AFL Round 8 Preview (Season 2020)

My Predictions- AFL Round 8, Season 2020 (Predicted winner for each game in Brackets)

(Gold Coast) v Western Bulldogs
(GWS) v Richmond
North Melbourne v (Carlton)
(Swans) v Hawthorn
Port Adelaide v (St Kilda)
(Adelaide) v Essendon
West Coast v (Collingwood)
(Melbourne) v Brisbane
Fremantle v (Geelong)

My choice of a definite winner for this Round: GWS v Richmond (GWS)

Toughest game to pick a winner in: West Coast v Collingwood (Collingwood)

All of the key matchups were formulated based on the team tips for Round 8 on the foxsports website.

Thursday Night Game

Gold Coast v Western Bulldogs
This is potentially one of the games of the Season, with both teams sitting in the top 8, as it stands.
Key matchup: Jarrod Witts v Tim English
Gold Coast Game Changer: Hugh Greenwood
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Jack Macrae
My Prediction: Gold Coast

Friday Night Game

GWS v RIchmond
GWS need to win this game for their confidence. Given Richmond have a lot of injuries GWS should claim the four points.
Key matchup: Sam Jacobs v Ivan Soldo
GWS Game Changer: Tim Taranto
Richmond Game Changer: Kane Lambert
My Prediction: GWS

Saturday Afternoon Games

North Melbourne v Carlton
Carlton should win this game based on their Round 7 display in comparison to the abysmal display by North Melbourne in Round 7.
Key matchup: Jy Simpkin v Will Setterfield
North Melbourne Game Changer: Shaun Higgins
Carlton Game Changer: Harry McKay
My Prediction: Carlton

Swans v Hawthorn
This is a winnable game for both teams; they have been in poor form. This could well be a Swans win.
Key matchup: Luke Parker v Jaeger O’Meara
Swans Game Changer: Jordan Dawson
Hawthorn Game Changer: James Worpel
My Prediction: Swans

Saturday Night Game

Port Adelaide v St Kilda
St Kilda have a chance to make a statement that they are finals contenders.
Key matchup: Karl Amon v Jack Billings
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Travis Boak
St Kilda Game Changer: Jade Gresham
My Prediction: St Kilda

Sunday Afternoon Games

Adelaide v Essendon
This is a danger game for Essendon.
Key matchup: Daniel Talia v Shaun McKernan
Adelaide Game Changer: Tom Doedee
Essendon Game Changer: Michael Hurley
My Prediction: Carlton

West Coast v Collingwood
This is a game that both teams need to win to further solidify their top four aspirations.
Key matchup: Luke Shuey v Adam Treloar
West Coast Game Changer: Andrew Gaff
Collingwood Game Changer: Brodie Grundy
My Prediction: Collingwood

Sunday Night Game

Melbourne v Brisbane
This should be an exciting game of footy to watch given that Melbourne were outstanding in Round 7 and so was Brisbane. It should be a high tempo with lots of ebbs and flows in the balance of play
Key matchup: Steven May v Eric Hipwood
Melbourne Game Changer: Clayton Oliver
Brisbane Game Changer: Hugh McCluggage
My Prediction: Melbourne

Monday Night Game

Fremantle v Geelong
Geelong should be too good, especially given Nat Fyfe is unavailable due to injury.
Key matchup: Sam Menegola v Blake Acres
Fremantle Game Changer: Matt Taberner
Geelong Game Changer: Sam Menegola
My Prediction: Geelong

 

 

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