AFL: Tips for Round 21

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Melbourne Demons v Collingwood Magpies

Friday 5th August at MCG, 7:50pm

A mouth-watering top four clash to kick off the round. Melbourne delivered a statement win over fellow premiership-heavyweights Fremantle last round, while Collingwood have now won 10-straight to move up to third position. Although Collingwood have continuously escaped with close wins, Melbourne are one side who more often than not, deliver in the clutch moments when games are on the line.

Demons by 4

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Hawthorn Hawks v Gold Coast Suns

Saturday 6th August at University of Tasmania Stadium, 1:45pm

Gold Coast are still a mathematical chance at playing finals, but they will have to win their remaining three games and hope other results go their way. Hawthorn have been in good form over the past month despite narrowly going down to St Kilda last round. This should be a very competitive matchup, but a loss all but ends the season for the Gold Coast, so they will be desperate.

Suns by 16

Greater Western Sydney Giants v Essendon Bombers

Saturday 6th August at GIANTS Stadium, 2:10pm

A dead-rubber fixture. GWS have lost four-straight to slump to third-last and the season cannot end soon enough for them. Essendon have come alive in recent weeks, winning four of their last 5 games, but unfortunately the turnaround in form has come too late in the season. And based on recent form, Essendon should add more misery on the lowly Giants.

Bombers by 20

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Western Bulldogs v Fremantle Dockers

Saturday 6th August at Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm

This game has high-stakes written all over it. The 10th-placed Bulldogs are one win outside of the top eight, as they are well entrenched in a five-way battle for two finals spots. Fremantle are coming off two losses and a draw in the past three weeks, but need this win to stay in touch with the top four. With games against West Coast and GWS to come, a top four finish and/or a home final is potentially on the line in this match for Fremantle, but on current form, the Bulldogs should be primed to cause the upset.

Bulldogs by 12

Geelong Cats v St Kilda Saints

Saturday 6th August at GMHBA Stadium, 7:25pm

Geelong continue to cruise at the top of the ladder, while St Kilda have recorded vital back-to-back wins to return to the top eight. Unfortunately their spot in the top eight might be short lived though, and a loss would mean they will be sweating on Richmond and the Bulldogs to lose their games as well. Geelong have been incredible at home this season and should cruise to another comfortable win.

Cats by 41

The Gabba, Brisbane

Port Adelaide Power v Richmond Tigers

Saturday 6th August at Adelaide Oval, 7:40pm

Port Adelaide have lost three-straight which has all but ended their 2022 campaign, while Richmond produced an epic comeback win over Brisbane last round to keep their finals hopes alive. With three rounds to go, Richmond will be desperate to get the win, which will ensure they remain ahead of the Bulldogs and potentially regain eighth position. Unfortunately for Port Adelaide, that disastrous start to their season has come back to bite them. Richmond to secure another important win.

Tigers by 19

North Melbourne Kangaroos v Sydney Swans

Sunday 7th August at Marvel Stadium, 1:10pm

North Melbourne have three rounds left to avoid a second-consecutive wooden spoon, while this game presents a huge opportunity for Sydney to boost their percentage and give themselves a genuine chance of a top four finish. Expect this contest to be one-way traffic. A motivated Sydney should win by plenty.

Swans by 58

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Brisbane Lions v Carlton Blues

Sunday 7th August at The Gabba, 3:20pm

Brisbane will be ruing a missed opportunity to consolidate their position in the top four, surrendering a huge lead to go down to Richmond last round. Carlton suffered a bad loss as well, going down to the 15th-placed Crows to leave their finals hopes in serious jeopardy. So this is a high-stakes game for both sides, but Brisbane are a formidable challenge when they are at home at the Gabba.

Lions by 24

West Coast Eagles v Adelaide Crows

Sunday 7th August at Optus Stadium, 4:10pm

Another dead-rubber game. West Coast are still in a battle with North Melbourne to avoid the wooden spoon, and they almost pulled off a huge upset against Gold Coast last round. Adelaide broke their long run of losses with a major boilover against Carlton. Although nothing is at stake in this game, both sides are still playing for pride. On paper, Adelaide are the better side and should go back-to-back with a win out west.

Crows by 17

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