Round 13 AFL Preview

Friday, August 21
Gold Coast vs Carlton @ TIO Stadium - 19:50
To kick-off Sir Doug Nicholls round this year, sees the Gold Coast Suns and Carlton Blues heading to TIO Stadium in Darwin for their match on Friday night. While it has nothing to do with the match, I am sure both teams are grateful they haven't had to head to Darwin, from Melbourne, for their encounter! Moving on... With these two teams being evenly matched across their last five matches, and both the Suns and Blues playing much better footy in 2020, this has become a harder match to pick. As such, I am going to go with form in this one, which the Blues have, just.
Carlton by 13

Saturday, August 22
W. Bulldogs vs Melbourne @ Metricon Stadium - 13:45

Metricon Stadium with two in-form teams battling it out on Saturday afternoon when the Western Bulldogs play hosts to the Melbourne Demons. In a boost for the Doggies it is looking likely that Johannisen and Josh Bruce will be right to return for this match, while Tim English is still no lock-in after injuring his ankle. For the Demons, there are still question marks over the availability of champion ruckman Max Gawn after missing the past two wins. Across their past five games, only the Demons have beaten a Top 8 team, and for this reason, my tip is going their way.
Melbourne by 9

Port Adelaide vs Hawthorn @ Adelaide Oval - 16:35

In this Saturday afternoon match, we have the ladder-leading Power coming up against a Hawthorn team that is really struggling to find any consistency or form. Even with Hawthorn having a 3 to 2 advantage over the Power across their last five encounters, Season 2020 is a whole new kettle of fish for both teams, with the Power now sitting atop the ladder while the Hawks are having to fight to avoid finishing the season at the bottom! With this match being at their home ground, the Power will have another advantage over the Hawks, and it should be enough to see them get the win.
Port Adelaide by 29

Essendon vs Richmond @ TIO Stadium - 19:45

Old-time rivals Essendon and Richmond meet at TIO Stadium this Saturday night in a battle that will either keep the Bombers in touch with the Top 8, or the Tigers in touch with the Top 4. Either way you look at it, it is an important match for both clubs. Across their past five encounters, the Tigers have a very healthy 5 to 0 winning record over a team that has caused them quite a bit of pain across the decades. I am sure both teams will enjoy getting to play in front of Darwin's AFL fans and will push hard to get the win for them.
Richmond by 27

Fremantle vs Sydney @ Optus Stadium - 20:10

Fremantle and Sydney take the field in a battle of two teams who are having a 2020 season they would, for the most part, like to put behind them. Another thing they have in common heading into this match is that they are both on four wins from eleven games, and finding it tough to move up the ladder. In their respective matches from last round, the Dockers were pipped after the siren by the Blues, whereas the Swans had a huge win over their cross-town rivals, GWS. While the Swan's youth got the job done last round, I can't see the Dockers being as poor as the Giants.
Fremantle by 14

Sunday, August 23
Adelaide vs Geelong @ Adelaide Oval - 13:05

In this fixture at Adelaide Oval we have a team that has not won a single game all season coming up against a team that has won for of their past five matches, including a ten goal thumping of the team sitting at the top of the ladder. I have no idea what is going on at the Crows, but they sure have a lot of players who will miss this match due to hamstring issues! For Geelong Dahlhaus, Kolodjashnij and Jack Steven all look to be a part of this match. I'm expecting the Cats to have an easy win here, reversing the lead the Crows have of them across their last five matches.
Geelong by 46

Brisbane vs St. Kilda @ The Gabba - 15:35

At the Gabba on Sunday afternoon we have a Brisbane Lions team that was very lucky to get past an injury-riddled Kangaroos last week, playing hosts to a St Kilda team that bounced back from their loss to the Cats, to beat Essendon by 35-points and make their way to 5th position on the ladder. These two teams normally only play each other once a season, so it is harder to get a read on them, but out of their last five matches, the Saints have won four of them. It is looking like St Kilda will be without Gresham and Paton, with the Lions being able to select Rich and Rayner.
Brisbane by 11

West Coast vs GWS Giants @ Optus Stadium - 18:10

As they come up against the Giants in Perth on Sunday night, the West Coast Eagles will be concerned about a growing list of injured players they canĂ¢€™t select. After their horrible performance last round, the Giants will be looking to welcome back players the calibre of Greene, Davis and perhaps Daniel Lloyd. After the dross they dished up last round, Greene and Davis will especially be welcomed back into the team as it tries to get a win over a team that is on a quality winning streak as they get back from the QLD hub for the second match at their home ground.
West Coast Eagles by 4

Monday, August 24
Collingwood vs North Melbourne @ The Gabba - 19:10

The last match of the round sees a rather up-and-down Collingwood outfit taking on a North Melbourne side that is missing its entire starting 22 due to injury. Okay, that last statement wasn't quite true, but it certainly must have felt that way to the Kangaroos coaching staff at times in Season 2020! Last round the Magpies were trounced by the Demons, and the Kangaroos lost by a single point to the Lions after putting up a great fight. This match feels like a case of one team having the will, but not the way, and the other team having the way but not being too sure of the will...
North Melbourne by 8

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