AFL Round 9 Preview (Season 2020)

My Predictions- AFL Round 9, Season 2020 (Predicted winner for each game in Brackets)

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

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

Toughest game to pick a winner in: Gold Coast v GWS (Gold Coast)

All of the key matchups were formulated based on the team tips for Round 9 on the foxsports website.

Wednesday Night Game

Western Bulldogs v Richmond
The Western Bulldogs should get the better of Richmond. It may prove to be a Season defining game as the two teams are currently sixth and ninth respectively on the AFL ladder.
Key matchup: Tim English v Ivan Soldo
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Jack Macrae
Richmond Game Changer: Dustin Martin
My Prediction: Western Bulldogs

Thursday Night Game

Melbourne Demons v Port Adelaide
Both of the teams played reasonably well, despite losing their games in Round 8.
Key matchup: Clayton Oliver v Ollie Wines
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Clayton Oliver
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Hamish Hartlett
My Prediction: Melbourne Demons

Friday Afternoon Game (Perth Time)

Carlton v Hawthorn
Carlton and Hawthorn are separated by one win on the AFL ladder, but Hawthorn have had a tough time of late. Their performance hasn’t been up to standard.
Key matchup: Sam Walsh v Tom Mitchell
Carlton Game Changer: Sam Petresvski-Seton
Hawthorn Game Changer: Tom Mitchell
My Prediction: Carlton

Friday Night Game

Essendon v Brisbane
This should be in an interesting game to watch as the two teams are separated by one win with Essendon having one game in hand, due to their game against the Demons being postponed.
Key matchup: Zach Merrett v Dayne Zorko
Essendon Game Changer: Darcy Parish
Brisbane Game Changer: Lachie Neale
My Prediction: Essendon

Saturday Afternoon Game

North Melbourne v Adelaide Crows
This is a must win clash for both teams. North Melbourne have won two games, while Adelaide are winless as it stands.
Key matchup: Todd Goldstein v Reilly O’Brien
North Melbourne Game Changer: Josh Walker
Adelaide Game Changer: Reilly O’Brien
My Prediction: North Melbourne

Saturday Evening Game

St Kilda v Sydney Swans
St Kilda have played good footy for the majority of the 2020 AFL Season, as they currently sit in the top four on the AFL ladder. Sydney Swans have been disappointing, but they are coming off a morale boosting win over Hawthorn in Round 8.
Key matchup: Jack Billings v Harry Cunningham
St Kilda Game Changer: Jake Carlisle
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Tom Papley
My Prediction: St Kilda

Saturday Night Game

West Coast v Geelong
It’s fifth placed West Coast up against the third placed Geelong. This game could define which of these two teams finish in the top four.
Key matchup: Jack Darling v Harry Taylor
West Coast Game Changer: Tim Kelly
Geelong Game Changer: Sam Menegola
My Prediction: West Coast

Sunday Afternoon Game

Gold Coast v GWS
This is quite a difficult game to predict a winner in. Having said that Gold Coast will desperate to atone for a game that they lost narrowly in Round 8 against the Western Bulldogs.
Key matchup: Jarrod Witts v Sam Jacobs
Gold Coast Game Changer: Lachie Weller
Brisbane Game Changer: Toby Greene
My Prediction: Gold Coast

Sunday Evening Game (Perth Time)

Fremantle v Collingwood
This should be an intriguing contest between the two worst performing teams in Round 8. They will both have a point to prove.
Key matchup: Rory Lobb v Jordan Roughead
Fremantle Game Changer: Rory Lobb
Collingwood Game Changer: Jack Crisp
My Prediction: Fremantle








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