AFL Round 3: Super Saturday AFL Previews

Tex Walker

Port Adelaide v Brisbane Lions

Adelaide Oval, 1:15pm ACST Saturday, April 7, 2018

This has the makings of a grand mismatch. Port Adelaide seemed to have become the ‘real deal’ after upsetting Sydney at the SCG last weekend, and playing at their home ground means they should be able to deal with Brisbane fairly easily.

 

Now before people start saying ‘there’s no such thing as an easy game in AFL’, we beg to differ. Port Adelaide have made no changes to the team, and Brisbane bring in Mitch Robinson. Brisbane is still developing as a team, while Port Adelaide added some meat to their bones during the off-season, and we think it’s not unrealistic to put them up their as a premiership contender.

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Too strong, too good, Port Adelaide will have too much talent for Brisbane.

Last time:

  • Round 13, 2017. Port Adelaide 18.13 defeated Brisbane 12.9.

Predictions:

  • Eddy Jay: Port Adelaide 38 points
  • Lintang Enam: Port Adelaide, 41 points
  • Computer says: Port Adelaide, 27 points

 Melbourne v North Melbourne

MCG, 2:10pm AEST Saturday, April 7, 2018

Melbourne are looking good for a victory here. They have a new bright blue jumper, and North Melbourne butchered the ball too badly last weekend to be seriously considered a winner here. Melbourne by some, unless North’s Ben Brown can kick a bundle of goals.

Last time:

  • Round 19, 2017. North Melbourne 11.10 defeated Melbourne 10.12.

Predictions:

  • Eddy Jay: Melbourne, 38 points
  • Lintang Enam: Melbourne, 41 points
  • Computer says: Melbourne, 1 point

Gold Coast Suns v Fremantle

Perth Stadium, 2:35pm AWST Saturday, April 7, 2018

Gold Coast are playing a home game in Perth, about 4,357 kilometres away from their real home in Queensland. We don’t quite follow this, but it should be an interesting game. Gold Coast are up with their new coach, Stuart Dew, and Fremantle are sort of on the way up with their old coach, Ross Lyon. Should be a close one, but we think the surprising Suns will continue to surprise.

Last time:

  • Round 20, 2017. Fremantle 12.18 defeated Gold Coast 10.7.

Predictions:

  • Eddy Jay: Gold Coast, 21 points
  • Lintang Enam: Gold Coast, 16 points
  • Computer says: Gold Coast, 1 point

Sydney Swans v GWS Giants

SCG, 7:25pm AEST Saturday, April 7, 2018

Another Battle of the Bridge, and we’re quite convinced that Greater Western Sydney are a better team, but not performing very well. Maybe this is what happens with manufactured teams, but they’ll be missing Toby Greene again, as well as Tom Scully. Sam Reid makes a return for Sydney, not to be confused with Greater Western Sydney’s Sam Reid. It’s so confusing when the one game has two players with the same name. Just ask Josh Kennedy during Sydney v West Coast games, or Tom Lynch during Adelaide v Gold Coast games. Sydney should be able to win this game, as long as they remember to convert their inside-50 count into goals. Otherwise, they’ll be flogged like they were against Port Adelaide.

Last time:

  • Round 17, 2017. Sydney 14.12 defeated Greater Western Sydney 12.11.

Predictions:

  • Eddy Jay: Gold Coast, 21 points
  • Lintang Enam: Gold Coast, 16 points
  • Computer says: Greater Western Sydney, 7 points

St Kilda v Adelaide Crows

Docklands Stadium, 7:25pm AEST Saturday, April 7, 2018

Even after two rounds, things don’t seem to be going too well for St Kilda. Already under the pump for a shocking performance against North Melbourne last weekend – 2.10 in the first half! – and we feel that the coach, Alan Richardson, is facing his moment of truth. St Kilda might actually a good team, but they’re lacking something Adelaide has in spades – leadership. Taylor Walker seems like a tough nut as Adelaide captain – thinking about leaving the club (like Jake Lever did last year)? Well, you’ll be slagged off in the media and ostracised for even thinking about it. Complain about a pre-season camp which played a series of grueling military style-mind games? “The best time of my life”, says ‘Tex’, and don’t you dare complain about it. St Kilda doesn’t have this type of on-field leadership and we think it will work against them on Saturday night. Adelaide to win handsomely.

Last time:

  • Round 12, 2017. Adelaide 16.15 defeated St Kilda 7.12.

Predictions:

  • Eddy Jay: Adelaide, 37 points
  • Lintang Enam: Adelaide, 21 points
  • Computer says: Adelaide, 8 points
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