SCG, 7:50pm Friday June 1
Injury Watch: Sydney’s Callum Mills had surgery on a broken foot earlier in the week and won’t play again this season.
Prediction: Sydney at home is a tough task for a struggling and undermanned Carlton side. Sydney by 31 points.
Bulldogs vs Melbourne
Etihad Stadium, 1:45pm Saturday June 2
Team news: The Bulldogs are likely to bring in Dale Morris for his first game of the year and Aaron Naughton who has been out with an ankle injury. Zaine Cordy needs to overcome a concussion to be fit to play this weekend.
Injury Watch: Dean Kent (Melbourne) is nearing a return from a hamstring injury and should be ready to play in two weeks’ time.
Prediction: Melbourne are in red hot form and Etihad has been no issue for them this year. Melbourne by 28 points.
UTAS Stadium, 2:10pm Saturday June 2
Team news: The Hawks are hoping James Cousins will be available after sustaining a concussion last week.
Injury Watch: Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn) is on track to return after the bye.
Prediction: An interesting clash down in Tasmania this weekend and probably the hardest one to predict. Hard to tip against Hawthorn down there. Hawthorn by five points.
Metricon Stadium, 4:35pm Saturday June 2
Injury Watch: Brayden Fiorini (Gold Coast) will be out for an extended period of time after having bone spurs removed.
Geelong’s Cam Guthrie is two to three weeks away from returning from an ankle injury.
Prediction: Gary takes on the side he walked out on this weekend, but will he make the trip or will he be rested? If the Suns bring Lynch and Day in, it will be tough for the Cat’s backline to stop them. Geelong by 33 points.
MCG, 7:25 Saturday June 2
Jack Riewoldt needs to have overcome a concussion from last weekend to line up for the Tigers on Saturday night. Dylan Grimes should be available to play but Bachar Houli is unlikely to be fit after injuring his groin last weekend.
Richmond could have Dion Prestia back after their bye.
Prediction: The Bombers are in great form and Richmond have dropped off over the last couple of weeks. Essendon have a 100% record against 2017 finalists this season, so could this be Richmond’s first upset loss of the year? It will be hard for the Dons at Richmond’s MCG fortress. Richmond by 17 points.
Optus Stadium, 6:10 Saturday June 2
Team news: West Coast could bring Luke Shuey back in but they might not want to risk him in such a winnable game like this.
Injury Watch: Exciting Eagle Liam Ryan was back training this week and will most likely return after the bye.
St Kilda announced this week that Koby Stevens won’t play again this year after suffering ongoing concussion issues.
Prediction: The Eagles are the form team at the moment and they haven’t been beaten at home yet. Carlisle picked a very, very bad week to get rubbed out with the powerful Eagles’ forward line now being left up to an inexperienced Saint’s backline. West Coast by 55 points.
Etihad Stadium, 1:10pm Saturday June 2
Team news: Paul Ahern could finally debut for the Kangaroos.
Injury Watch: Taylor Garner (North Melbourne) felt tightness in his left hamstring last weekend and had to sit out the last quarter in the VFL but it appears he hasn’t done any structural damage to it.
Prediction: North Melbourne are absolutely flying so far this year and it would be very disappointing if they lost this one. North Melbourne by 22 points.
MCG, 3:20pm Sunday June 3
Team news: The Pies are likely to play Daniel Well after resting him last week and Brayden Maynard could also return to the team.
Prediction: The loss of Sandilands makes this a tough task for the Dockers. Collingwood by 19 points.
Adelaide vs GWS
Adelaide Oval, 4:10pm Sunday June 3
Team news: The Crows can bring in Paul Seedsman if he is fit to play.
GWS will welcome their skipper Phil Davis back from concussion this week and possibly Sam Reid as well.
Injury Watch: Adelaide’s Rory Sloane is back running and is on track to return to footy in two to three weeks.
Prediction: The Crows will be looking to bounce back from their embarrassing loss to Melbourne last night and without many returning from injury, its hard to see any improvement coming for GWS. Adelaide by 23 points.
Point to prove:
Adelaide. The Crows were horrific last week against Melbourne and it has been a while since we have seen the South Australian powerhouse perform that badly. They have some key players out injured but they can’t use that as an excuse; every club has key players out. The clash at home against the Giants on Sunday is where they can turn it around. They have more big outs than the Crows do and if they can’t win this one, it’ll be hard for them to be considered premiership contenders.
GWS. The Giants season is just about over if they don’t turn things around dramatically. For so long everyone has raved about their depth and nobody thought all the players that were leaving the club would have much of an impact, but they could’ve used some of Devon Smith’s tenacity on the weekend. He was on the field, just in different colours. It would be interesting to know how many sides play against GWS without a player that’s facing their old team.
Quote of the week:
Jake Carlisle could have been a bit more subtle trying to get out of playing for St Kilda for a few weeks.
— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) May 28, 2018
Photo of the week:
— Michael Willson (@MichaelCWillson) May 27, 2018