Round 7 AFL Preview

Thursday
Geelong vs Collingwood @ Optus Stadium - 20:10

In our first game of the week, the Geelong Cats take on Collingwood in the new WA Hub on Thursday night. After both teams had good wins over quality opponents, this game is shaping up as a quality match to watch. Collingwood changed things up last weekend, largely as omissions forced their hand, and it worked! The Magpies went on to give the Hawks a fair lesson. For the Cat's fans, while they had to wait until the second half of the match, their team didn't disappoint, outscoring Brisbane by eight goals to two for a 37-point win.
Geelong by 14 points

Friday
Essendon vs W. Bulldogs @ Metricon Stadium - 19:50

As the Bombers meet the Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium on Friday night, Essendon will be looking to keep their winning ways going, while the Bulldogs will need to put their last game behind them, and find new avenues to goal; while the Doggies had heaps of the ball, they couldn't convert them into goals. The Bombers did a good job in moving the ball in their last match but will be coming up against a team whose strength is their midfield. This should be a close match, and one I think will come down to the team that can convert their Forward 50 entries the best.
Bulldogs by 11 points

Saturday
GWS Giants vs Brisbane @ Giants Stadium - 13:45

At GIANTS Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the 10th placed Giants take on the 3rd placed Lions. In their last week's matches, the Giants lost to the impressive Port Adelaide, and the Lions went down to a Geelong team who was wanting to help a couple of milestone-players have the result you want for significant milestones. While the Lions have looked to be one of the form teams across the re-start, the Giants' form has been a bit up-and-down, something their coach wouldn't be impressed with. When on form, the Giants are near unstoppable but the Lions have been impressive again this year.
Brisbane by 19 points

Sydney vs Gold Coast @ The SCG - 16:35

In a matchup between two teams coming off a loss, we see the Sydney Swans taking on the Gold Coast Suns at the SCG this Saturday afternoon. The Swans suffered a narrow loss to the Tigers last round, and lost the very important J. Kennedy and I. Heeney, while the Suns were overrun by a Demon's team going hard for the win. While the Suns are playing much better footy in 2020, they will be coming up against a Sydney team, at home, who plays a super defensive style that is hard to counter, just ask Richmond! This is a tough one to pick, but I am going to go with...
Gold Coast by 11 points

Richmond vs North Melbourne @ Metricon Stadium - 19:40

In a match between two teams that haven't been at all impressive since the re-start, we see Richmond playing host to North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night. With both teams suffering injuries to important players, as well as just being out of form, we should have a real tussle on our hands here. The Tigers have flair through the middle, while North has grunt. The Roos and Tigers have forwards of quality, who can turn a game on its head quickly, so which backline will prevail?
Richmond 9 by points

Sunday
Carlton vs Port Adelaide @ The Gabba - 13:05

In our first game of Sunday, Carlton comes up against the ladder-leading Port Adelaide at the Gabba. At first glance, it is hard to go past the Power to add to their win total and stay atop the ladder, but Carlton has been playing some quality football on their way into the Top 8. As an interesting thing to keep in mind, out of the last five games between these two teams, the Power has won three to the Blue's two. While I would kind of like to go for the underdog in this one, I am going to stick with the form team.
Port Adelaide by 13 points

Hawthorn vs Melbourne @ Giants Stadium - 15:35

At GIANTS Stadium on Sunday afternoon Hawthorn comes up against a Melbourne team that will be feeling better after getting their second win of the season on the board. For their part, Hawthorn put in a dismal effort last week in their loss to Collingwood; how does an AFL team kick only 27 points, even if it is a shortened match? While my first thought is to go for the Hawks, out of their last five meetings, the Demons have won three of them. While not quite reaching "boogeyteam" status, it shows that the Hawks have trouble against the Dees.
Melbourne by 8 points

Fremantle vs West Coast @ Optus Stadium - 18:35

I'm glad that Season 2020's first Western Derby is being played at Optus Stadium this weekend. Could you imagine if the Dockers and Eagles lined-up against each other at the Gabba or Metricon Stadium? This match has been made even better by both teams playing well last weekend to get wins on the board. The West Coast Eagles have dominated the Dockers in recent times, winning the last five matches played, and I think they should continue on with this form as the Eagles just have more quality players across more team lines.
West Coast Eagles by 28 points

Monday
Adelaide vs St. Kilda @ Adelaide Oval - 19:40

As teams move away from the NSW and QLD Hubs for this weekends matches, we find Adelaide getting to be at home against a St. Kilda team that lost to Fremantle by 6-points last round. After going 0-6 at the QLD Hub, the Crows will be grateful to be home, where they can hit the training track to try and salvage something from this season. For the Saints, they will be wanting to rectify their failings from last weekend, which resulted in a loss, as they come up against a team that is struggling to put too many good passages of play together. Seventh against eighteenth, I know where my pick is going!
St. Kilda by 19 points

Don't forget there are $10,000 worth of prizes from Love My Footy including three weekly prize of $150, $100 and $50 for the best tippers each round. So if you haven't already put in your tips have a think about who's going to win and remember that tipping for Round 7 closes on 16/07/20 20:00 (AEST).

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