Round 10 AFL Preview

Monday, August 3
Port Adelaide vs W. Bulldogs @ Adelaide Oval - 19:10
On Monday night we have a Port Adelaide team that is coming off a big win over the Demons last round - a few days ago. On the other side of the coin, the Western Bulldogs were run into the ground by a Richmond team that was starting to play as they did in 2019. With both teams sitting on three wins from their past five matches it could be easy to think this is an even match, but the Power is playing at their home ground, and have been in better form across the past month and a bit. The Bulldogs have some real quality across the ground, especially in the midfield, but the Power team looks to be able to match them, and then get ahead up forward.
Port Adelaide by 19 points

Tuesday, August 4
Richmond vs Brisbane @ Metricon Stadium - 19:10

At Metricon Stadium on Tuesday night we see two teams playing quality football meeting in what should be an entertaining match between the two kings of the jungle, the Tigers and Lions. With both teams sitting up at the pointy end of the AFL Ladder, and the Lions in second place, both teams will be excited to test themselves out against a quality opponent. The Tigers probably have the edge in the forward and backlines, but the Lions midfield is all quality and will continue to provide plenty of opportunities for their forwards to kick a winning score. The Tigers really ramped up their pressure game last round but should find it hard to keep that going against the Lion's spread.
Brisbane by 15 points

Wednesday, August 5
Geelong vs North Melbourne @ The Gabba - 17:40

The Cats will travel from Perth to Brisbane to take on a North Melbourne team coming off a demolition of the Crows on the Gold Coast last weekend. Being settled in Queensland will certainly be a plus for the Roos, as they will be coming up against a team who has travelled across the width of Australia to get to the match, and not a lot of down-time to recuperate. In spite of this, there is one stat that makes me lean towards the Catters for the win, and that is that across their last five meetings, Geelong has won every single game played. While this is never the be-all-and-end-all, it certainly makes me think that the Roos have trouble with Geelong's players and style.
Geelong by 21 points

Adelaide vs Melbourne @ Adelaide Oval - 20:10

In a match between two bottom four teams, the Adelaide Crows have a chance to get their first win of the season when they come up against a Melbourne Demons team that suffered a 51-point loss to the Power last round; having said that, the Crows were absolutely belted by the Roos, to the tune of 69 points. Across their past five matches played, the Dees have the slight upper-hand and they have been playing better football leading into the big loss last round. For the Crows, hopefully, they get Walker back from his illness, while the Melbourne hierarchy will be having their fingers crossed that the MRP decide that Oliver's report for striking didn't have enough in it for a suspension.
Melbourne by 14 points

Thursday, August 6
Collingwood vs Sydney @ The Gabba - 17:40

The Gabba on Thursday evening will see the Magpies take on the Swans in the first game on Thursday. As a theme of this week's preview, it is interesting to see that Sydney has had the better of Collingwood across their past five contests, leading it 3 to 2. While the Magpies coach, and assistant coach Sanderson, showed poor judgement last week in their tennis match, it shouldn't do much except give a few Swans a bit of sledging ammunition for this match, as unless the Swans get a big influx of quality players who have been out injured, they are going to have a hard time kicking a winning score.
Collingwood by 35

Gold Coast vs St. Kilda @ Metricon Stadium - 20:10

On Thursday night we see two of the year's big improvers come together when the Suns take on the Saints at Metricon Stadium. As before this disjointed 2020 Season, the Gold Coast Suns were largely one of the competition's easy beats, it is not surprising to see that the Saints have a 4 to 1 win lead over the Suns across their previous five encounters, but this time it is different. Both the Suns and Saints are playing some quality football and taking some impressive scalps as they move through 2020. Both teams have been in the QLD hub and will be used to Metricon Stadium and as well as the Suns are playing, it is hard to see them getting past the fast running Saints in this one.
St Kilda by 21 points

Friday, August 7
Essendon vs GWS Giants @ Metricon Stadium - 19:50

Prior to their last match, Essendon was playing some decent football, and then they came up against a rampant Lions outfit who gave them a solid mauling. GWS have been a bit inconsistent this season, and their 11th position on the ladder reflects this. Another thing I found interesting was that the Giants haven't really gotten a win over any of the top teams so far. While this is a good shot to change, the Giants will probably agree they have underperformed so far in 2020. For this match, the Bombers will have a hard time getting through the Giant's half-back line, and then they have to stop the likes of Cameron, Greene and Finlayson. It will be a tough ask for a young Bomber outfit.
Greater Western Sydney by 32 points

 Carlton, Fremantle, Hawthorn & West Coast


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