AFL Round 18 Preview (Season 2020)

My Predictions- AFL Round 18, Season 2020 (Predicted winner for each game in Brackets)

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

Teams with the Bye: None

My choice of a definite winner for this Round: Collingwood v Port Adelaide (Collingwood)

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

Thursday Night Game

North Melbourne v West Coast
Don’t be surprised if North Melbourne upset the West Coast as North Melbourne will want to improve on a few deplorable weeks, performance wise. Also, West Coast will be without Luke Shuey; their Captain and probably their most important player in Jeremy McGovern.
Key matchup: Todd Goldstein v Nic Naitanui
North Melbourne Game Changer: Nick Larkey
West Coast Game Changer: Andrew Gaff
My Prediction: North Melbourne

Friday Night Game

St Kilda v GWS
St Kilda’s form has been patchy of late. Expect that continue against a GWS team that should be hungry for a win.
Key matchup: Paddy Ryder v Shane Mumford
St Kilda Game Changer: Jack Sinclair
GWS Game Changer: Lachie Whitfield
My Prediction: GWS

Saturday Afternoon Game

Essendon v Melbourne Demons
Essendon have an opportunity to cause an upset against a inconsistent Melbourne Demons team.
Key matchup: Darcy Parish v Ed Langdon
Essendon Game Changer: Kyle Langford
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Steven May
My Prediction: Essendon

Saturday Evening Game (Adelaide Time)

Adelaide Crows v Richmond
Adelaide Crows have won three games in a row. Expect that to be four wins in a row if they play to their optimum level.
Key matchup: Rory Laird v Trent Cotchin
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Rory Laird
Richmond Game Changer: Toby Nankervis
My Prediction: Adelaide Crows

Saturday Night Game

Brisbane Lions v Carlton
This is a game that the Brisbane Lions won’t want to get any injuries in as they are guaranteed a top two finish and a home final, along with the double chance.
Key matchup: Lachie Neale v Sam Walsh
Brisbane Lions Game Changer:
Carlton Game Changer: Sam Petrevski-Seton
My Prediction: Jarryd Lyons

Sunday Afternoon Games

Hawthorn v Gold Coast
Both teams will view this game as a winnable one. Expect Hawthorn to win as they are more dangerous in the forward fifty.
Key matchup: Tom Mitchell v Touk Miller
Hawthorn Game Changer: James Cousins
Gold Coast Game Changer: Lachie Weller
My Prediction: Hawthorn

Sydney Swans v Geelong
This is a tough game to pick a winner in as both teams have to improve; based on their Round 17 performances.
Key matchup: Callum Sinclair v Esava Ratugolea
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Luke Parker
Geelong Game Changer: Sam Menegola
My Prediction: Sydney Swans

 Sunday Night Game

Fremantle v Western Bulldogs
This is the only game where I predicted the favourite to win. I expect the Western Bulldogs to win in a danger game for them as Fremantle have been in good form.
Key matchup: Sean Darcy v Tim English
Fremantle Game Changer: Luke Ryan
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Caleb Daniel
My Prediction: Western Bulldogs

Monday Night Game

Collingwood v Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide will definitely finish in the top two, which means that they don’t have much at stake as far as their ladder position is concerned. They have the double chance and will be hosting a final.
Key matchup: Brodie Grundy v Scott Lycett
Collingwood Game Changer: Jordan De Goey
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Travis Boak
My Prediction: Collingwood

 

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