AFL: Tips for Round 16

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Brisbane Lions v Western Bulldogs

Thursday 30th June at The Gabba, 7:20pm

Brisbane saved one of their worst performances of the season for their highly anticipated blockbuster against Melbourne, while the Bulldogs made a statement against Hawthorn to climb into the top eight. This should be a hard fought contest, but the Lions at home usually take their game to another level, a level the Bulldogs have not reached this season.

Lions by 18

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Carlton Blues v St Kilda Saints

Friday 1st July at Marvel Stadium, 7:50pm

Carlton proved they are a premiership threat with their impressive win over Fremantle last round, while St Kilda are in freefall down the ladder after three-straight defeats. Despite their form slump, there is no reason why St Kilda cannot turn things around and get their season back on track. Carlton will be looking to build consistency in the run to the finals and on current form, they should edge out the Saints in a close one.

Blues by 16

Essendon Bombers v Sydney Swans

Saturday 2nd July at MCG, 1:45pm

Essendon’s season of woe hit rock bottom last round, going down to hapless West Coast. Sydney will be looking to force their way back into the top four after their thumping win over St Kilda. Essendon will be looking to salvage some pride for the remainder of the season, but Sydney should win comfortably.

Swans by 40

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Adelaide Crows v Melbourne Demons

Saturday 2nd July at Adelaide Oval, 4:35pm

Melbourne snapped a three-game losing streak with a thumping win over Brisbane to reclaim top spot on the ladder. Adelaide delivered a thumping win of their own over North Melbourne, but that does not change the fact their season is all but done as far as qualifying for the finals is concerned. It is difficult to see anything other than one way traffic at the Adelaide Oval. Melbourne by plenty.

Demons by 52

Geelong Cats v North Melbourne Kangaroos

Saturday 2nd July at GMHBA Stadium, 7:25pm

Geelong have subtly made their way up to second position after five-straight wins. North Melbourne find themselves in the all to familiar position of last place after another drubbing last round. It is hard to see them avoiding the wooden spoon from here. Geelong should comfortably make it six-straight and achieve a healthy percentage boost with a huge win at home.

Cats by 78

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Gold Coast Suns v Collingwood Magpies

Saturday 2nd July at Metricon Stadium, 7:25pm

Gold Coast will be ruing a missed opportunity to go equal eighth on points with their two-point loss to Port Adelaide last round. Collingwood are flying on the back of five-straight wins, but need to keep their form rolling to consolidate their position in the top eight. Gold Coast need a win to keep their finals hopes alive, but on current form, Collingwood might be too good, even on the road.

Magpies by 15

Richmond Tigers v West Coast Eagles

Sunday 3rd July at MCG, 2:10pm

Richmond’s quest for a finals appearance hit a roadblock last round, in a heartbreaking three-point loss to Geelong. West Coast finally gave their fans something to cheer about, recording just their second win of the season against a woeful Essendon to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder. They should be brought back to reality at the ‘G’ though, Richmond to win, and win big.

Tigers by 56

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Greater Western Sydney Giants v Hawthorn Hawks

Sunday 3rd July at GIANTS Stadium, 3:20pm

Two sides with virtually similar records this season, therefore it is a toss of the coin as to who wins this one. Both sides have shown plenty of fight this season but have lacked the added class required to close out more wins. On current form, GWS have won two of their past five, but their wins were against the bottom two sides while Hawthorn have lost four-straight, but GWS will have the advantage of playing at home.

Giants by 6

Fremantle Dockers v Port Adelaide Power

Sunday 3rd July at Optus Stadium, 5:20pm

Fremantle were delivered a reality check last round by Carlton, while Port Adelaide have kept their finals hopes alive with two-straight wins. The season is edging towards each game becoming do-or-die for Port Adelaide, and they simply must find a way to win over in the west to stay within reach of the top eight. But with the battle for top four spots starting to heat up, expect Fremantle to reproduce their best footy.

Dockers by 26