All the latest team news and predictions for this weekend's big games in the AFL.
St Kilda Saints vs West Coast Eagles @Etihad Stadium, Sunday 1:10pm
Stat Fact: West Coast have won their past eight games against St Kilda by an average margin of 42 points.
Big Talking Point: West Coast are currently in 8th place while St Kilda 11th. It’s looking likely that from Melbourne (7th) and onwards will be a safe bet to make the finals so it’s down to these two clubs and a couple of others to see who will claim the final playoff spot. It would be considered a failed season if either clubs were to miss out on the finals making this arguably the biggest game of the season for both West Coast and St Kilda.
What Will Happen: A close, tightly contested game. History is thrown out the window heading into this type of a game and both clubs will be doing everything within their power to get an all-important win.
What Won’t Happen: Josh Kennedy not getting a couple up on the board. He trails first place by only four goals and will be extra-motivated heading into this one to try and claim a third Coleman Medal in three years.
Our Tip: St Kilda by three.
Richmond Tigers vs Hawthorn Hawks @Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sunday 3:20pm
Stat Fact: Tom Mitchell is ranked 5th in the League in tackles with 122 (6.8 per game).
Big Talking Point: Hawthorn legend Sam Mitchell confirmed earlier in the week that he would retire at the end of this season. He has played two games for Australia, one for Victoria and between 2002-2016 he played 307 games for Hawthorn. He currently plays for West Coast and he will be sorely missed from the game.
What Will Happen: It’s been well known of Richmond’s aspirations this year and given that they currently sit inside the Top Four, expect them to really turn on the motors against Hawthorn and in the process rack up a sizeable amount of points. Richmond are aiming for big things this year and Sundays game should be an accurate reflection of that.
What Won’t Happen: Hawthorn’s season going any further. Despite their re-build many expected Hawthorn to still be playing finals footy this season. They are close but only because of their late season run. Richmond will end Hawthorns hopes once and for all.
Our Tip: Richmond by 25.
Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Power @Adelaide Oval, Sunday 4:10pm
Stat Fact: Adelaide have beaten Port Adelaide in their past two clashes by 17 and 15 points respectively.
Big Talking Point: For the past 822 days Port Adelaide have been winless against Adelaide. But during the week Port captain Travis Boak said that the streak was about to end. A win would be massive in the context of Port’s season while a loss could potentially be costly for first placed Adelaide.
What Will Happen: Sparks will fly and things will get heated during the game. As is the case with any major rivalry or derby things can always get a bit hot and this should be no different. There should be some hard hits and possibly a few scuffles. All great things about watching a derby.
What Won’t Happen: The supposed jinx being ended. Everyone knows Adelaide is aiming for the Premiership this season and what better way to reflect that then by flexing your muscles on your long-time rivals. Although this will be a closely contested game.
Our Tip: Adelaide by two.