AFL Round 20 Prediction

The AFL season is gearing up for the finals campaign in September. Here is our AFL Round 20 Prediction for this week. You can have a look at our round 18 prediction and round 19 prediction to determine our form.

AFL Round 20 Prediction

Paddy Ryder and Nic Naitanui

St Kilda vs Hawthorn
Hawthorn lost to an improving Tigers team last week, but that shouldn’t disguise their recent form. Only the week before they pummeled the Bombers in what was widely regarded as the best display of football from any side this year. St Kilda have dropped sharply as their players have aged, moved on and become less great. Losing to the Lions last week is pretty indicative of the Saints woes. Not to mention the Saints are third last on the table with only three wins. This is one Friday night game you might like to miss. Hawthorn by 75 points.

Richmond vs Brisbane
Richmond were fantastic beating the Hawks last week, and have shown some quality game in the last few weeks. Many pundits expect the Tigers to get fifth or sixth on the ladder, and therefore have a chance at getting deep into September. Brisbane have some good wins on their belt and continue to play solid if not extraordinary football. This should be a pretty good match, but the Tigers should get the job done if they are serious about playing top quality football. Richmond by 24 points.

Geelong vs Port Adelaide
The Cats surprised many tipsters last week and lost to the Kangaroos. Unable to blanket the quality Kangaroos players like Daniel Wells and Brent Harvey, Chris Scott may be quite worried. Port Adelaide are up and about, coming from behind to beat the Crows last week. The young players are quite magical. Chad Wingard might be a serious unit, but he certainly has the gift of playing football. Port are a special side, and Ken Hinkley is a special coach. Geelong should be fired up enough to get over the Power, though. Geelong by 18 points.

Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
Carlton were beaten convincingly by the Dockers last week, and have been largely written off as serious contenders this year. With a focus on potentially trading some key players, and making a serious list change at the end of the year, the Blues can still make in roads into the finals this year. The Bulldogs can’t. They beat West Coast a fortnight ago (a great win), and pushed Sydney hard last week. But this still  a good match, and don’t be surprised if the Dogs get up. Carlton by 12 points.

Sydney vs Collingwood
Sydney and Collingwood always seem to have great contests. Whether it’s at the MCG or the SCG. Sydney are performing better at the moment, with consistent, high quality football. The Pies had a big win against the Bombers last week, but the previous weeks have demonstrated some average play (losing to the Suns, and barely beating the Giants). Expect another close contest this time though. The Swans should get the win in Sydney. Sydney by 6 points.

Gold Coast vs Melbourne
This should be a pretty average game to watch, with 14th playing 17th. Gold Coast has played well this season, and the rest of the competition should be worried about the Suns starting in 2014. They will be formidable. Melbourne have been average and lost to the 18th placed Giants last week. They are a basket case, and some have suggested they should be shipped of to Tasmania (Tassie Demons, anyone?). Gold Coast by 24 points.

Essendon vs West Coast
The Bombers were slaughtered by the Hawks and then the Pies in consecutive weeks. The drug scandal continues and may be starting to have an effect on the team. James Hird will no doubt hope that the Bombers can limp to the finals, and keep their points – which is far from guaranteed. The Eagles beat the Suns in Perth last week, which would have been an absolute lock last year. But the Eagles have consistently underperformed and have been given chance after chance by tipsters. No longer! Both of these teams are playing very average football at the moment, but someone has to win. Bombers by 6 points.

Adelaide vs North Melbourne
Adelaide had the game against the Power within their grasp. But they let it go. Like many other games this season. North Melbourne would be familiar with this too though. The Kangaroos surprised many last week with a good win against the Cats. It’s still possible for the Roos (and Adelaide) to make finals, and their form throughout the season has been consistently good. At AAMI, this should be a good game. With much to play for, expect the crowd to have an influence. Adelaide by 2 points.

Fremantle vs Greater Western Sydney
The Dockers have been one of the best four sides this year, beating teams with two of their best players out (Pavlich and Sandilands). Now that both players are back and ready to get some games in before finals, the opposition must be concerned. The Giants had a good win against the Demons last week – their first for the 2013 season. Jeremy Cameron is one player that will be an absolute superstar. Expect the Dockers to put on a show at home though. Fremantle by 42 points.

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