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With seven out of a possible nine in Round 15, hopefully we can improve with our AFL Round 16 Prediction!
Collingwood vs Adelaide
Collingwood had a good win against the Blues on Friday night. Adelaide suffered a home defeat against the improving Eagles. Clearly Adelaide’s form has been pretty average, and they are sorely missing Kurt Tippett and Tex Walker. Brad Crouch is the one shining light besides Dangerfield. Even if Harry O’Brien doesn’t come back into the side (he has been facing some significant personal obstacles after all) Collingwood should have the edge. Collingwood by 18 points.
Port Adelaide vs Hawthorn
Hawthorn had a narrow loss to Geelong last week, and the Kennett Curse continues to plague the team. Port Adelaide fought gallantly against an undermanned Bombers outfit, but was let down by their kicking. The match is being played in Adelaide, which has become a bit of a fortress for the Power this year. But Hawthorn’s class should shine through and they should get the win away from home. Hawthorn by 24 points.
Geelong vs Melbourne
The corresponding game in 2011 saw the demise of Dean Bailey. As it turns out, he was probably doing a pretty good job with the list he was given. At Skilled Stadium, Geelong will win this game in a canter. With excellent young players performing each week, Geelong’s depth is the standout in the competition. Melbourne had improved under the leadership of Neil Craig, but it won’t be enough. Geelong by 90 points.
Richmond vs Gold Coast
Gold Coast got a win over the Tigers last year in the Gold Coast – ruining Richmond’s chances of making finals. Damien Hardwick probably won’t forget that, and will ensure that his players don’t cough up a win against the very solid Suns. The loss to the Kangaroos last week really hurt the Tigers, so they should be trying to make amends. Richmond by 24 points.
Carlton vs St Kilda
Carlton and St Kilda games are usually pretty tight. St Kilda have improved significantly since the start of the year, and should pose a very difficult challenge. Lenny Hayes makes a big difference. Carlton are still trying to stay in touch with the top eight, and the loss last week to Collingwood will sting. With question marks over many of their players and the club, the Blues will come out firing. Carlton by 6 points.
Brisbane vs North Melbourne
This should be a close contest. Brisbane have upped the tempo since their abysmal start. Michael Voss looked like getting sacked, but his players have helped his cause dramatically. It’s been some time since the Lions played the Kangaroos at the Gabba, but they won last time (in 2011). North Melbourne have been close enough to the top sides to get the job done up north – even without Lindsay Thomas. North Melbourne by 12 points.
Sydney vs Greater Western Sydney
The clash of the two Sydney based sides should be interesting in a couple of years. But not yet. Sydney are still performing strongly despite a few minor hiccups, and GWS are still a very average side that occasionally pushes the mid-table teams. Sydney by 72 points.
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon
The Western Bulldogs have upped their game – but still lost to Melbourne a fortnight ago. And only just beat the cellar-dwellers, GWS. Essendon have performed quite consistently despite the humungous pressure over the drugs scandal still hanging over the club and players. This game might be closer than many pundits think – Ryan Griffin is absolutely dominating games at the moment. That said, the depth of the Bombers should prove too much for the Bulldogs. Essendon by 18 points.
West Coast vs Fremantle
The derby is always a fiery contest and this should be the match of the round. The underdog always seems to get up in these games. Last week, Fremantle had a good home win against a solid St Kilda side. West Coast had a great win at Adelaide. Sandilands and Pavlich both played last week, and should start to hit some form. West Coast may get a couple of their injured players (but we won’t know that until closer to the game). Fremantle have beaten the Eagles the last two times that they’ve played, so using that form, they should have a slight edge. Fremantle by 1 point.