AFL: Tips for Round 4

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Port Adelaide Power v Melbourne Demons

Thursday 7th April at Adelaide Oval, 7:40pm

This is a must win game for Port Adelaide and it will not be easy against the reigning premiers. If they start the season 0-4, making the finals becomes extremely difficult. Meanwhile, Melbourne have begun their premiership defence by winning their first three games. There is no doubt Port will put up a fight, but Melbourne should have too much class against the struggling Power.

Demons by 24

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Geelong Cats v Brisbane Lions

Friday 8th April at GMHBA Stadium, 7:50pm

Geelong will be buzzing after their epic come-from-behind win over Collingwood, while the Lions will be full of confidence after trouncing North Melbourne by 108-points which sees them sit at the top of the ladder. A genuine blockbuster between two top teams, this game will likely turn into a high-scoring shootout. Tough to pick a winner, but Geelong have a good record at home.

Cats by 6

Sydney Swans v North Melbourne Kangaroos

Saturday 9th April at SCG, 2:40pm

The Swans will be looking to regain that early season form after going down to the Bulldogs last round, while North Melbourne desperately need to redeem themselves after a humiliating defeat at the Gabba. It is hard to see where the improvement will come from for North Melbourne, especially having to play away from home again. Swans should win comfortably.

Swans by 50

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Collingwood Magpies v West Coast Eagles

Saturday 9th April at Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm

Collingwood were left to rue lost opportunities last round, while West Coast are struggling badly with players missing due to injury and covid. If West Coast lose this weekend, finals will start looking out of reach. Collingwood will be desperate to make up last weeks devastating loss and continue building momentum into their season.

Magpies by 20

Richmond Tigers v Western Bulldogs

Saturday 9th April at MCG, 7:25pm

Both Richmond and the Bulldogs have stumbled out of the blocks in 2022 and will be desperate to get their seasons on track and build some confidence. While both sides look evenly matched on paper, the Bulldogs should have a slight advantage against a depleted Richmond midfield.

Bulldogs by 14

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Fremantle Dockers v Greater Western Sydney Giants

Saturday 9th April at Optus Stadium, 7:25pm

Both sides are coming off convincing wins last round and will be full of confidence. This should be a relatively close game with GWS desperate to stay in touch with the top eight while Fremantle will be looking to consolidate their position on the ladder. A long trip west is always difficult so the Dockers with the home field advantage should be enough to edge out GWS.

Dockers by 8

Essendon Bombers v Adelaide Crows

Sunday 10th April at Marvel Stadium, 1:10pm

Essendon are languishing at the bottom of the ladder, while Adelaide have a spring in their step after their upset win over Port Adelaide last round. This is panic stations for Essendon if they are to keep their finals hopes alive, and they must step up and perform in front of their home fans.

Bombers by 18

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Hawthorne Hawks v St Kilda Saints

Sunday 10th April at MCG, 3:20pm

St Kilda and Hawthorn both enter this clash with 2-1 records after three rounds and this should be another close contest. Hawthorn have looked slightly more impressive than St Kilda and they will be looking to bounce back after their 1-point loss to Carlton last round.

Hawks by 12

Gold Coast Suns v Carlton Blues

Sunday 10th April at Metricon Stadium, 4:10pm

This is a huge opportunity for Carlton to start their season 4-0 despite having to travel to the Gold Coast. The Suns have fought hard in their opening three games but have lacked class at times to take advantage of those big moments in games. It is hard to tip against Carlton in this one.

Blues by 28