Round 17 AFL Preview

Thursday, September 10   
St. Kilda vs West Coast @ The Gabba - 19:10
With last round's results, this match between St Kilda and West Coast just got more interesting, and harder to tip! In Round 16 the Saints went marching past the Hawks, and the Eagles fell to the Bulldogs by a slender two points. After their long winning-streak, the Eagles have now lost two of their past three and have the potential of dropping a spot on the ladder, falling behind the Saints, if they can't get a win in this one. The young Saints need to keep their pressure up, while the Eagles need to get their mojo back!
West Coast by 13

Friday, September 11  
Geelong vs Richmond @ Metricon Stadium - 19:50

In a battle of the felines, the fur should certainly be flying in this match between two of the Top 4 teams on the ladder at Metricon Stadium Friday night! Over the past two months, Geelong has been building up until they are now the most in-form team in the competition. The Tigers have been getting wins on the board to get them to fourth spot on the ladder, but they have only had the wins against the Lions and Eagles as times when you go... Gee, they look like a team that could win the Premiership this year! The Cats have had many.
Geelong by 22 points

Saturday, September 12   
North Melbourne vs Fremantle @ Metricon Stadium - 13:45

In this match, it is time for North Melbourne to work out a way to beat a Fremantle team that is very possession and defence heavy. Having lost their past five matches has seen the Kangaroos drop down to second-last place on the ladder, with another player potentially out after Jy Simpkin was elbowed in the head in the match against the Power. While Fremantle has only won two of their past five matches, they are doing a good job of making things hard for the teams that play them, and it is this system that will help them get the win here.
Fremantle by 17 points

Port Adelaide vs Essendon @ Adelaide Oval - 16:35

After last round's comfortable win over North Melbourne, the Port Adelaide Power should be feeling nice and relaxed going into this contest, especially if they watched Geelong's dismantling of Essendon last round! While the Power will be missing the important Zac Butters for this match, I can't see how the Bombers will be able to compete with the strength of the Power, which is pretty much across all lines of the ground. Top of the table versus eleventh, I know who I'm going for!
Port Adelaide by 31

GWS Giants vs Melbourne @ The Gabba - 19:40

As their form has been trending upwards lately, the Giants (three wins from their past five matches) are coming up against a Melbourne (two wins from their past five matches, but have lost their past two games) team which has started to struggle. Even with the Demons having a three-to-two win advantage, across these team's last five matches, this isn't a straightforward game to pick. Will the Giant's Perryman and Williams be back for this match, and how will the Melbourne team respond to their terrible performance last round?
Greater Western Sydney by 7

Sunday, September 13   
Carlton vs Adelaide @ Metricon Stadium - 13:05

In a match that sees two of the competition's quality up-and-coming half-backs, Sam Docherty and the Carlton Blues will be taking on Brodie Smith and the Adelaide Crows on Sunday afternoon. With Adelaide breaking through for their maiden 2020 Season win last round against the Hawks, the team should be up and about for this meeting. Adding in that the Crows have a four-to-one winning stat across the past five matches against the Blues, picking the winner here may be harder than it initially looks. Yes, the coin of much flipping is coming out for this one...
Adelaide by 11 points

Hawthorn vs W. Bulldogs @ Adelaide Oval - 15:35

As the Western Bulldogs make a last-ditched attempt to break into the Top 8 and secure a place in this year's finals, they come up against a Hawthorn team that has slipped to sixteenth place on the ladder after losing their past five matches. Even with the Hawks holding a slim three to two win advantage across these two team's last five matches, it is hard to see them improving enough to get past a Doggies team that has quite a bit to play for. Will Aaron Naughton take mark of the year in this one? We can only wait and see!
Western Bulldogs by 36

Sydney vs Brisbane @ Cazaly's Stadium - 18:10

At Cazaly's Stadium on Sunday night the fifteenth-placed Sydney Swans will be out to keep their improved form going against the third-placed Brisbane Lions. While this match doesn't have a lot of "finals meaning" for the Swans, it will help the Lions to maintain their Top 4 position, so they get the important double-chance for the finals. Interestingly, the Swans have won four of the last five matches between these two teams, a statistic that was a surprise to see, but this is certainly a different season of AFL!
Brisbane by 14

Monday, September 14  
Collingwood vs Gold Coast @ The Gabba - 19:10

As these two teams meet at the Gabba on Monday night, it isn't surprising to find that Collingwood has a five-to-none winning history against the Suns across their last five encounters. Even with the list of unavailable players having an impact on their ability to perform to their best, the Magpies have done a good job of keeping the wins coming, and staying in the Top 8. At the same time, the Suns have been dropping down the ladder after making a great start to the season, and this game shouldn't arrest that slide.
Collingwood by 25 points

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