AFL Prediction: 2013 Season

Jobe Watson

Halfway through the AFL season, and it’s time to predict which teams will make the finals this year. Fortunately, the AFL website has provided a fantastic tool – the Ladder Predictor.

While many of the matches may seem easy to choose a winner, some are quite difficult, and those matches are listed below. Let the AFL prediction begin!

Close Calls

Round 13

Fremantle vs North Melbourne. I’ve chosen Fremantle because they’ve demonstrated superb form lately (the only side to push Sydney recently) and North Melbourne have not actually been winning many matches.

AFL Prediction: Round 13

Round 13

Round 14

West Coast vs Essendon. I’ve chosen Essendon. Partly because Perth is no longer a fortress for the Eagles anymore. And partly because Essendon has been in reasonable form and has travelled well this year.

Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs. I’ve chosen the Western Bulldogs. It seems that there could be little else that could go wrong with the Melbourne Football Club. But I suspect something may crop up in the next week or two. Maybe Mark Neeld gets sacked (can’t believe this happened today)! Maybe the board gets spilled. Maybe an AGM is called. Who knows – but the Bulldogs can sneak a win. My only concern is that it’s played at the MCG, and the Doggies simply don’t have much experience playing on that pitch.

AFL Prediction: Round 14

Round 14

Round 15

Geelong vs Hawthorn. I’ve chosen Geelong. Let Jeff Kennett’s curse continue! If you’re not doing anything that weekend – and you’re in Melbourne – get to the game. Just do it! While Paul Chapman is alive, he will never ever allow Hawthorn to win.

AFL Prediction: Round 15

Round 15

Round 16

West Coast vs Fremantle. I’ve chosen Fremantle – even though the Derby always seems to have an upset! Fremantle are the better football team at the moment, and the Eagles continually let me down.

AFL Prediction: Round 16

Round 16

Round 17

North Melbourne vs Carlton. I’ve chosen North Melbourne. This should be a fantastic, and fast paced game. North Melbourne are very good at Etihad, and they should get up – even though they will have travelled from Brisbane the week before.

AFL Prediction: Round 17

Round 17

Round 18

Essendon vs Hawthorn. I’ve chosen Hawthorn. By this stage of the season, Hawthorn should have Cyril up and running, and Buddy always fires against the Bombers. Sorry Cale Hooker, but I suspect you will have another long night ahead of you.

AFL Prediction: Round 18

Round 18

Round 19

Collingwood vs Essendon. I’ve chosen Collingwood. Although Essendon won on ANZAC day earlier this year, I suspect Collingwood’s form has a steady upward trajectory, while Essendon will continue to put away decent sides, but not the top. Collingwood – but only just.

AFL Prediction: Round 19

Round 19

Round 20

Sydney vs Collingwood. I’ve chosen Sydney. The game is in Sydney, and Collingwood will have had a brutal previous week against the Bombers. No doubt it will be very close.

AFL Prediction: Round 20

Round 20

Round 21

Richmond vs Carlton. I’ve chosen Carlton. Both sides will have played a massive game the week before, but Carlton’s forwards will prove too much for Richmond. And Richmond will be aiming for ninth. Again.

AFL Prediction: Round 21

Round 21

Round 22

Geelong vs Sydney. I’ve chosen Geelong. Skilled Stadium is the definition of fortress – even though Sydney has won down there in recent times. Having said that, Geelong are looking like a powerful unit (still) and should get the job done. Both teams have great depth, but the home ground advantage and parochial Geelong supporters should help them over the line.

AFL Prediction: Round 22

Round 22

Round 23

Sydney vs Hawthorn. I’ve chosen Hawthorn. Hawthorn will be desperate to make amends for last year’s Grand Final loss, and this is an opportunity to make a stand and a statement.

AFL Prediction: Round 23

Round 23

In the next few days I will use these AFL predictions to determine the winner of the 2013 AFL Grand Final!

What do you think? Did your team make it?

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