AFL – Saturday & Sunday Round 1 Games – Previews, Predictions & Tips
by Ken Edwards, 22 March 2018
St Kilda Saints vs Brisbane Lions – 24 March 2018
The young Lions are on the improve. They may stay with the Saints until half-time. Expect the Saints to pull away and win at home.
Port Adelaide Power vs Fremantle Dockers – 24 March 2018
Sometimes the Power can go missing-in-action and underestimate lesser sides. Whilst a Dockers upset would not surprise at all, the Power should prevail.
Gold Coast Suns vs North Melbourne Kangaroos – 24 March 2018
It could either way. The Suns are taking their young side to Cairns for their first home game and recent torrential rain will make Cazaly’s Stadium a quagmire. The Suns by a less than a goal, maybe.
Hawthorn Hawks vs Collingwood Magpies – 24 March 2018
60 000+ fans at the MCG are expected. Cyril Rioli is fit and has the ‘X factor’ to defeat the Magpies single-handed. Alternatively, the Magpies have vowed to be tougher in the big moments in 2018.
Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Western Bulldogs – 25 March 2018
The Giants should be too good. The Bulldogs have many stars injured.
Melbourne Demons vs Geelong Cats – 25 March 2018
We’ve decided to tip the Demons’ fleet of young midfielders to be too quick for the ageing Cats on the wide-open-spaces of the MCG in a close one.
West Coast Eagles vs Sydney Swans – 25 March 2018
Western Australians will flock to the opening AFL match at Perth’s new Optus Stadium. We’re tipping the young Eagles to ride a wave-of-emotion and the rabid support of 60 000 parochial fans to upset the Swans.