AFL Round 12 Preview

With four teams having the bye this week, the round starts with a mouth-watering clash between Richmond and Port Adelaide. The Power will be looking to bounce back from their close loss to Hawthorn and will relish the opportunity to get a win against the Tigers.

Geelong host an improving North Melbourne side in a match that sees the Scott brothers oppose each other in the coach’s box. Fresh off their win last week against the Crows, the Giants will be looking to put themselves back in premiership contention with a commanding performance against the Suns.

The Swans will be wanting to continue their good form against St Kilda and the Lions take on Essendon at the Gabba. The Dockers will be hoping to show the competition that they are more than a one-man band when they take on the Crows, without suspended midfielder Nate Fyfe.

The action finishes on the Monday with the Demons squaring off with the red-hot Pies at the MCG.’

 

Port Adelaide v Richmond
Richmond to win 1-24 points ($3)

The Power currently sits inside the top eight but will need to show some major improvement against the Tigers, after a last-minute loss to Hawthorn in Tasmania. After an aggressive off-season recruitment drive, the Power will be looking for the likes of Jack Watts and Chad Wingard to have more of an impact against one of the best backlines in the competition.

The Tigers sit in second place on the AFL ladder and will be hoping that midfielder Dustin Martin will be able to bully the Power midfield as he did in the corresponding game last season.

Richmond has won four of their past seven games against Port Adelaide and should be able to win a close encounter with a Power side struggling for confidence against quality opposition.

Geelong v Nth Melbourne
Nth Melbourne to win ($2.75)

Geelong superstar Gary Ablett will play his 200th game for the Cats this week when he runs out against North Melbourne. The Geelong superstar will be hoping for a consistent run of form after having the first part of his season interrupted with injury.

The Cats were able to get a percentage-boosting win against the Suns last week and the game against the Kangaroos will be the real measure of their progress this season.

North Melbourne will be confident of getting the win after coming out on top in their last visit to the same venue in 2015. The Roos have been one of the stronger sides in the AFL and will be good enough to grab the upset victory and leapfrog Geelong on the ladder.

GWS Giants v Gold Coast Suns
GWS to win 40+points ($1.70)

Fresh off their first win against the Crows at the Adelaide Oval, the Giants should enjoy the opportunity to boost their percentage against the Suns. The Gold Coast struggled to contain Gary Ablett last week in their clash with Geelong and will have a much tougher time dealing with potentially one of the best young midfields in the competition.

The Gold Coast were hammered in their previous meeting with the Giants and if the Suns could be in for another big loss if they can’t show a willingness to improve their defence.

The Giants have won their past five matches against the Suns and expect the trend to continue against a lacklustre Suns outfit that will struggle to make the finals after a bright start to the season.

St Kilda v Sydney Swans
Sydney to beat the line (-29.5 points)

While St Kilda were on the end of another loss to the Eagles last week in Perth, Saints coach Alan Richardson can take some heart from his side’s late resurgence against the competition leaders.

St Kilda have yet to notch their second victory of the season and face a difficult assignment against a Sydney side slowly getting into premiership form. The Swans have won their past eight games against St Kilda and Lance Franklin will be looking to get his hands on the ball.

The Swans forward has kicked seven goals in two games against the Saints and St Kilda will need to find a way to plug the holes in their backline.

The Saints have had a tough time in the first half of the season and will be wanting to improve after a strong finish to their game against West Coast last round.

Brisbane v Essendon
Lions to win ($2.25)

Both of these sides are coming off big losses in the previous round and Brisbane will be hoping that home ground advantage gives them an edge against John Worsfold’s side.

The Lions have been hit hard by injury in recent weeks with forward Charlie Cameron a notable casualty from last week’s defeat to the Kangaroos in Melbourne.

Essendon have been able to notch a couple of memorable wins over Geelong and the Giants this season, but will face a difficult assignment against a Brisbane side that will life in front of a passionate Gabba crowd.

The Lions were able to get the better of Hawthorn in their only win of the season and they have a real opportunity to get their second win of the year against a Bombers side that has struggled for consistency on the road.

Fremantle v Adelaide
Crows to win 1-24 points ($3.20)

The Dockers will be without the services of superstar Nat Fyfe as a result of his suspension in the wash-up of their loss against the Pies.

The Dockers could also be without giant ruckman Aaron Sandilands who is still suffering the effects of a concussion injury.

The Crows will be wanting to get back in the top eight and stay in touch with the competition leaders after consecutive losses.

The Dockers haven’t been able to get a win over the Crows, since 2015 and will be confident of becoming the third visiting side this season to come away from Optus Stadium with a victory.

Melbourne v Collingwood
Melbourne to beat the line (-9.5 points)

Collingwood have been in outstanding form over the last month of the competition to win their last three consecutive games and will be feeling confident against the Demons.

Melbourne have been red-hot in front of goal and the Demons currently sit in third position on the ladder behind the Eagles and Tigers.

The Demons new found sense of self-belief will be put to the test in front of a capacity crowd at the MCG. Melbourne are looking for their seventh consecutive win of the season and have won four of their last five games against the Magpies. Finals football can become a reality for a young Melbourne side if they can withstand the pressure of playing on AFL’s biggest stage.

The Demons should be able to edge Collingwood in what looms as a high-scoring affair between two of the form teams of the competition.