AFL: Tips for Round 14

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Richmond Tigers v Carlton Blues

Thursday 16th June at MCG, 7:20pm

This is an important clash for both sides as Richmond need a win to stay in touch with the top eight, while a win for Carlton ensures they hold on to their spot in the top four. Both sides are evenly matched on paper and on recent form, but Richmond look to be building nicely and may spring an upset in a close contest.

Tigers by 10

St Kilda Saints v Essendon Bombers

Friday 17th June at Marvel Stadium, 7:50pm

St Kilda will be looking to bounce back from their tough loss to the Lions, but they should have taken a lot out of that game as to where they need to improve if they are to challenge for a premiership. As for Essendon, they sit third-last and are staring down a five-game losing streak. They should be comfortably disposed of by a quality St Kilda outfit.

Saints by 42

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Port Adelaide Power v Sydney Swans

Saturday 18th June at Adelaide Oval , 1:45pm

Port Adelaide might have to start treating every game as an elimination final, with their mid-season resurgence coming to a halt after losing two of their past three games, making a finals appearance all the more difficult from here. Sydney will be looking to capitalize on big wins against Richmond and Melbourne and consolidate their position in the top eight. But for them, consistency is key.

Swans by 14

West Coast Eagles v Geelong Cats

Saturday 18th June at Optus Stadium, 4:35pm

There is not much you can say about the last-placed West Coast Eagles apart from this being a season that cannot end soon enough for them. They are simply playing for pride. For Geelong, a top four finish may come down to percentages so they will be desperate to put on a big score.

Cats by 68

Optus Stadium, Perth (Pic: Tama Leaver – flickr)

Greater Western Sydney Giants v Western Bulldogs

Saturday 18th June at GIANTS Stadium, 7:25pm

Finals is starting to look out of reach for GWS but they will still be motivated by the mathematical chance they can still make it. The pressure however, will be on the Bulldogs as last years grand finalists will be desperate to stay in touch with the top eight. This is a toss of the coin game, but GWS with the home ground advantage against a Bulldogs side under more pressure, they may cause the upset of the round.

Giants by 12

Gold Coast Suns v Adelaide Crows

Sunday 19th June at Metricon Stadium, 3:20pm

Gold Coast have won four of their last five to keep their finals hopes alive, and a win over a struggling Crows will have a number of teams looking over their shoulder. For Adelaide, although they are still a mathematical chance at qualifying for the finals, realistically their season is all but over and should start building for next season by finishing strong this year. Gold Coast are playing with confidence at the moment and should collect the four-points at home.

Suns by 24

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Round 14 Byes: Brisbane Lions, Collingwood Magpies, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Hawthorn Hawks, Fremantle Dockers, Melbourne Demons