AFL: Tips for Round 8

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Port Adelaide Power v Western Bulldogs

Friday 6th May at Adelaide Oval, 7:30pm

Port Adelaide will be looking to continue making up for lost ground after winning their last two, while the inconsistent Bulldogs have their sights set on returning to the top eight. Port will be confident they can go on a run if they can knock over last years grand finalists at home, but the Bulldogs know the consequences if they lose, so they will be up for the challenge.

Bulldogs by 14

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Fremantle Dockers v North Melbourne Kangaroos

Friday 6th May at Optus Stadium, 8:40pm

Fremantle have proven that they are the real deal in 2022 after edging out premiership heavyweights Geelong last round, while hapless North Melbourne continue to languish in second last. Although North has shown glimpses of improvement, they are still unable to put together a complete four-quarter performance. The trip west should prove too much against a Dockers side high on confidence.

Dockers by 44

Richmond Tigers v Collingwood Magpies

Saturday 7th May at MCG, 1:45pm

Richmond produced their best performance of the year last round, trouncing lowly West Coast by 109-points, while Collingwood outgunned the Suns to hold onto eighth spot. A win for Richmond would see them overtake Collingwood on the ladder and with the return of Dusty Martin, they will be up for the challenge in front of a massive MCG crowd.

Tigers by 12

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Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns

Saturday 7th May at SCG, 1:45pm

Sydney would have taken a lot out of their close loss to Brisbane last round, while Gold Coast fell just short again is a hard-fought loss to Collingwood. Although the Suns have improved this season, they are still unable to close out games. A win for Sydney could see them return to the top four, they should be too good.

Swans by 20

Greater Western Sydney Giants v Geelong Cats

Saturday 7th May at Manuka Oval, 4:35pm

GWS secured a much needed win over an improving Crows, while Geelong will be looking to bounce back after their 3-point loss to Fremantle. Geelong are always up after a loss and that does not bode well for GWS. Expect the Giants to give it a real hot crack in cool Canberra, but Geelong’s experience should comfortably see them over the line.

Cats by 26

The Gabba, Brisbane

Essendon Bombers v Hawthorn Hawks

Saturday 7th May at Marvel Stadium, 7:25pm

It has been a dismal year for Essendon with just one win on the board, while Hawthorn have lost four of their past five. Both sides would not be inspiring much confidence for their supporters, but Hawthorn have shown much better form of the two, going down in a few close contests against top sides. And they will be desperate to ensure they keep themselves in finals contention.

Hawks by 10

Brisbane Lions v West Coast Eagles

Saturday 7th May at The Gabba, 7:25pm

Brisbane solidified themselves as the second best team in the competition currently, as they took down fellow top four side, the Swans, while the hapless Eagles were embarrassed by Richmond in front of their home fans. This is the most lopsided match of the round between the team running second and the team running dead last. The Lions at fortress Gabba, they will win by plenty.

Lions by 65

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Melbourne Demons v St Kilda Saints

Sunday 8th May at MCG, 1:10pm

This will be interesting game between two top four sides. St Kilda went down to Port by a point last round in difficult conditions up in the tropics, while Melbourne saw off a spirited Hawthorn. This should be a fast-paced game, and the Saints will absolutely be up for it, but it is almost impossible to tip against the reigning premiers at the moment.

Demons by 19

Carlton Blues v Adelaide Crows

Sunday 8th May at Marvel Stadium, 4:40pm

Carlton will be looking to find some consistency after going win-loss-win-loss-win in recent weeks, while Adelaide will be desperate to make up their big loss last round against GWS and stay in touch with the top eight. This shapes to be a close game, but Carlton have the advantage of playing in front of their home fans and should edge out the Crows.

Blues by 8