Preview- Round Fourteen 2018 (AFL)
Round Fourteen should be an entertaining one. The Power and Demons clash promises to be an intriguing contest. The Blues and Bulldogs have to put in a good effort in order to make their supporters proud.
My choice of a definite winner for this Round: Magpies
Byes: Cats, Crows, Dockers, Saints, Swans, Tigers
Eagles v Bombers
The Eagles could find it tough without Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy. The Bombers have been erratic this season. The Eagles will be heavily reliant on their second ruckman in Scott Lycett as he will have to play a more prominent role up forward due to Darling and Kennedy missing through injury.
Key matchup: Chris Masten v Brendon Goddard
Eagles Game Changer: Scott Lycett
Bombers Game Changer: Devon Smith
My Prediction: Bombers
Power v Demons
This game is an interesting contest on paper with both times looking to play a role in September.
Key matchup: Paddy Ryder v Max Gawn
Power Game Changer: Brad Ebert
Demons Game Changer: Nathan Jones
My Prediction: Power
Hawks v Suns
The Suns have had a disappointing season only registering three wins. The Hawks should collect the four points in this one.
Key matchup: Jarryd Roughead v Rory Thompson
Hawks Game Changer: Liam Shiels
Suns Game Changer: Tom Lynch
My Prediction: Hawks
Lions v Giants
The Lions will look to be competitive, while the Giants will look to replicate their performance against the Suns in Round twelve. The Giants will be without ruckman Rory Lobb. Despite sitting low on the ladder the Lions have been competitive in quite a few of their games. Much of the Lions being competitive this Season, can be attributed to the leadership of Luke Hodge.
Key matchup: Dayne Beams v Callan Ward
Lions Game Changer: Luke Hodge
Giants Game Changer: Josh Kelly
My Prediction: Giants
Bulldogs v Kangaroos
The Bulldogs have had a long injury list. Despite that, their fall from grace from being premiers in 2016 has been remarkable. This season the Bulldogs have been shocking and uncompetitive; they can’t make finals now. They are a shadow of their former selves. It will be interesting to see how the Kangaroos forward line functions without Jarrad Waite.
Key matchup: Jackson Trengove v Ben Brown
Bulldogs Game Changer: Caleb Daniel
Kangaroos Game Changer: Ben Jacobs
My Prediction: Kangaroos
Magpies v Blues
The Blues need to improve on last week’s first half if they are to improve as a unit. This game should be a one sided victory to the Magpies on paper.
Key matchup: Patrick Cripps v Scott Pendlebury
Magpies Game Changer: Taylor Adams
Blues Game Changer: Sam Kerridge
My Prediction: Magpies