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Geelong vs. Sydney
Patrick Dangerfield missing for Geelong was hard to argue with…until Josh Kennedy was ruled out for Sydney. What lies is a pretty even clash between the form team of the competition and perhaps the toughest home ground advantage in footy. The Swans have good form, too - they won their two games against Geelong last year quite convincingly, including a 38-point win at Simonds.
Sydney by 10
GWS vs. Melbourne
It’s hard to know which Melbourne turns up, with a statement against Port Adelaide followed by disappointment against North. Their best is definitely good enough to topple GWS, who have been struggling. The Giants have won twice since the bye. Over their last 13 games GWS has won seven, and only one of those was by more than three goals (Brisbane, round 14).
Melbourne by 11
Essendon vs. Carlton
All form lines should point to Essendon winning this one - the Dons have averaged 109 points per game over the last two months, while the Blues have been poor against both Brisbane and Geelong. Carlton's record at the 'G isn't bad, though: they're 4-6 there this year with an average losing margin of just 21 points.
Essendon by 24
Brisbane vs. Western Bulldogs
The Dogs looked back to their best last weekend, and if they reach that level again they can build some percentage, which will be crucial as they continue to push for another finals berth. But they do need to be careful: the Lions have sprung some teams this season.
Western Bulldogs by 30
Western Bulldogs 1.23
North Melbourne vs. Collingwood
Both sides have had roughly similar fortunes this season, being reasonably competitive without notching up the wins. These sides haven't written anything off for the year, either - Collingwood forced a draw with Adelaide last week, while North Melbourne jumped to 16th with a win over Melbourne. Expect this clash to be fierce, and close.
North Melbourne by 7
North Melbourne 2.55
Fremantle vs. Gold Coast
Anything could happen between these two. Fremantle have shown they’re capable of danger (see: GWS, North, Geelong) or disaster (see: Hawthorn, Adelaide, Brisbane). Gold Coast are very much the same, springing wins over North, Hawthorn and West Coast with a bunch of losses in between. Either team could genuinely win this by 40 on their day.
Fremantle by 15
Gold Coast 2.75
St Kilda vs. West Coast
Another true eight-pointer comes between the Saints and Eagles at Etihad. After poor kicking and poor Robbie Gray-watching cost them last weekend, they desperately need this win. The Eagles aren’t doing heaps better, either. Last week’s win over Brisbane was handy but they don’t have a heap of authority on their current top eight spot.
West Coast by 9
St Kilda 1.75
West Coast 2.10
Richmond vs. Hawthorn
The Tigers have been outstanding all year, notching up 12 wins and only twice losing by more than 10 points. But Hawthorn has been outstanding since their bye. They’ve lost just once in six games, despite clashing with all of the top three and four of the top six. This will be close.
Hawthorn by 9
Adelaide vs. Port Adelaide
This Showdown has massive implications, with the Crows trying to lock in a top two spot and the Power doing everything for top four. Both sides have cracked 80 or more in their last five clashes with each other, so expect a high-scoring, high-intensity clash between two quality sides. Chances are it'll be close, too.
Adelaide by 10
Port Adelaide 2.50