

As Richmond and Sydney head up to the QLD Hub, the Tigers will be going without a few of their Top 22 players, due to family reasons and injury. As the Swans head north, they won't be needing to book in the usual 'extra legroom' seats, as another one of their talls has suffered an injury and won't be travelling. The Tigers got on the board last week, with an uninspiring win over the Demons, yet the Swans remain in the lower portion of the ladder as they sit in the group below Richmond with just the two wins for the season.
Richmond by 25 points

Carlton vs W. Bulldogs @ Metricon Stadium - 18:45

In our second game at Metricon Stadium on Sunday we have Carlton playing "hosts" to the Western Bulldogs in the evening. The Blues went down to the Saints last weekend and the Doggies put in a quality performance to defeat the Kangaroos by nearly fifty points after a six-goal effort from former Saint Josh Bruce. The Blues could be strengthened by the return of Zac Fischer while the Bulldogs will be waiting to see how Bailey Smith comes up after his head met the hard surface of Marvel Stadium, meaning he left the game by half-time. On form, it is hard to go past the Bullies, so I won't.
Western Bulldogs by 19 points

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