Zero Hanger’s final eight prediction

There are just two rounds left in season 2016 and still plenty of positions up for grabs in the final eight.

After another thrilling round, we look at how the ladder might sit after Round 23 and what the first week of the finals may look like.

1.Hawthorn – 18 wins, four losses

  • West Coast (DS) – W
  • Collingwood (MCG) – W

Predicted first final match: Will most likely host Geelong at the MCG in the first qualifying final.

2. Sydney – 17 wins, five losses

  • North Melbourne (BA) – W
  • Richmond (SCG) – W

Predicted first final match: Will host Adelaide at ANZ Stadium.

3. Adelaide – 17 wins, five losses

  • Port Adelaide (AO) – W
  • West Coast (AO) – W

Predicted first final match: Will travel to Sydney to play the Swans at ANZ Stadium.

4. Geelong – 17 wins, five losses

  • Brisbane (G) – W
  • Melbourne (SS) – W

Predicted first final match: Will play Hawthorn at the MCG. However, a loss in either of their remaining matches will see them drop out of the four.

5. GWS Giants – 16 wins, six losses

  • Fremantle (SPO) – W
  • North Melbourne (ES) – W

Predicted first final match: Will host North Melbourne at Spotless Stadium.

6.Western Bulldogs – 16 wins, six losses

  • Essendon (ES) – W
  • Fremantle (DS) – W

Predicted first final match: Will host West Coast in an elimination final at the MCG, unless the Eagles can win their remaining two matches.

7. West Coast – 14 wins, eight losses

  • Hawthorn (DS) – L
  • Adelaide (AO) – L

Predicted first final match: Currently sit sixth, but will most likely drop to seventh with two tough games. Will have to travel to Melbourne to play the Bulldogs at the MCG in their first final, unless they can win their remaining two matches and remain in sixth spot.

8. North Melbourne – 12 wins, 10 losses

  • Sydney (BA) – L
  • GWS (ES) – L

Predicted first final match: Can’t see the Roos winning either of their remaining two games and will almost certainly finish eighth, which will see them travel to Sydney to play the Giants at Spotless Stadium.

9. St Kilda – 12 wins, 10 losses

  • Richmond (MCG) – W
  • Brisbane (ES) – W

Percentage will hurt the Saints, with their percentage currently just 91.8, meaning they will be unable to climb above the Kangaroos, even if they win their remaining two matches.

10. Melbourne – 11 wins, 11 losses

  • Carlton (MCG) – W
  • Geelong (SS) – L

The in-form Demons should account for the Blues next week, which will then leave them needing a win against Geelong at Simonds Stadium to snatch eighth spot from the Roos. They are unlikely to beat the Cats, which would see them just miss out on finals, but they won at the same venue last season and with so much to play for in the final round, you never know. Their percentage is currently 104.8, compared to North Melbourne’s 108.5.

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