AFL round 5 preview

AFL Round 4

Friday, April 15

Brisbane Lions v St Kilda, Thursday 7.45pm, Gabba

Port Adelaide v Gold Coast Suns, Saturday 2.45pm, AAMI Stadium

Carlton v Adelaide, Saturday 7.10pm, Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne v Richmond, Sunday 4.40pm, Etihad Stadium

Essendon v Collingwood, Monday 2.40pm, MCG

Fremantle v Western Bulldogs, Monday 6.45pm, Patersons Stadium

Hawthorn v Geelong, Tuesday 2.40pm, MCG

Bye: Melbourne, Sydney Swans, West Coast Eagles

Brisbane Lions v St Kilda, Thursday 7.45pm, Gabba

Brisbane Lions                                     St Kilda

OUTS: Beams, Lester (leg)                    OUTS: R.Clarke, Peake, Gamble

INS: Collier, McCauley                            INS: Koschitzke, Baker, McQualter

Match Preview

Expect the Saints to regroup after a horror loss to the Bombers. They have enough quality players in their line up – Riewoldt, Dal Santo, Montagna, Goddard – and the return of Justin Koschitzke will give them a much need boost. Lions hold home ground advantage and will battle it out but Saints will pencil in their first win of the season.

St Kilda by 12 points.

Port Adelaide v Gold Coast Suns, Saturday 2.45pm, AAMI Stadium

Port Adelaide                                   Gold Coast Suns  

OUTS: Stewart (knee)                       OUTS: Coad (hamstring), Prestia (soreness), Weller, Magin

INS: Davenport                                  INS: Ablett, Hutchins, Iles, Bennell

NEW: Jack Hutchins (Sandringham Dragons, VIC), Sam Iles (Box Hill Hawks, VFL)

Match Preview

Despite only winning their first game in the Showdown against Adelaide last week, Port Adelaide have too much experience and are a very good running team that will prove too much for the Suns to handle in Adelaide. The Power will take control early and have the ability to pile on goals when they have confidence and momentum going forward, and it showed last week. The return of captain Gary Ablett will boost the Suns, while ex-Magpie Sam Iles comes in for his official debut and the smooth mover in Harley Bennell also returns.

Port Adelaide by 45 points.

Carlton v Adelaide, Saturday 7.10pm, Etihad Stadium

Carlton                                                 Adelaide

OUTS: Henderson, Collins                   OUTS: Maric, Cook, Wright

INS: Ellard, Joseph                               INS: Doughty, Tambling, Jacobs

NEW: Sam Jacobs (Carlton)

Match Preview

The Crows were have had a couple disappointing weeks, with losses against Fremantle and Port Adelaide at home. They regain Doughty, Tambling and ex-Blue ruckman Jacobs for the clash against Carlton, who hold home ground advantage. The Blues, meanwhile, have brought in David Ellard and Aaron Joseph and dropped key forward Lachie Henderson and ex-Tiger Andrew Collins after last week’s draw against Essendon. I’m tipping the Crows to regroup and get an away win against a Carlton side that needs more out of a forward line that is becoming a weakness for them.

Adelaide by 10 points.

North Melbourne v Richmond, Sunday 4.40pm, Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne                                                          Richmond

OUTS: Edwards                                                                     OUTS: Thursfield, Astbury, Helbig

INS: Pratt, Macmillan, McKinley, Pedersen             INS: McGuane, Tuck, Connors, Rance, Dea,  Nason

Match Preview

Both sides scratching for a win, the loser will be in the spotlight this week. It’s hard to separate North Melbourne and Richmond. The Tigers have a better midfield but North’s forwards won’t terrorise the Richmond defence. North have a touch more depth on the park so I’m tipping the Roos in a close one.

North Melbourne by 7 points.

Essendon v Collingwood, Monday 2.40pm, MCG

Essendon                                                                                Collingwood

OUTS: Dempsey (knee), Winderlich (knee), Prismall              OUTS: No change.

INS: Hille, H.Slattery, Welsh, Davey, Reimers, Hibberd           INS: Dick, McCarthy, Jolly

Match Preview

The Bombers’ defensive setup is working beautifully, their tackling is full of intent and their forwards are locking the football in their front half with supreme pressure and skill. Expecting another Anzac Day thriller but can’t go past the Magpies, who are clearly the best in the business.

Collingwood by 18 points.

Fremantle v Western Bulldogs, Monday 6.45pm, Patersons Stadium

Fremantle                                                   Western Bulldogs

OUTS: Suban (leg)                                      OUTS: Giansiracusa (leg)

INS: Walters, Crichton, Anthony, Lower       INS: Addison, Minson, Jones, Wallis

NEW: Jack Anthony (Collingwood)              NEW: Mitch Wallis (Calder Cannons)

Match Preview

The Dogs make the trip West for their toughest battle yet. Good to see father-son selection Mitch Wallis named in the side for his debut, while Dylan Addison, Liam Jones and Will Minson will battle to secure a spot in the 22. Former Magpie Jack Anthony finally makes his debut in Dockers colours while ex-Port Adelaide midfielder Nick Lower also returns. Nick Suban is a big loss to a broken leg. The Dockers are hitting their best form but not their yet, which is scary for opposition sides. Can’t see the Dockers dropping this one.

Fremantle by 20 points.

Hawthorn v Geelong, Tuesday 2.40pm, MCG

Hawthorn                                                         Geelong

OUTS: No change.                                           OUTS: No change.

INS: Whitecross, Lisle, Milne                     INS: Stokes, Hawkins, Duncan

NEW: Jordan Lisle (Oakleigh Chargers)

Match Preview

These two clubs have played some great games over the years and there’s no reason why this clash will be any different. Both sides are full of stars and in very good form. It’s a flip of the coin but the Cats appear to have more depth at the moment. One area the Cats can stretch the Hawks is up forward so look for coach Chris Scott to expose Hawthorn’s lack of height down back.

Geelong by 6 points.

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