Another round of captivating football is ahead of us as Hawthorn play Collingwood and Melbourne face North Melbourne in two great rivalries.
Some blockbusters are in store, so here is my preview of the round and my tips.
Who wins the huge Saturday afternoon clash?
Before last Sunday, plenty of people thought that this upcoming clash between Collingwood and Hawthorn would be a brilliant spectacle. But that was before the Pies let their guard down and fell to the Bulldogs.
The Hawks are now easy favourites, with Brian Lake and Jack Gunston returning. Yet the Pies have lived through their second wake-up call this season, and could be jolted back into form as they take on a weaker Hawks outfit, with the aforementioned players not at peak fitness.
Travis Cloke, Scott Pendlebury, Dayne Beams and Jamie Elliot will be the key players, compared to the Hawks’ Jarryd Roughead, Luke Hodge, Shaun Burgoyne and Cyril Rioli.
Whoever comes up trumps out of those four will dictate the match. As the Pies look ready to hit top gear, I’m going to tip them in a sparkling match on a Saturday afternoon.
Tip: Pies by 7
Can the Gold Coast produce a great home win?
The past few weeks have been tough for the Gold Coast Suns, yet they haven’t done too badly at all. They went down fighting to an inform Swans team, before nearly edging past the Eagles in a stunning last-quarter fight back.
Now they have an enormous chance to reap the rewards of the past two weeks by recording a win against Geelong.
Considering the Cats aren’t in great form, the Suns can come out and win the match at their home ground. I’m tipping that Gary Ablett and company will edge past a Geelong side that has made six changes.
Tip: Suns by 24
Can Melbourne do it again?
Last week was amazing for Melbourne. They came back from nowhere to somehow brush past the Bombers after a hellish week for Essendon.
Salem was the hero as they avenged their poor defensive showing against Collingwood at the Queen’s Birthday clash by overcoming the Bombers in a thrilling one-point victory.
They now have another Sunday twilight match against the inconsistent Roos at the MCG, as they look to make it two in a row against a side that can play the best footy in the competition, or some of the worst.
The key to this game will be which North Melbourne outfit turns up at the G. I’m thinking that the Roos will come out looking for blood after yet another disappointing loss to the Crows, and they may turn it on against a Melbourne otuside that certainly doesn’t lack belief.
Tip: Roos by 35
Sydney by 47
Port Adelaide by 61
Collingwood by 7
Gold Coast by 24
Fremantle by 43
Adelaide by 10
Carlton by 18
West Coast by 48
North Melbourne by 35