Round 15 AFL Preview

Tuesday, September 1
Hawthorn vs Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval - 17:40
In a battle of two teams who will have no impact on this year's finals series, we see Hawthorn take on the team firmly attached to the bottom of the ladder, the Crows. Last round the Hawks didn't fully plan for Daniher's return for the Bombers, or else they just couldn't handle him, while the Crows had the luxury of a round off; while it is no longer a weekend, I am sure every team enjoys the extra time to recover. While Hawthorn has been disappointing in 2020, they should have enough in the tank to take care of the Crows in this one.
Hawthorn by 22

West Coast vs Essendon @ The Gabba - 20:10

After having their 8-game winning streak halted by an improved Tiger effort last round, the West Coast Eagles will be out to get their finals push back on track as they come up against an Essendon team that has welcomed back the very important Joe Daniher. While it is looking like the Bombers chance at making the finals is slim, the team is playing decent footy and should put up a good fight against the Eagles in this fixture. Let's see how Kennedy recovers from the knee to his head, and how Daniher pulls up from his first game in a very long time.
West Coast by 27

Wednesday, September 2
Richmond vs Fremantle @ Metricon Stadium - 19:10

On Wednesday night the Tigers will be suitably motivated to get a win over the Dockers, if they are to keep any hope of a Top 4 finish alive and well in Season 2020. Last round the Tigers overcame the loss of key backman Dylan Grimes to get past the hot-streaking West Coast Eagles in QLD. On the same fixture, the Dockers suffered a 38-point loss to an improved GWS while playing at their home-ground in Perth. While the Dockers have a number of younger players putting in great efforts in 2020, the toughened Tigers should be too experienced.
Richmond by 32

Thursday, September 3
Sydney vs Melbourne @ Cazaly's Stadium - 16:40

While the youthfull (see, a team suffering from a massive injury list for a large chunk of the season) Swans haven't been travelling well this year, they did manage to get a great win over their Sydney-rival, GWS, back in Round 12. Facing them will be a Melbourne team who took a large chunk of the season to come together as a team, but who have won four of their past five matches to get into the Top 8 on a rich vein of form. If this game was at their beloved SCG, the Swannies would still be in with a chance, but it's not.
Melbourne by 25

GWS Giants vs Carlton @ Metricon Stadium - 19:10

Aided by second-gamer Jake Riccardi, the Giants came out harder and had a good win over Fremantle last round. While the Giants have beaten any of the teams in the Top 8 recently, their form has been improving over the past couple of rounds. Carlton fans will definitely be happier with their team's performances this season, especially after their win over Collingwood last round! Both teams are on the edge of the eight but have to finish the season strongly, starting with this match, and hope that some teams above start to falter.
GWS by 6

Friday, September 4
Brisbane vs Collingwood @ The Gabba - 19:50

While many pre-season-pundits had Collingwood finishing in the top two in Season 2020, and Brisbane probably in the top four, the season has shown that the Lions are certainly a team on the up, with the Magpies struggling to find a consistent forward when DeGoey isn't able to be selected. As a strong stat in their favour, the Magpies have won all of the past five meetings between these teams, but can they keep this record going in this very different season? Both teams have been enjoying an easier run up to this match, while losing to higher ranked teams.
Brisbane by 17

Byes:
Geelong, Gold Coast, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs

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