Carlton vs St Kilda
Thursday, July 2, Marvel Stadium, 7.40 pm AEST
Team News: Carlton will be forced to make at least one change in their upcoming match against St Kilda as Blues young gun Jack Silvagni suffered a fractured rib and a bruised lung in their win against Essendon last week.
It means that it could pave the way for Zac Fisher to come in after he showed what the is capable of in practice match on the weekend, bagging two goals.
Carlton could also be bolstered by the return of Harry McKay who missed last weeks match due to soreness.
Meanwhile, the Saints will have a vacant wing position available as Zak Jones is in doubt over a hamstring injury.
Many Saints players are lining up for the spot such as Jake Sinclair and Nick Hind, the Saints could also welcome back Jade Gresham to the mix.
Prediction: Both sides have shown what they are capable of and could be a gritty affair. St Kilda 15.
Collingwood vs Essendon
Friday, July 3, MCG, 7.50 pm AEST
Essendon will be without Zach Merritt after he was suspended for one week, but the Bombers seem to have enough depth to cover the vacant position.
Conor McKenna could come back after he ended his quarantine period and can be selected again, while Matt Guelfi could also be welcomed back into the side for the wing position. Former Kangaroo Mitch Hibberd will make his debut.
Prediction: Both are eager to bounce back after suffering nail-biting losses. Collingwood by 15.
West Coast Eagles vs Sydney
Saturday, July 4, Metricon Stadium, 1.45 AEST
Prediction: Eagles to find some form. Eagles by 10.
Geelong vs Gold Coast
Saturday, July 4, GMHBA Stadium, 4.35 PM AEST.
Team News: Geelong could welcome back Harry Taylor to the fold after the veteran defender was managed in their nail-biting win over Melbourne on Sunday. He could come in for the injured Tom Stewart who had surgery on his collarbone.
The Cats will also be without Tom Atkins who also suffered an injury in the three-point win over Melbourne, bruising his ribs.
The Suns have been impressive since the restart, climbing up to second spot on the ladder. They got through their 13 point win over Fremantle on the weekend unscathed.
The Suns seem to have the recipe for the shorter quarters so it will be interesting to see what they do at the selection table. Brayden Fiorini, Josh Corbett, Sean Lemmens, Izak Rankine, Sam Flanders and Peter Wright are all knocking on the door.
Prediction: Cats too good at home. Geelong by 25.
Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne
Saturday, July 4, Marvel Stadium, 7.40 PM AEST.
Team News: Western Bulldogs will have to at least be forced to make two changes as they will be without Aaron Naughton (ankle syndesmosis) and Sam Lloyd (broken collarbone) for the foreseeable future.
Other players that could come in include Tory Dickson, Easten Wood and Lin Jong.
North Melbourne have problems of their own, as they are likely to be without their skipper Jack Ziebell, who was seen on the bench with ice around his hamstring in their four-point loss to Hawthorn last week.
All eyes will be on Ben Cunnington, who has missed the last two games due to a back impingement, so much would depend on the fitness test outcome.
Jamie Macmillan is looking to come back into the side, as is Majak Daw Tom Murphy, Aiden Bonar and Bailey Scott.
Prediction: The Bulldogs moved the ball around well last week in their win against Sydney. Western Bulldogs by 6.
Brisbane vs Port Adelaide
Saturday, July 4, Gabba, 7.40 PM AEST.
Team News: The Lions will be without skipper Dayne Zorko for multiple weeks after scans showed he suffered a calf strain.
All roads lead to Tom Berry coming into the fold which would make an ideal replacement for Zorko.
The Lions could also welcome back ruckman Stefan Martin depending on how well he gets through main training.
Meanwhile, it’s happy days for Port Adelaide, who are undefeated on the top of the ladder with a healthy list.
Prediction: Both teams have been really impressive and this could go either way. Lions by 15.
Adelaide vs Fremantle
Sunday, July 5, Metricon Stadium, 1.05 PM
Team News: The Crows could welcome back Mat Crouch who was a surprise omission from last week’s match against the Lions.
Will Hamill could miss this week after suffering a concussion in last week’s defeat to the Lions.
Fremantle will be without Nat Fyfe for one to two weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury in their loss to the Gold Coast Suns.
Prediction: Don’t expect to see fast-flowing footy as both these clubs are 17th and 18th on the ladder. It is more of a case of who take their chances better. Fremantle by 10.
Melbourne vs Richmond
Sunday, July 5, MCG, 3.35 PM
Team News: The Demons could welcome back a host of players as they look to put in a better performance against the Tigers this week.
Melbourne reported injuries from their three-point loss against Geelong, but could welcome back Harley Bennell, who bagged four goals in a practice match. Oscar Mcdonald is also in the selection frame.
Prediction: The Tigers should be too strong. Richmond by 25.
Greater Western Sydney vs Hawthorn
Sunday, July 5, GIANTS Stadium, 6.10 PM AEST
Team News: The Giants will be without defender Zac Williams for at least a month. Isaac Cumming, who was a like-for-like replacement, is set for an extended absence after injuring his hamstring in the practice match.
The Hawks will be without Luke Breust but could welcome back Jon Patton.
Paul Puopolo is also in contention after being named emergency in last week’s game.
Prediction: Both teams won close games last, so could we be in for another one? GWS by 20.