AFL: Tips for Round 19

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Richmond Tigers v Fremantle Dockers

Friday 22nd July at Marvel Stadium, 7:50pm

With the pressure of qualifying for finals footy, eighth-placed Richmond will be ruing two-straight single-digit losses to Gold Coast and lowly North Melbourne, while Fremantle suffered a costly loss to Sydney last round to find themselves in a battle to remain in the top four. There is a lot riding on this game for both sides, but Fremantle might be prove to be more desperate to ensure two-bites of the cherry come finals time.

Dockers by 16

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North Melbourne Kangaroos v Hawthorn Hawks

Saturday 23rd July at Blundstone Arena, 1:45pm

North Melbourne have shown some life in the past two weeks, falling agonizingly short of a shock upset against Collingwood before causing a boilover against Richmond to snap a 14-game losing streak. Hawthorn have also found some late season form with back-to-back wins as they look to instill some pride back in the guernsey. With both sides showing improvement, this could be a high quality game despite being a dead rubber. Hawthorn to go three in-a-row.

Hawks by 20

Sydney Swans v Adelaide Crows

Saturday 23rd July at SCG, 1:45pm

Sydney will be looking to consolidate their position in the top eight with a third-straight win, while Adelaide will be looking to back up a spirited performance despite falling short to Collingwood last round. Adelaide have nothing to play for except pride, but Sydney have a lot to play for and need to continue building momentum as we head towards the finals.

Swans by 40

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Port Adelaide Power v Geelong Cats

Saturday 23rd July at Adelaide Oval, 4:35pm

The 11th-placed Port Adelaide are currently one win behind eighth position and each of their remaining five games are do-or-die if they are to give themselves a chance at playing finals. Geelong just keep winning and the challenge for them is holding off Melbourne to claim the minor premiership. Port Adelaide will be desperate, but expect Geelong to put a nail in the coffin of Port’s season.

Cats by 22

Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns

Saturday 23rd July at The Gabba, 7:10pm

The second Q-Clash of the season has a lot riding on it, as an inconsistent Brisbane will be desperate to hold on to their position in the top four, while the 12th-placed Gold Coast who are in a similar position to Port Adelaide, must win or their season is as good as over in regards to finals. Although Brisbane has struggled with injury/covid issues in recent weeks, it is time for them to step up and remind the rest of the competition they are still a serious premiership threat.

Lions by 35

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne Demons

Saturday 23rd July at Marvel Stadium, 7:25pm

Another high-stakes game, especially for the Bulldogs who still find themselves in ninth position. Melbourne will be looking to deliver a devastating blow to their grand final opponents from last season and keep the pressure on Geelong in the battle for the minor premiership. Although a loss does not spell the end of the Bulldogs season, it is hard to see them toppling the Dees.

Demons by 28

Carlton Blues v Greater Western Sydney Giants

Sunday 24th July at Marvel Stadium, 1:10pm

A spot in the finals is not yet ensured for an inconsistent Carlton, but a win over GWS who are out of the finals race, will give them some breathing room heading into the final month of the home-and-away season. GWS are merely looking to build for next season, but Carlton should be desperate enough to deliver a clinical performance of which they are capable.

Blues by 29

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Collingwood Magpies v Essendon Bombers

Sunday 24th July at MCG, 3:20pm

The high-flying Magpies have won eight-straight to find themselves in fifth position, while Essendon have turned around a season of woe by winning three-straight against teams above them on the ladder. Realistically, Essendon are out of finals contention but they will be looking to keep the roll going, however Collingwood are playing a tough brand of footy at the moment and will be looking to put pressure on the top four sides.

Magpies by 10

West Coast Eagles v St Kilda Saints

Sunday 24th July at Optus Stadium, 4:40pm

West Coast find themselves in a battle to fend off North Melbourne to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon, while St Kilda desperately need to put a halt to their freefall down the ladder and get themselves back into finals contention. Considering the teams around St Kilda all have tough matchups this round, with all due respect to West Coast, but this is a huge opportunity for St Kilda to edge closer to eighth position with a big win at home.

Saints by 32