There are no Thursday night games this week, but I had to send this out early. Round 18 is nearly upon us and there are a lot of teams still in contention for the bottom 8 ladder positions. Making a lot of these games ‘Must Win’ games. Let’s have a look..
St Kilda v Richmond
Another snoozer Friday night clash! We see Richmond travel across to the other side of the CBD to take on the Saints. The Tigers come off a tough loss to GWS whilst the Saints come off a huge win against Carlton. The Saints shouldn’t cause the Tigers much trouble.
Tigers by 35pts
Collingwood v North Melbourne
This is one of 3 games that are 50/50 and could definitely cause some tipping chaos. 3rd plays 9th and both teams will be looking for the win. The Pies have won the past 6 of their last 9 encounters and have the wood over the Roos. The Pies backline might struggle against Daw and Brown, so their midfield will have to be on. You won’t want to miss this game.
Pies by 10pts
Sydney v Gold Coast
Sydney have been average at the SCG this year, so luckily they are only playing the Suns there this week. The Swans are one of two teams the Suns are yet to defeat. This will mark their ninth loss to the Swans.
Swans by 40pts
Essendon v Fremantle
Saturday afternoon will see Freo travel to Etihad to take on the Bombers. Freo were impressive against Port last weekend and they should of flogged Port but their goal kicking skills are non-existent! The Suns gave Bomber fans heart palpitations until three qtr. time, until the Bombers decided to wake up and keep their finals contentions alive. Freo have dominated the Bombers in the past winning the last 5/6 games and have won the past 9/10. Freo will be without Sandilands and Hill for this game. This will be a close game until half time when the Bombers take flight.
Bombers by 32pts
Brisbane v Adelaide
The Lions have been super competitive all season and have just started to string some wins together. Crows have been very up and down this season, they looked impressive against Geelong last week and the whole team played their hearts out. The Crows have a good record against Brisbane and at the Gabba and with Darren cheering them on from the stands I am sure they will get the win for him.
Crows by 30pts
Geelong v Melbourne
Second hardest game to tip and a big Saturday night games for finals. This game should be an absolute ripper! Usually I would never tip against Geelong at the Cattery, however, I am calling for an upset here.
Dees by 4pts
Carlton v Hawthorn
What can I say?...
Hawks by 60pts
West Coast v Western Bulldogs
Whilst the Eagles ended a 23 year losing streak against Collingwood at the MCG last weekend, they also saw big man Nic Nat potentially sidelined for another year. You have got to feel for the guy. The Doggies will struggle against the Eagles in Perth and I can’t see them stopping Kennedy and Darling from firing up.
Eagles by 32pts
Port Adelaide v Greater Western Sydney
This should be a great game to end the round. I tipped Port to win last week and it reminded me why I rarely tip them. GWS are showing how resilient they are and will prove to be too good for Port.
Giants by 13pts
Have a fantastic weekend and if you are a Crows supporter get on down to Elizabeth oval and cheer on Brodie Smith who is back playing footy after his ACL injury. Go Crows!