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Last week was full of upsets – will it be the same for the semi finals? Our AFL Semi Final 2013 Prediction is sure to be more accurate than last week’s predictions. We’ve provided some solid analysis of the teams vying to play Hawthorn and Fremantle (respectively) the week after.
Geelong vs Port Adelaide
Geelong was a surprise upset last week – losing to the Dockers at Simonds Stadium. Port Adelaide overcame the highly fancied Pies at the MCG, and are looking in excellent form.
Despite being outplayed and almost bullied by the outrageously fired up Fremantle Dockers last week, the Cats didn’t lose by much. Having had a fairly substantial wake up call, and quite probably a very passionate speech from Chris Scott, the group will be looking to get back winning. Tom Hawkins may or may not get back into the team, and if he does, he will not be playing at peak condition. But his large-ness is what the Cats need up forward. Tom just needs to bring the ball to ground, and that should really help the crumbing, forwards and midfielders like Stevie Johnson. If he doesn’t get up, that may prove a real problem – with no obvious replacement.
The Power have been the big movers this year, and Ken Hinkley should be considered for Coach of the Year. What he’s done for the team is quite frankly outstanding – if not amazing. The Power play aggressively and don’t drop their heads. Chad Wingard and Oliver Wines are superstars. They beat a highly fancied opponent in the Pies last week, and they may fancy themselves this week as well. But it’ll be a tough job.
Geelong should win, with greater experience. Geelong by 18 points.
Sydney vs Carlton
Played at ANZ Stadium, the Swans have very little home ground advantage over the Blues at this venue.
The Swans were smashed last week by the Hawks at the same ground. They are suffering from injuries, and Adam Goodes won’t be returning this year. With a number of tall players, they could seriously stretch the Blues (Tippett, Pike, Mumford and White) but it may depend on the weather. The Swans also have a number of powerful young midfielders like Hannebery and Kieran Jack and they will enjoy playing in Sydney where the Swans won earlier this year.
Carlton overcame the Tigers last week – much to the surprise of many. They are playing reasonable football, and always back themselves no matter how far behind they get. If they started the game 30 points down, then the Blues would try and leap ahead with a little more exuberance! With pressure to retain spots for next year (what with Mick Malthouse’s desire for a cleanout), the players will be keen to impress. But beating the Swans in Sydney is no easy task. Expect a close game.
Sydney should win at home – despite a number of injuries. Sydney by 6 points.