It’s AFL Round 14, and there are some very interest matches in this round. In our AFL preview, there will be the battle of sun, birds, four-legged beasts, fighter planes, a troll, fictitious heavenly creatures and a power machine. And the colour of blue.
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AFL Preview Game 1: Adelaide v Hawthorn
Just a few seasons ago, this would have been considered the match of the round. But not in Round 14 of the 2017 season. Adelaide are the top team, Hawthorn are number 17 on the ladder. Not looking so good for them. They’re also playing at Adelaide’s house of pain, also know as Adelaide Oval. In keeping with its genteel cricket tradition, Adelaide Oval is not as painful for opposition teams as the infamous Football Park, which was also known as Animal Park, where many visiting teams were usually butchered at the home of the mullet.
Football Park is no longer a venue, but any field in Adelaide is still a difficult place for Hawthorn to play. But, having said all that, they might just be able to pull of a miracle. Adelaide have a habit of being caught with their pants down – against North Melbourne in Hobart, and against Melbourne in Adelaide. Hawthorn to pull off an upset. #AFLCrowsHawks
- Eddy Jay – Hawthorn, 8 points.
- Lintang Enam – Hawthorn, 19 points.
AFL Preview Game 2: Sydney v Essendon
This is the match of the round. Sydney decided to review their poor performance up to half time against Richmond – at half time, rather than a mid-week review – and pulled off a classic come-from-behind victory. A stunning victory. Essendon were on holidays last weekend and should be fresh of mind, as well as having fresh feet. They’re an excellent team this year, as was shown when they demolished Port Adelaide in their last game. But are they consistent? We will find out.
This will be a classic match – Sydney will be missing Zak Jones after he decided to play some boxing against Richmond, and Cale Hooker is missing for Essendon with a hand injury. Incredibly, Sydney could be in the top eight if they win, and other results fall their way. This is after they started the season with 0–6. They’ll win the game but not by much. #AFLSwansBombers
- Eddy Jay – Sydney, 16 points.
- Lintang Enam – Sydney 23 points.
Other AFL games this weekend
Collingwood v Port Adelaide prediction (#AFLPiesPower):
- Eddy Jay – Collingwood, 21 points.
- Lintang Enam – Collingwood, 18 points.
Brisbane v Greater Western Sydney prediction (#AFLLionsGiants):
- Eddy Jay – Greater Western Sydney, 44 points.
- Lintang Enam – Brisbane, 20 points.
Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne prediction (#AFLDogsNorth):
- Eddy Jay – Western Bulldogs, 8 points.
- Lintang Enam – Western Bulldogs, 26 points.
West Coast v Melbourne prediction (#AFLEaglesDees):
- Eddy Jay – Melbourne, 18 points.
- Lintang Enam – West Coast, 37 points.
Geelong v Fremantle prediction (#AFLCatsDockers):
- Eddy Jay – Geelong, 66 points.
- Lintang Enam – Geelong, 41 points.
Richmond v Carlton prediction (#AFLTigersBlues):
- Eddy Jay – Richmond, 21 points.
- Lintang Enam – Richmond, 27 points.
St Kilda v Gold Coast prediction (#AFLSaintsSuns):
- Eddy Jay – Gold Coast, 18 points.
- Lintang Enam – Gold Coast, 8 points.