Collingwood Magpies v Western Bulldogs
Friday 13th May at Marvel Stadium, 7:50pm
Both Collingwood and the Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back from disappointing losses last round. This is an important game because the loser will find themselves two wins behind eighth position, making a finals appearance all the more difficult. This should be a close game, but expect the Bulldogs better execute in those clutch moments.
Bulldogs by 8
Hawthorn Hawks v Richmond Tigers
Saturday 14th May at MCG, 1:45pm
Richmond have been inconsistent for most of the season but they look to be getting back to their best footy, while Hawthorn continue to struggle, losing their last three. The momentum sits with Richmond and they will be looking to consolidate their position in the top eight.
Tigers by 22
North Melbourne Kangaroos v Port Adelaide Power
Saturday 14th May at Blundstone Arena, 2:10pm
Port Adelaide have emphatically risen from the bottom of the ladder to be on the cusp of the top eight, while lowly North Melbourne languish in second-last. Port will be motivated and confident of achieving an unlikely finals appearance, and they should continue their rise up the ladder by disposing of the Kangaroos in Tassie.
Power by 48
St Kilda Saints v Geelong Cats
Saturday 14th May at Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm
St Kilda will be desperate to avoid three straight losses, while Geelong will be looking to find some consistency and stay in touch with the top four. St Kilda are a broadly improved side and should deliver a much better performance this weekend, but Geelong’s class and experience should see them edge out the Saints in a close one.
Cats by 12
Sydney Swans v Essendon Bombers
Saturday 14th May at SCG, 7:25pm
Sydney will be looking to repay their home fans with a strong performance after their dismal upset loss to the Suns last round. Essendon will be looking to build on their drought-breaking win over Hawthorn with another improved performance, but the Swans at home might be a challenge too tough as they look to avoid slipping out of the top eight.
Swans by 19
Adelaide Crows v Brisbane Lions
Saturday 14th May at Adelaide Oval, 7:40pm
The pressure is on Adelaide at home to knock off the second-best team in the competition if they wish to keep their finals hopes alive. Brisbane shellacked an undermanned West Coast last round in what looked like a training run. It is hard to see their five-game winning streak coming to end this weekend, as they should comfortably outscore the Crows.
Lions by 40
Gold Coast Suns v Fremantle Dockers
Sunday 15th May at Metricon Stadium, 1:40pm
Gold Coast will be buoyed by their upset win over the Swans in Sydney last round, while Fremantle have proven to be the real deal this season as they sit pretty in second position on the ladder. The Suns have competed hard in most of their games this season, but Fremantle are on another level at the moment and should prove to be too clinical when it is all said and done.
Dockers by 28
Greater Western Sydney Giants v Carlton Blues
Sunday 15th May at GIANTS Stadium, 3:20pm
GWS were trounced by Geelong last round, while Carlton are coming off back-to-back wins, comfortably disposing of the hapless Kangaroos and Crows. This should be a tougher challenge for them away from home, but Carlton will be determined to hold onto their spot in the top four by edging out the Giants in what might be a scrappy game if conditions are wet.
Blues by 15
West Coast Eagles v Melbourne Demons
Sunday 15th May at Optus Stadium, 5:20pm
In what is perhaps the biggest mismatch of the season, the injury and covid hit West Coast who languish in last place, take on ladder leaders and reigning premiers Melbourne. Barring an actual miracle, Melbourne should win and it will be up to them to determine by how many.
Demons by 80
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