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Thursday June 25

Fremantle V Collingwood

Domain Stadium, 6.10pm (All times local times)

This match will tell us a lot about both sides. Collingwood have been playing some good footy and if they win, we will have to call them a genuine top four chance. Fremantle on the other hand are still on top, but have not played to the heights that saw them dominate all comers early in the season. Big test for both clubs, with Fremantle keen to get back into their best form and they should be too strong at home in a close contest.

Fremanlte by 18

Friday June 26

Sydney V Richmond

SCG, 7.50pm

Who can forget the last time the Tigers traveled to Sydney? They pulled off a monumental upset in the last round of the season last year to clinch a place in the finals. Richmond have surprisingly won three of the past five matches against Sydney. The Swans had the bye last week, after winning six games in a row and will be refreshed and ready to go against an in-form Richmond. Despite the Tigers’ form and recent record, Sydney should prove too strong as they look to keep the pressure on Fremantle at the top of the table.

Sydney by 16

Saturday June 27

Hawthorn V Essendon

MCG, 1.40pm

It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago in round two, Essendon were too good for the Hawks with a stunning two point win. The Bombers were playing some inspired footy after the players were cleared of any wrong doing from the 2012 supplements regime. However, it’s a long time since then, and the scandal is hanging over the players once again and Essendon are playing insipid footy. They now sit 13th on the ladder with four wins and seven losses. Expect the Hawks to demolish their old rivals as they start to hit some form.

Hawthorn by 38

Brisbane V Adelaide

Gabba, 4.35pm

Brisbane tried hard for a half against the Dogs last week, before being badly over run in the second half, to lose by 72 points. Adelaide has won three of the past four against Brisbane, including a 105 point win in round 20 last season. They will be keen to bounce back after their loss to Hawthorn last week, in which they were more than competitive for three quarters of the match. Patrick Dangerfield has been in great form of late and should prove to be a headache for Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch.

Adelaide by 22

St. Kilda V Western Bulldogs

Etihad Stadium, 7.20pm

This game has excitement written all over it. Two young, energetic sides, playing an attacking, exciting brand of football. The Dogs are slightly ahead of where the Saints are in their development at the moment, but it will still make for a mouth watering clash. Remarkably, these sides faced off just seven weeks ago in round six. In that game the Saints came from 55 points down to record the fifth greatest comeback in VFL/AFL history. The Doggies will very keen to ensure that doesn’t again and they should get over the line here to get back into the top eight.

Western Bulldogs by 30

Sunday June 28

Carlton V Gold Coast

Etihad Stadium, 3.20pm

Tough one to pick here, with the two sides sitting 16th and 18th on the ladder. The Suns look likely to welcome Gary Ablett back into the side which boost not only their chances of winning but also team morale. Despite Ablett’s likely inclusion, Carlton should win their third match of the year, after showing some much needed aggression over the past two weeks under caretaker coach John Barker.

Cartlton by 12

Byes: North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Geelong, GWS, West Coast, Melbourne