Brisbane Lions v Collingwood Magpies
Thursday 14th April at The Gabba, 7:35pm
Both sides were left ruing missed opportunities last round and will be desperate to return to the winners circle. This could be a daunting trip to The Gabba for Collingwood, as the Lions generally respond well after a loss and they are close to full strength. The Lions should win comfortably.
Lions by 28
North Melbourne Kangaroos v Western Bulldogs
Friday 15th April at Marvel Stadium, 4:20pm
Both sides are struggling with just the one win so far this season, and last years grand finalists the Bulldogs will be looking to get their season back on track against a struggling North Melbourne outfit. If they can sort out their inaccuracy issues in front of goal, they should get the win.
Bulldogs by 24
West Coast Eagles v Sydney Swans
Friday 15th April at Optus Stadium, 7:40pm
West Coast are coming off a confidence booting win against Collingwood last round, while the Swans were lucky to escape with their win against a lowly North Melbourne. West Coast’s run of bad luck with injuries to key players continues and the Swans will be looking to improve and consolidate their position in the top eight.
Swans by 20
St Kilda Saints v Gold Coast Suns
Saturday 16th April at Marvel Stadium, 1:45pm
St Kilda are riding high on a three-game winning streak while the Suns are continuing to show improvement as they delivered quite the reality check to Carlton last round. The jury is still out on both sides and this game looks likely to continue a string of close finishes between the two clubs in recent seasons. The Suns record at Marvel is very underwhelming and St Kilda should narrowly edge them out.
Saints by 6
Adelaide Crows v Richmond Tigers
Saturday 16th April at Adelaide Oval, 4:35pm
Richmond will be looking to build some momentum into their season with back-to-back wins while the Crows have fought hard each match this season, but they only have one win to show for it. The Crows have the home field advantage and they will fight hard to cause an upset, but the Tigers should have too much class.
Tigers by 14
Melbourne Demons v Greater Western Sydney Giants
Saturday 16th April at MCG, 7:25pm
Melbourne are a class above the rest at the moment and will be close to full strength. GWS can draw inspiration from their upset win over the Dees last season, but with Toby Greene still a week away from returning, this will be a tough road trip. Melbourne should win comfortably.
Demons by 36
Carlton Blues v Port Adelaide Power
Sunday 17th April at MCG, 1:40pm
Carlton’s dream undefeated start to the season came to a crashing halt last weekend while the winless Port Adelaide languish on the bottom of the ladder. Port are desperate to register a win but their confidence would be shot, while the next challenge in Carlton’s progress is to bounce back after a loss.
Blues by 18
Essendon Bombers v Fremantle Dockers
Sunday 17th April at Marvel Stadium, 4:40pm
Both sides are coming off a win last round, but Fremantle will be looking for three-straight wins to consolidate their position in the top four. This is an important game for Essendon as they must win to stay in touch with the top eight. This should be a close contest, but Essendon may spring an upset in front of their home fans.
Bombers by 10
Hawthorn Hawks v Geelong Cats
Monday 18th April at MCG, 3:20pm
Geelong handed the Lions their first defeat last round, while Hawthorn are reeling from their thumping loss to St Kilda. We should see a fighting response from Hawthorn, but Geelong is a premiership contender and their experience should be enough to get the job done.
Cats by 22