AFL- Round Eight Preview

Preview- Round Eight 2018 (AFL)

There were three games that were within a two goal margin last week; hopefully this is a trend not an aberration. This week is going to be a tough one for tipsters with all of the nine games being interesting contests. The Blues, Lions and Saints are in need of a win, while there are some cracking games, highlighted by the Hawks v Swans, Kangaroos v Tigers and Magpies v Cats. This round of footy should be enthralling and unpredictable. 

My choice of a definite winner for this Round: Bulldogs

Hawks v Swans

This promises to be an exciting game. Despite being without Lance Franklin, the Swans have beaten the Cats and narrowly lost to the Kangaroos without him in the forward line. The Hawks have been exceptional this Season, sitting in the top four.

Key matchup: Jarryd Roughead v Heath Grundy

Hawks Game Changer: Liam Shiels

Swans Game Changer: Luke Parker

My Prediction: Hawks

Giants v Eagles

The Giants are coming off their most disappointing performance of the Season; they were smashed by the Cat, while the Eagles comprehensively beat the Power. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles perform without Nic Naitanui.

Key matchup: Callan Ward v Andrew Gaff

Giants Game Changers: Jeremy Cameron

Eagles Game Changer: Chris Masten

My Prediction: Giants

 

Blues v Bombers

Both teams have a lot at stake; the Blues are yet to register a win and the Bombers have only won two games, despite being touted by many as final eight contenders.

Key matchup: Patrick Cripps v Zach Merrett

Blues Game Changer: Harry Mckay

Bombers Game Changer: Devon Smith

My Prediction: Blues

Suns v Demons

The Suns had a promising start to the Season, but they have struggled of late. This game could go either way, with both teams in need of the four points.

Key matchup: Jarrod Witts v Max Gawn

Suns Game Changer: Jarryd Lyons

Demons Game Changer: Clayton Oliver

My Prediction: Suns

Power v Crows

Despite the Power being in poor form last week, they will look to lift for the showdown. The Crows are in the top four, despite suffering a few injuries and are one of the contenders as it stands at this moment.

Key matchup: Brad Ebert v Richard Douglas

Power Game Changer: Justin Westhoff

Crows Game Changer: Mitch Mcgovern

My Prediction: Crows

Bulldogs v Lions

This game is one the Bulldogs need to win if they want to play a part in September. The Lions performed admirably last week, with the only thing missing for them putting a win on the board.

Key matchup: Tom Boyd v Stefan Martin

Bulldogs Game Changer: Jack Macrae

Lions Game Changer: Lewis Taylor

My Prediction: Bulldogs

Dockers v Saints

The Dockers and the Saints need the four points on offer. The Saints Season has been disappointing and are in need of a win.

Key matchup: Aaron Sandilands v Tom Hickey

Dockers Game Changer: Nat Fyfe

Saints Game Changer: Jack Steven

My Prediction: Saints

Kangaroos v Tigers

The Kangaroos had an impressive win last week against the Swans away from home. The Tigers have been the form team in the competition.

Key matchup: Jarrad Waite v Alex Rance

Kangaroos Game Changer: Mason Wood

Tigers Game Changer: Josh Caddy

My Prediction: Kangaroos

Magpies v Cats

Both teams sit on four wins from seven games. This should be an exciting game with a top eight spot on offer for the winner.

Key matchup: Adam Treloar v Gary Ablett

Magpies Game Changer: Jordan De Goey

Cats Game Changer: Joel Selwood

My Prediction: Cats


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