Friday April 17
Collingwood V St. Kilda
7.50pm MCG (All times AEST)
St. Kilda are brimming with confidence after a better than expected start to 2015. The Magpies are coming off a hiding from the Crows and a very narrow win against an under maned Brisbane. The Saints look to be on the way up with some great young talent on the list. But despite the young Saints – who will most likely be without Leigh Montagna again – getting over the line last week, the Pies should just prevail in this one at the MCG.
Collingwood by 10 points

Saturday April 18
Carlton V Essendon
1.45pm, MCG
Carlton are an absolute rabble at the moment and Essendon are playing inspired footy. This one could get ugly if Carlton isn’t careful. The Blues are playing for their season and possibly for Mick’s future. Expect them to show some fight for the first time in a long time against their traditional rivals, but the Bombers will prove far too strong in the end and should pull away.
Essendon by 30 points

Adelaide V Melbourne
1.40pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide has been playing some incredibly good football in the first two weeks of the season winning the first two games by a combined 100 points. Melbourne was much improved in round one, before falling away against the Giants. We can only hope that the Dees will put in a good showing, but if the Giants can manage to kick 14 goals in a row again them, then who knows what sort of damage Adelaide can inflict.
Adelaide by 36 points

Sydney V Greater Western Sydney
4.35pm, SCG
The Swans will be looking for revenge after a 32 point round one loss to the Giants in the same fixture last season. GWS was able to run rampant against Melbourne last weekend, with the Dees doing little to stop the onslaught. Sydney will not let that happen with their watertight defence only conceding 104 points over the first two weeks. The Swans have Ben Glynn in line for a return from injury after a positive display in the reserves against Ainslie in the NEAFL last weekend, which will only add to the superstar power of the Swans.
Sydney by 26 points

North Melbourne V Port Adelaide
7.20pm, Etihad Stadium
This should be a thrilling contest. Port Adelaide has remarkably only won 6 of its past 16 games. The Power have had a winless start to the season, but they have come up against two of the best sides in the competition in the opening two rounds. Fellow 2014 Preliminary Finalists North Melbourne had a huge win against a battling Brisbane side in round two, but that won’t count for much come Saturday night. Port will be keen to get the season on track here and will bounce back with a win in a tight affair. The Roos will be missing Nick Dal Santo, who is set to miss up to 12 weeks after surgery on his left hamstring, while they are hopeful Scott Thompson (sprained ankle) and Daniel Wells (Achilles tendon) will be fit to play. Port Adelaide on the other hand is sweating on the fitness of ruckman Matthew Lobbe (quad).
Port Adelaide by 12 points

Brisbane V Richmond
7.20pm, Gabba
Richmond should win this one against a Brisbane side that is full of injuries and yet to win this season. However, fans never know what to expect with the Tigers. Brisbane showed some fight against the Pies in round but was blow away against the Roos in round two. The midfields of both clubs are littered with talent, so it will be the forwards and defenders that will decide this one. It will be a tight match, but the Tigers will prevail with a bit too much class at either end of the field.
Richmond by 18 points

Sunday April 19
Hawthorn V Western Bulldogs
1.10pm, Aurora Stadium
Hawthorn will come out firing after the upset loss to Essendon last week and will enjoy a big win here. That said, The Bulldogs have been extremely impressive in the first two rounds, but won’t be strong enough to overpower the Hawks. But if the Bulldogs can show the same fight and determination they’ve shown in the first two rounds, then the Doggies fans will be rapt.
Hawthorn by 28 points

Geelong V Gold Coast
3.20pm, Simonds Stadium
Two winless teams should make for an intriguing contest. Expect the old, wise heads at Geelong to step up and ensure the Cats don’t start the season 0-3. The Suns are still finding their way under Rodney Eade and are struggling for leaders.
Geelong by 22 points

West Coast V Fremantle
4.40pm, Domain Stadium
Fremantle has won the past five derbies and 14 of the past 18. This dominance should continue, as the Dockers showed in the first two rounds that they’ll be a force again this year with clinical performances against Port Adelaide and Geelong. West Coast was impressive last week against the Blues, but will struggle against Fremantle, who is in a different league entirely. These derbies are always fiery and expect nothing less this time around.
Fremantle by 20 points