Last week: 6

Season total: 131

Friday September 4

Richmond V North Melbourne

Etihad Stadium, 7.50pm (All times local)

The Roos have won the past five matches against Richmond, but with almost half the senior team being rested, it’s hard to see that trend continuing. Both sides have been in great form, with Richmond only losing once match since round 18 and the Roos winning seven in a row, before going down to the Bulldogs last week. Would be a cracking match if it weren’t for North resting so many players. Richmond should win fairly comfortably.

Richmond by 28

Saturday September 5

Geelong V Adelaide

Simonds Stadium, 1.05pm

Hard to see the Cats getting up considering they cannot play finals, but they will want to put in a good performance to send off their premiership stars in Matthew Stokes, James Kelly and Steve Johnson. Adelaide was superb last week, beating West Coast by 57 points. The Crows will aim to keep their good form going heading into finals.

Adelaide by 22

Brisbane V Western Bulldogs

Gabba, 1.45pm

The Bulldogs belted the Lions by 72 points in round 12 this season and a similar result would not be out of the question. The Lions are in disarray both on and off the field at the moment, with several young players expected to leave at season’s end.

Western Bulldogs by 87

Port Adelaide V Fremantle

Adelaide Oval, 3.20pm

Port will surely get the win here, with Fremantle resting a whopping 11 players for the trip to Adelaide. The Power have been impressive the past few weeks, highlighted by a hard fought victory of Hawthorn two weeks ago.

Port Adelaide by 26

Hawthorn V Carlton

MCG, 4.40pm

Hawthorn will enjoy a nice training run the week before finals against the Blues on Saturday. After a humiliating 135 point loss to the Hawks in round 17, Carlton will simply be hoping for a better showing than that tomorrow evening.

Hawthorn by 80

Sydney V Gold Coast

SCG, 7.25pm

Sydney will be hoping to find form heading into finals after an inconsistent month. Gold Coast were full of fight last week against the Power, as their half time melee showed, but the Suns will need to pull something magical out of the bag to be any chance in this one.

Sydney by 44

West Coast V St Kilda

Domain Stadium, 5.40pm

The Eagles can’t take their foot of the pedal, with a loss meaning they will lose a home qualifying final. They will have a point to prove after being thrashed by the Crows in Adelaide last week.

West Coast by 28

Sunday September 6

Melbourne V GWS

Etihad Stadium, 1.10pm

The Giants have won their last four matches against the Dees, one of only two teams that they hold a winning record over. Melbourne have not won at Etihad Stadium for eight years and will once again try to break the losing streak this weekend.

GWS by 22

Collingwood V Essendon

MCG, 3.20pm

Collingwood was super impressive last Friday night to end the Cats’ finals hopes. Interestingly, both sides have won just one final round match since 2009. Collingwood should add a win to that record on Sunday with a comfortable victory over the Bombers.

Collingwood by 34