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Tip – With little to play for other than pride, and player contracts for 2020, motivation rather than skill level is what could swing this match against the Kangaroos.
For the Hawks on the other hand, the dim shimmering light that represents their possible chances to play September footy should provide all the motivation required to hammer the Kangaroos.
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Tip – Ever since the Showdown, Port Adelaide have been poor and now run the risk of completing missing out on the finals.
The Bombers on the other hand, have been superb since the bye rounds and now look to pose a real and significant threat to all the Top 4 sides in the finals.
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Tip – The Sydney derby has never been more important for the Giants who need a win to cement their finals place, finish as high as possible on the ladder and avoid the top ranked teams in Week 1 of finals action.
The Swans won’t be pushovers though, as there is always a lot to play for in the ‘Battle of the Bridges’. For all their brave promise, we predict the Swans to fall short of victory here.
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Tip – What an excellent test for the Premiership favourites, the Cats as the travel west to take on the Dockers, who are always tough to defeat at home. Should the Cats need to travel interstate during the finals this experience will prove invaluable.
The Dockers will be game and look to disrupt the Cats march to the Minor Premiership as much as possible, but ultimately, appear if they may be outclassed.
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Tip – Sorry Melbourne fans, this is all about the Tigers and if they can win as they chase a Top 4 finish and the double chance in the Finals.
Richmond should win because they must. If the Tigers lose here, they’ll still play finals but could only be merely making up the numbers. Defeat the Demons and they must be considered a genuine Premiership threat.
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Tip – The post-Alan Richardson era does not get any easier for the young Saints team as they look to upset finals aspirants, the Adelaide Crows at home at the Adelaide Oval.
The parochial Adelaide crowd will demand that their beloved Crows team win and secure the last spot in the Top 8, and we believe the fans won’t be disappointed.
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Tip – The Magpies disappointments in recent weeks have them needing to wallop the Suns as the look to get a percentage booster to absolutely ensure a Top 4 spot.
The Suns may not totally oblige the Magpies in their quest to begin with, however look for Collingwood to overwhelm the Gold Coast side in the final two quarters.
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Tip – The Eagles will appreciate a tough match against a much-improved Carlton team as superb preparation for finals should they be required to travel to Melbourne.
At the end of the day, Carlton may not have the class to go all the way with the Eagles, but we’re predicting a much better showing from the Blues than some other performances this season.
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Tip – The Lions may not have it all their own way here at the Gabba, as the Bulldogs need to keep winning to keep their slender finals chances alive.
Expect a brave Bulldogs’ resistance before the young Lions midfield takeover and comparative warmth of subtropical Brisbane bites the southerners – the Lions should win.
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