Round 16 AFL Preview

Saturday, September 5
North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide @ Metricon Stadium - 19:40
On Saturday night the second-last placed North Melbourne has the unenviable task of coming up against a Port Adelaide team that just keeps on winning, well, except when they play the in-form Cats! To make matters look like this is an even bigger challenge for the Kangaroos is that, across their last five meetings, the Roos have only won one encounter, but on the upside, that win was in Round 22 last season. With the Power playing a high standard of footy in 2020, you gotta go with them.
Port Adelaide by 35 points

Sunday, September 6
St. Kilda vs Hawthorn @ Metricon Stadium - 13:05

While St Kilda is just clinging on to their place in the Top eight after having lost three of their past five matches, they are coming up against a Hawthorn team that has fallen into a real hole over the past couple of months. While Hawthorn is leading the "five-game-head-to-head" stat, three to two, it is the Saints who are on the up, while Hawthorn supporters will be wondering what has gone wrong.  Having said all that, the Hawks have a size advantage in this match-up; if they can take advantage of it to get a win is the big question.
St Kilda by 13

Geelong vs Essendon @ The Gabba - 15:35

While Port Adelaide sits atop the AFL ladder at this late stage of the season, I think it is the Cats who are the form team of the competition. In this round Geelong are coming up against an Essendon team that, after an inconsistent year, finds itself in eleventh spot on the ladder nearing the end of Season 2020. Across their last five meetings, the Cats have a slight three to two win edge over their opponents, but in Season 2020, there is no mistaking that the Cats are preparing for a strong push at a Premiership so shouldn't let this one get away from them.
Geelong by 29 points

W. Bulldogs vs West Coast @ Metricon Stadium - 18:10

Last week the Bulldogs were overrun by a strong Geelong outfit, going down to the cats by a "not too terrible" 11-points, while the Eagles had a somewhat uninspiring 15-point win over the Bombers. Both teams have shown their potential, but it is the Eagles who have been a consistently high-performing team across the season. Across their last five matches, the Eagles have a perfect five and zero winning record. How will the Doggies coming off a bye impact their performance?
West Coast Eagles by 11

Monday, September 7
Melbourne vs Fremantle @ Cazaly's Stadium - 19:10

In this match at Cazaly's Stadium on Monday night, a free-flowing Melbourne Demons comes up against the defensive-minded Fremantle Dockers. While the Dockers managed to stifle a Top 4 Tiger outfit last round, they were unable to kick a winning score, and in this match they will be coming up against a team that has a more productive midfield brigade than the Tigers. After their slow start to the season, the Demons have been making positive strides that have resulted in them getting back into the Top 8, a position they won't want to lose!
Melbourne by 17 points

Tuesday, September 8
Adelaide vs GWS Giants @ Adelaide Oval - 17:40

After Adelaide got a win last round to break through their zero-win season, the Crows find themselves coming up against tougher opposition in the GWS Giants. While the Crows are still last, at least their supporters had something to cheer about, as the GWS fans had in their last match, after their team got a 38-point win over the Dockers. In a boost for the Crows, they have a three to two winning record across these two team's last five matches, but in 2020 it is hard to see the home team getting a win in this "must-win" match for the Giants.
GWS by 22 points

Carlton vs Sydney @ Metricon Stadium - 20:10

While Sydney has a three to two winning advantage across the last five meetings between these two teams, it is certainly Carlton who has been the better-performed team in 2020. With neither of these teams having a good run over the past month; the Blues have gotten two wins, and the Swans have a single victory over the Giants. It will be interesting to see which players are in, and who misses out through injury. This list could have a large impact on which of these teams gets the win.
Carlton by 8

Wednesday, September 9
Brisbane vs Gold Coast @ The Gabba - 19:10

The two Queensland teams go head-to-head when the Brisbane Lions play host to the Gold Coast Suns on Wednesday night. While the Sun's percentage almost gets them into the eight, their ability to win took a nose-dive with the injury to Matt Rowell. So far the Lions season has gone great, with not only making the finals seemingly complete, but also a Top 4 finish beckoning. Unsurprisingly, the Lions are leading the Suns four to one across their past five meetings, and all indicators point to them getting another win against their southern neighbours at the Gabba.
Brisbane by 31 points

Byes:
Collingwood, Richmond

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