Last week: 6

Season total: 125

Friday August 28

Geelong V Collingwood

MCG, 7.50pm (All times local)

Geelong sit ninth and must win the next two games and rely on other results to have any chance of playing finals. The stakes are high and given Geelong’s experience, you would expect the Cats to get over the line against a Collingwood side on a downward spiral. The Pies will no doubt come out firing after a humiliating 91 point loss to Richmond last week, but it won’t be enough against Geelong, who will also be furious after letting two points slip against the Saints.

Geelong by 28

Saturday August 29

GWS V Carlton

Spotless Stadium, 1.45pm

Carlton smashed Melbourne last week, especially in the first half. But don’t read too much into that, as Melbourne were insipid. The Giants also copped a hiding, but they’ll be keen to put that one off poor performance behind them. GWS has beaten Carlton the last two times the sides have met, including a 78 point thrashing in round seven.

GWS by 24

Hawthorn V Brisbane

Aurora Stadium, 2.10pm

This one could get ugly. Brisbane was humiliated by Adelaide last week to the tune of 87 points. Hawthorn have traditionally belted teams this season the week after a loss and expect Saturday to be no different.

Hawthorn by 110

North Melbourne V Western Bulldogs

Etihad Stadium, 4.35pm

The Bulldogs are coming off a six day break after a tough trip going down to West Coast in Perth. North Melbourne have now won seven on the trot and are arguably the form team of the competition after beating ladder leaders Fremantle last week. The Dogs will become the Roos’ eighth consecutive victim.

North Melbourne by 18

Essendon V Richmond

MCG, 7.2opm

Well at least Bombers showed some fight last week, only just losing to the Suns by two points. The Tigers should belt Essendon on Saturday night though, after a commanding 91 point win over Collingwood last week further signaled their intent leading into finals.

Richmond by 55

Gold Coast V Port Adelaide

Port are still playing some good footy this season, despite being out of the finals race. Gold Coast forward Charlie Dixon will want to put in a good showing in front of his potential new club to ensure he is paid top dollar should he decide to cross to the Power. Port Adelaide have won their past four against the Suns and will be too strong.

Port Adelaide by 22

Sunday August 30

Adelaide V West Coast

Adelaide Oval, 12.40pm

Huge game for the Crows, who can cement a spot in the eight if they can beat West Coast this week. They have been in great form lately, but can’t see them beating the all conquering Eagles, who are enjoying a brilliant season and are now just two points off top spot. West Coast have never lost at Adelaide Oval, winning on both their visits.

West Coast by 23

St Kilda V Sydney

Etihad Stadium, 3.20pm

St Kilda will be absolutely thrilled with taking two points off the Cats last week. But Sydney won’t let their guard down and should be far too strong for the young Saints. The Swans have won their past four against St Kilda by an average margin of 44 points.

Sydney by 33

Fremantle V Melbourne

Melbourne were insipid last week, so anything that looks remotely more competitive or positive than that will be a huge plus for the club and its fans. Freo have not been at their best over the past month but should still easily account for the Dees at home. Melbourne has not won in Perth since 2004 and the club has lost 15 games in a row at Subiaco.

Fremantle by 48