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With a solid eight out of nine last week, we’re hoping to achieve those lofty heights again for our AFL Round 19 Prediction. With a couple of close games, it’ll be difficult but here we go!
North Melbourne vs Geelong
North Melbourne had a big win over the Demons last week, while the Cats smashed the Saints down in Geelong. The Kangaroos have pushed the quality teams this year, but are going to miss the finals due to their poor performances against the mid table sides. Don’t be surprised if North Melbourne take a big lead and even snatch a win in this match. Earlier this year North were very close to beating the Cats in a thriller – but succumbing by four points. But Geelong should be professional enough to get this win leading into the finals. Geelong by 18 points.
Greater Western Sydney vs Melbourne
These are the two worst teams in the AFL, and if more than five thousand people turn up to the game most people would be surprised. The Giants have pushed sides in the last few weeks, and Jeremy Cameron looks set to be an absolute superstar. Melbourne have improved under Neil Craig, but not enough to get a win – or for Craig to get the job at the end of the year. Greater Western Sydney by 12 points.
Hawthorn vs Richmond
Hawthorn were fantastic against the Bombers last week. Annihilating the team in second position, and illustrating their top football has sent shivers through the competition. Richmond went to Sydney and lost by 47 points, which will have been tough on the players – particularly with the Swans’ tough uncompromising game style. The Hawks should continue to improve with the hope of playing their best football during the finals. Hawthorn by 30 points.
West Coast vs Gold Coast
The Eagles lost to the Bulldogs, and are performing poorly and likely to miss the finals. The Suns have played some good football, but will find the longest travel distance in the AFL fixture difficult to overcome. With a number of injuries to key personnel, West Coast will find it difficult to win – even at Patersons Stadium. But a loss would mean the end of John Worsfold, one of the club’s greats. West Coast by 24 points.
Carlton vs Fremantle
Both teams are performing quite well, with Carlton overcoming the Suns up north last week and Fremantle defeating Adelaide at home. The Dockers have been solid travellers this year, and will bring a tight, defensive game that Carlton will find difficult to penetrate. Carlton are travelling quite nicely at the moment, so the result will be close. Carlton are favourites, but Fremantle should get the job done if they are genuine top four material. Fremantle by 12 points.
Bisbane vs St Kilda
Brisbane were narrowly defeated by the resurgent Power last week, but went down fighting. St Kilda were smashed at Geelong and look like a spent force. Brisbane has played some excellent football this season and despite their poor start have proved formidable in the last two months. Up in Brisbane, you
can should count on the Lions to win this one. Brisbane by 24 points.
Western Bulldogs vs Sydney
Sydney will win this game because they are one of the top three sides in the competition. Beating a potential finalist in the Tigers last week comprehensively proves that the Swans are still on track to penetrate deep into the finals this year. The Bulldogs had a great win against the Eagles – but it won’t be enough. Sydney by 30 points.
Adelaide vs Port Adelaide
The two Adelaide sides are always fiery in the hometown clash. Historically the underdog frequently gets the win. Adelaide lost to a quality Fremantle side, while Port just beat the improving Lions at home. Port’s young players have performed remarkable well so far, and they should be able to continue until the end of the season. Adelaide still misses the big talls of Tippett and Walker, and won’t be featuring in the finals this year – and therefore have less to gain from a win. Expect this to be a close contest. Port Adelaide by 6 points.
Collingwood vs Essendon
The ANZAC day rematch will prove interesting as both these sides have had average form. smashed by the Hawks last week, the Bombers will want to get back on the winners list. Still likely to be missing Jobe Watson with a broken collarbone, the Bombers may still be without other key personnel. The Pies had a very close game against the Giants at home, and had a bad loss to the Suns the previous week. If Collingwood lose this game, then their season is starting to look in trouble. If the Bombers lose, then their top four place is likely to be snatched away by Fremantle and Sydney. It’s a must win game for both sides, but the Bombers should get up. Essendon by 2 points.