Sydney Swans v Richmond Tigers
Friday 27th May at SCG, 7:50pm
Both Sydney and Richmond are clinging on to seventh and eighth position on the ladder, with the Bulldogs and Collingwood hot on their heels, so this is an important clash for both sides to consolidate their position in the top eight. The Swans have struggled with consistancy in recent weeks, while Richmond have been consistently good and should ride the wave of momentum with an upset win.
Tigers by 10
Brisbane Lions v Greater Western Sydney Giants
Saturday 28th May at The Gabba, 1:45pm
GWS might be in for a long afternoon against Brisbane, who suffered a shock loss to Hawthorn last round where they blew a comfortable lead and were on the wrong end of some woeful umpiring calls. GWS will be desperate to keep their faint finals hopes alive, but they have to get it done at Fortress Gabba against a Brisbane side expected to return to their clinical best.
Lions by 37
Geelong Cats v Adelaide Crows
Saturday 28th May at GMHBA Stadium, 1:45pm
Geelong will be out to break their win-loss-win-loss-win cycle as they edge closer to the top four, while Adelaide are in freefall on the back of four-straight losses. This will be a tough road trip for the struggling Crows, as Geelong at home should prove too strong with a comfortable, momentum building win.
Cats by 42
Melbourne Demons v Fremantle Dockers
Saturday 28th May at MCG, 4:35pm
It is a top four blockbuster, but Fremantle are staring down the barrel of three-straight losses and the possibility of slipping out of the top four if they are unable to knock-off the undefeated reigning premiers. The only way Melbourne loses is if complacency creeps into their game after a couple of easy wins against bottom sides in recent weeks, but they are simply too ruthless and too professional.
Demons by 26
West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs
Saturday 28th May at Optus Stadium, 7:30pm
The Bulldogs have a golden opportunity to equal eighth position on competition points with a big win over the last-placed West Coast Eagles. The season is all but a complete write off for West Coast and another big loss at home against a desperate Bulldogs looking for three wins in-a-row, is almost inevitable.
Bulldogs by 52
Gold Coast Suns v Hawthorn Hawks
Saturday 28th May at TIO Stadium (NT), 7:40pm
This is a flip of the coin game between the 12th placed Gold Coast and 13th placed Hawthorn, but the latter causing a boilover against the premiership heavyweight Brisbane Lions last round, would have given the players a new lease on life as it relates to their season. Both sides are still a chance of playing finals, but Hawthorn will have a spring in their step and should edge out the Suns in a close one.
Hawks by 12
St Kilda Saints v North Melbourne Kangaroos
Sunday 29th May at Marvel Stadium, 1:10pm
St Kilda have a massive opportunity to re-enter the top four with a win over a hapless North Melbourne outfit. At this point, the Kangaroos might be content if they are able to do enough to stay ahead of the last-placed West Coast on percentages. This will be a one-sided contest, St Kilda by plenty.
Saints by 67
Collingwood Magpies v Carlton Blues
Sunday 29th May at MCG, 3:20pm
Carlton are riding high on a four-game winning streak to sit third, while Collingwood recorded a much needed win over Fremantle. Another win over another top four side would significantly increase Collingwood’s finals chances as they sit on the cusp of the top eight, but on current form, Carlton should prove too strong at the ‘G’.
Blues by 19
Port Adelaide Power v Essendon Bombers
Sunday 29th May at Adelaide Oval, 4:40pm
Port Adelaide’s impressive resurgence up the ladder came to a grinding halt last round against Geelong, while Essendon continue to languish towards the bottom of the ladder. This will prove to be another tough road trip for the struggling Bombers, as a rampant Port Adelaide will be desperate to stay in touch with the top eight.
Power by 46