AFL finals predictions: Week 1

Conor Roar Guru

By Conor, Conor is a Roar Guru

 , ,

5 Have your say

    Following the most exciting season in history, a season which came down to the final game to decide the top eight, the finals are now finally here.

    More AFL Finals
    » Finals forecast: Adelaide vs GWS
    » Expert tips and predictions
    » Adelaide vs GWS preview
    » Crystal Ball predictions from the team

    Here are my predictions for the first week of the 2017 finals series.

    Adelaide versus GWS, Adelaide Oval, Thursday 7 September
    Adelaide have been the top team, however have been shown to have a serious weakness when Rory Sloane is either tagged out of the game or not playing. With him not playing due to having his appendix removed, that puts some doubt over what the result will be.

    The Crows’ multi-dimensional forward line will likely stretch the Giants defence like the previous few times, so I’m tipping the Crows to get the job done at home tonight.

    Prediction: Adelaide by 19 points

    Geelong versus Richmond, MCG, Friday 8 September
    Richmond have lost their last 13 games to the Cats, with their last win over them back in 2006, and their final win at the MCG in 1999.

    Joel Selwood is set to return for Geelong which will be a boost for the side. Despite the Tigers’ horrible finals record, having not won a final since 2001, and their bad record against Geelong, records are made to be broken. I’m tipping the Tigers to win in a nail biter.

    Prediction: Richmond by 4 points

    Sydney versus Essendon, SCG, Saturday 9 September
    The last time Sydney and Essendon played each other, John Longmire’s Swans got over the line by a goal after the siren from Gary Rohan against John Worsfold’s Bombers. Orazio Fantasia and Michael Hurley look set to return for the Bombers, with the game possibly being Jobe Watson’s last.

    The Bombers won’t make a mistake this time in getting the win against the almighty Swans.

    Prediction: Essendon by 1 point

    Josh Begley Essendon Bombers AFL 2017

    (Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images)

    Port Adelaide versus West Coast, Adelaide Oval, Saturday 9 September
    The two teams split the eight points available in the two games they played against each other, with the away team winning on both occasions. It could possibly be the last games for champions Drew Petrie, Matt Priddis, and Sam Mitchell.

    Port Adelaide’s inability to beat top eight sides, having only beat Sydney during their 0-6 start and West Coast the second-time round is swaying me towards tipping the Eagles.

    Prediction: West Coast by 29 points

    Predicted Week 2 finals
    GWS vs West Coast at Spotless Stadium
    Geelong vs Essendon at MCG

    I’m tipping a week of upsets in the first round of finals. What are your tips?

    Do you find yourself logged out of The Roar?
    We have just switched over to a secure site (https). This means you will need to log-in afresh. If you need help with recovering your password, please get in contact.

    This video is trending right now! Submit your videos for the chance to win a share of $10,000!

    Oldest | Newest | Most Recent

    The Crowd Says (5)

    • Roar Guru

      September 7th 2017 @ 9:24am
      Wayne said | September 7th 2017 @ 9:24am | ! Report

      Crows, Geelong, Sydney, West Coast my tips

    • Roar Guru

      September 8th 2017 @ 4:22pm
      gameofmarks said | September 8th 2017 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

      IF WCE can get over PORT on Saturday night then the GWS look beatable at Spotless given their form last night. I’m tipping Richmond to get over Geelong, but the fairy tale could end in the Prelim against the WCE, who will have the momentum behind them having defeated ADE, PORT, GWS in their previous 3 games. Dreaming I know, but the WCE are in the easiest side of the draw.

      • Roar Guru

        September 8th 2017 @ 4:37pm
        Conor said | September 8th 2017 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

        Nah, I believe that the Eagles can definitely beat the Giants if they beat Port, however, keep in mind regardless of whether Geelong or Richmond win, the prelim final will likely be at the MCG. Can’t see the AFL scheduling Geelong at Simonds Stadium

    • September 8th 2017 @ 5:05pm
      Hyena said | September 8th 2017 @ 5:05pm | ! Report

      Whilst the Swans won by one last time, they were also woeful in front of goal. If Buddy converted his usual 3 goals and 3 behinds instead of 6 behinds, they would have won by 16. I just don’t see the Swans letting Essendon into the game this time. They will be brutal in this match and have to much experience in finals campaigns.

      • September 8th 2017 @ 11:50pm
        Bobbo7 said | September 8th 2017 @ 11:50pm | ! Report

        The Swans will belt Essendon.

    Have Your Say

    If not logged in, please enter your name and email before submitting your comment. Please review our comments policy before posting on the Roar.

    , ,