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By Ethan Meldrum
Sydney v Western Bulldogs
The Swans are a bizarre case: three wins, seven losses but a percentage over 100. They've shown glimpses of their best this year with big wins over Brisbane, North Melbourne and St Kilda, but don't forget: they did lose at home to Hawthorn two weeks ago.
Luke Beveridge is four and zip over the Swans, including last year's grand final. He's a quality coach of a quality side.
Western Bulldogs by 15.
Western Bulldogs 2.25
Adelaide v St Kilda
St Kilda has had two weeks to stew on two consecutive demoralising losses to the Swans and the Dogs. They're a quality side when they're up and going and Alan Richardson will want them to respond.
Teams are showing that if you bully the Crows in the middle they're vulnerable. It will be a tough task and the Crows should get four points here, but the Saints should have a crack.
Adelaide by 25.
St Kilda 5.50
Hawthorn v Gold Coast
Hawthorn back at home, against a side sitting 14th - surely they won't drop this?
We know how unpredictable Gold Coast has been this year - there's some shocking losses and some big wins - so anything could happen. They did roll the Hawks in round three with Gary Ablett back at his best, and pretty convincingly, too.
Gold Coast by 10.
Gold Coast 2.30
Brisbane v Fremantle
Brisbane desperately need a win, and an at-times fragile Fremantle at home serves as one of the better chances of them getting four points.
If this game gets too open the Lions might not be any match for the Dockers, but perhaps they can drag them down to their level. A Tom Rockliff return would certainly help.
Fremantle by 15.
Essendon v Port Adelaide
Essendon will give themselves a good chance at Etihad. Their last month has been very handy, with wins over Geelong and West Coast and losses to Richmond and GWS, both currently top four sides.
But Port Adelaide is going to be a tough task. There's a good reason they have the best percentage in the comp: their losses have come to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th and they've belted every side below that.
Port Adelaide by 22.
Port Adelaide 1.45
Carlton v GWS
Carlton love dragging teams down to their level. Only two teams have really managed to break them down this year: Richmond in round one and Port Adelaide in round five.
GWS at Etihad looms as another dangerous task. The Blues will need to bring everything they've got, otherwise the most skilful side in the league on the fastest ground in the league looms as a dangerous proposition.
GWS by 30.
Melbourne v Collingwood
The Dees have a big opportunity to go 6-5 here, which further pushes their case for a first September appearance in 11 years. They've been excellent at their best this year and the Pies have been hit by injury, losing Daniel Wells, Jamie Elliott and Tyson Goldsack from last week.
But Melbourne has been inconsistent this season, and Collingwood's back in form, winning four of their last six with a three-point loss to GWS in the mix.
Melbourne by 20.