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Tips For Round 23

  • Tips For Round 23

The final round of the season is here and unfortunately for ten teams, just one more game left of the season.

However for the eight teams heading into the finals, the season is just beginning as the have four weeks to achieve greatness.

My tips for this weekend's round of footy.


Both teams are pretty even on paper when at full strength, but due to the Kangaroos resting a number of their big stars ahead of tonight's game, I expect nothing less than a comprehensive win for the Tigers. Richmond will welcome back their skipper Trent Cotchin, and barring any injuries, I expect them to take this team into September next week. Richmond comfortably for me.

Richmond by 81 points


Tough game to predict this one as the Cats send off three stars of their premiership years and the Crows are playing some terrific football. For me, if Geelong can manage to lock down Adelaide's forward line, then they're a really good chance, but given the form of Walker, Betts, Jenkins, Lynch and Cameron, unfortunately I think the Crows may just spoil the party the Cats have planned for Stevie J, Mathew Stokes and James Kelly.

Adelaide by 28 points


A tumultuous season will come to an end on the weekend for the Brisbane Lions where they will be crowned unfortunately for them, wooden spooners for season 2016. Their opponents on the other hand keep on, keeping on and defying the odds that are put in front of them as they prepare for finals. I fully expect the Western Bulldogs to win this one and win it comfortably up at the GABBA.

Western Bulldogs by 71 points


This one could real ugly, real quick. Port Adelaide have basically been handed this game on a platter as the reigning premiers Fremantle have rested upwards of 11 players for this match. Port Adelaide have been hugely disappointing this season when most expected them to challenge for the premiership. Fremantle on the other hand have surprised a few with the way they've played. In saying that, this game will be nothing more than a training drill for the Power.

Port Adelaide by 107 points


Much like the Brisbane Lions, the end of the season cannot come quickly enough for the Blues. There's plenty for the Blues to look forward too with the appointment of Brendan Bolton as their new senior coach. The Hawks aren't resting much ahead of this weekend's game and that has alarm bells ringing everywhere for the Blues. I expect the Hawks to use this game as a tune up game and put the Blues to the sword.

Hawthorn by 111 points


Unfortunately, again this game could be a disaster for the Gold Coast Suns. The Sydney Swans have been on the record of saying this weekend that they would be ruthless towards the Suns and prepare for the finals next week. The Gold Coast Suns have suffered an horrendous season with injuries and off-field sanctions, but their season may have one final down to come. Swans will win this with relative ease.

Sydney Swans by 93


The West Coast Eagles had their worst performance of the season last week against the Adelaide Crows, and to be fair, so did the Saints. Both teams were exposed by the Crows and the Swans respectively, and both teams will be wanting to bounce back in some sort of fashion. Unfortunately for St Kilda, I think the Eagles will bounce back in a more vigorous type.

West Coast by 67 points


Melbourne's last three games have been nothing short of abysmal. They've allowed their opponents to kick 35 goals in the first halves of their last three games, while they have managed just the eight goals. The Giants bounced back from their bad loss to the Swans two weeks ago with a comfortable win over the Blues at Spotless Stadium last week. Melbourne hasn't won at Etihad Stadium since 2007, that's enough for me to tip the Giants comfortably.

GWS Giants by 54 points


A disappointing season for both teams for a number of different reasons. Collingwood were in the top four at the midway point of the season and have endured a rapid decline down the ladder. Meanwhile the Bombers have lost their coach James Hird who resigned towards the end of the season, they've suffered many injuries and not to mention the WADA appeal. However the Pies looked very good against the Cats last weekend and I think they'll cap off the season with a win.

Collingwood by 33 points

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