AFL: Tips for Round 17

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Geelong Cats v Melbourne Demons

Thursday 7th July at GMHBA Stadium, 7:20pm

It is first verses second in a blockbuster opening match of the round. Geelong are cruising on a six-game winning streak, while Melbourne have returned to form with back-to-back wins. With seven rounds to go, both sides will be looking to shore up their spots in the top four heading into the business end. This is a tough game to predict, but on current form, Geelong might pull off an upset at home.

Cats by 7

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Sydney Swans v Western Bulldogs

Friday 8th July at SCG, 7:50pm

Both Swans and Bulldogs are well entrenched in a congested mid-table fighting for spots in the top eight. Sydney bombed a huge opportunity last round against a lowly Essendon, while the Bulldogs failed to get the job done against the Lions. Times are getting desperate for both sides and a loss for the Bulldogs will make a finals appearance all the more difficult. For Sydney, playing in front of their home fans might help ease the pressure they are under.

Swans by 14

Collingwood Magpies v North Melbourne Kangaroos

Saturday 9th July at MCG, 1:45pm

Collingwood are arguably the form side of the competition right now as they come up against a woeful, last-placed North Melbourne. This is no time for complacency for Collingwood, as finals spots could come down to percentages, and they currently have the lowest percentage of the top 11 teams on the ladder. They need to win, and win big.

Magpies by 58

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Gold Coast Suns v Richmond Tigers

Saturday 9th July at Metricon Stadium, 4:35pm

Gold Coast are ruing back-to-back single-digit losses to find themselves two wins outside of the top eight. Richmond will be looking to consolidate their position in the top eight and potentially join the fight for a top four position with a win. You could argue each game is now do-or-die for a desperate Gold Coast side, but Richmond should have too much class.

Tigers by 18

St Kilda Saints v Fremantle Dockers

Saturday 9th July at Marvel Stadium, 7:25pm

St Kilda returned to the winners circle with an upset win over Carlton last round, while Fremantle escaped with a win over a desperate Port Adelaide. St Kilda currently sit in ninth position and need a win to potentially scrape back in to the top eight. For Fremantle, they will be looking to consolidate their top four position and continue to solidify themselves as a genuine premiership threat, and they should be too strong for St Kilda.

Dockers by 22

Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast

Port Adelaide Power v Greater Western Sydney Giants

Saturday 9th July at Adelaide Oval, 7:30pm

Mathematically, Port Adelaide can still qualify for the finals, but they may need to win all of their remaining seven games. The season is over for GWS as it relates to the finals, but they will be looking to finish the season strong as they look towards 2023. With Port Adelaide still having something to play for, they should be desperate enough to get the win at home.

Power by 26

Brisbane Lions v Essendon Bombers

Sunday 10th July at The Gabba, 1:10pm

Brisbane returned to their best last round after an inconsistent month which put their top four spot in slight jeopardy. Essendon more than likely avoided any realistic chance of finishing last with an upset win over Sydney, but they face a daunting trip to fortress Gabba to take on a premiership heavyweight and if they do not show some fight, this could get ugly for them. Brisbane to continue playing themselves back into top form.

Lions by 52

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Hawthorn Hawks v Adelaide Crows

Sunday 10th July Marvel Stadium, 3:20pm

A battle between two struggling sides out of finals contention, this game could turn into a bit of a bludger, but a close bludger nonetheless. Hawthorn have lost five-straight while Adelaide have recorded wins over the bottom two teams in the past months. It would not be a surprise if Hawthorn snaps their losing streak, but Adelaide have shown they can at least beat the teams below them on the ladder.

Crows by 12

West Coast Eagles v Carlton Blues

Sunday 10th July at Optus Stadium, 4:40pm

West Coast have begun showing signs of improvement in recent weeks, while Carlton have gone win-loss-win-loss-win-loss over their past six games. West Coast merely playing for pride in the guernsey, but Carlton are playing for a top four finish which gives them a double bite of the cherry in the finals. It is time for Carlton to make a statement.

Blues by 39