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Last weekend was the last of the split rounds for the 2016 AFL season as the 18 clubs build towards the business end of the year. For the third straight weekend, just six AFL matches were contested while the other six teams were issued with the round 15 bye.

With all 18 clubs playing the nine matches this week, the action again begins on a Thursday night when the ladder-leading Hawks travel to Adelaide to take on the in-form Power. Then on Friday, the match of the round arrives when two of the competition favourites clash at Simonds Stadium in Geelong. The Cats have a great record over the Swans and will look to re-establish their credentials by toppling the 2012 premiers at home.

Saturday features a host of matches including the Giants v Magpies, Q-Clash part II with the Lions playing the Suns on the Gold Coast, the Bulldogs up against the Tigers and the Demons waging war with the Dockers in the Northern Territory.

Then on the final day of the AFL’s round 16 card, the Blues and Crows battle, the Bombers and Saints clash but the feature Sunday match-up pits the West Coast Eagles up against North Melbourne at Perth’s Domain Stadium.

PORT ADELAIDE
V
HAWTHORN

Thursday, July 7, 7:50pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval

The Power have won three of their last four matches against the Hawks including a last start 22-point win in August last season, however the Hawks are leading the competition (again) and are in fine touch. Last weekend Port comfortably disposed of the Bombers and will need to summon even more strength to topple the defending premiers this weekend.

Hawthorn is just being typical Hawthorn, leading the competition and looking as though a fourth straight flag is a mere formality. The Hawks earned a well-deserved break last weekend with the AFL scheduling just six matches for the weekend, but in their last start, Alastair Clarkson’s troops were impressive in dismantling the improving Suns by 26 points.

  • The Hawks have won six of their last nine matches against the Power, but have lost the last two.
  • Port has won its last two home matches against Hawthorn.
  • The last four matches between these teams have been decided by 1-24 points.
  • The Hawks’ biggest ever win was against Port Adelaide in 2011, when they won by 165 points.

Key changes:

No changes from each team's last match.

Port Adelaide Power | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

Hawthorn (101) def. Port Adelaide (79)



GEELONG
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SYDNEY

Friday, July 8, 7:50pm (AEST) @ Simonds Stadium

Geelong was afforded a round 15 bye but, like Sydney, they were beaten in their last start match. That loss to massive underdogs St Kilda was their third loss to a less-favoured opposition this season. The Cats typically beat sides in the same class as them but struggle against the likes of Carlton, Collingwood and the Saints. Expect a massive game from key Cats Jimmy Bartel, Joel Selwood and Brownlow Medal favourite Patrick Dangerfield.

Sydney and Geelong are two of the most favoured by UBET punters to win the flag this season but the Swans’ last start loss to the Dogs would be concerning for coach John Longmire. Prior to that loss, however, Sydney was in electric form pushing past the Demons to record an impressive 55-point win. The Bloods’ loss on Saturday evening means they have won just one of their last three AFL games.

  • The Cats have won four of their last six matches against the Swans. .
  • The Swans have won two of their last three over Geelong including a whopping 110-point win in 2014. .
  • The home team has been the victor in the last four matches between these teams.
  • Geelong has won its last three home games against Sydney.

Key changes:

The home side has named Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo and Darcy Lang, while the Swans have named Ted Richards, Aliir Aliir, Sam Naismith and Tom Papley in what will be Kieren Jack's 200th match for the glamour Sydney club.

Geelong Cats | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

Sydney (98) def. Geelong (60)



GWS GIANTS
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COLLINGWOOD

Saturday, July 9, 1:40pm (AEST) @ Spotless Stadium

GWS is enjoying its best season since its inception in 2012. The Giants have stormed past premiership heavyweights such as Geelong, Sydney, Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs this year and are tipped by UBET customers to give the premiership a huge shake. Star recruit Stevie Johnson has lived up to the hype by putting in plenty of high quality games while Shane Mumford has been at his brutal best throughout the year.

Collingwood flexed a bit of muscle on the weekend when they powered past the Blues to secure their sixth win of the season. Despite that victory, the Pies are considered next to no chance of making the finals as they are still three wins adrift of the eight placed Eagles. The fact the Magpies play one of the flag favourites this weekend does not bode well for their finals hopes.

  • The Magpies have not lost to the Giants in their four clashes at AFL level.
  • Collingwood has scored 100+ points in three of those four 39+ point victories.
  • The Pies won the first ever match against GWS by a massive 120 points.
  • The Giants have never reached triple figures against Collingwood.

Key changes:

Adam Kennedy, Jack Steele, Devon Smith and Adam Tomlinson return for the Giants. The Pies have named Jonathon Marsh, Taylor Adams, Alex Fasolo, Jesse White and Brent Macaffer.

GWS Giants | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

Collingwood (125) def. GWS (93)



GOLD COAST
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BRISBANE

Saturday, July 9, 4:35pm (AEST) @ Metricon Stadium

The second instalment of the AFL’s Q-Clash takes place at the home venue of the Suns on the Gold Coast on Saturday evening. With the Suns finally snapping a very concerning losing streak last weekend, Rodney Eade’s men will be full of confidence. Gold Coast is seeking retribution for losing their fourth round encounter to the Lions at the Gabba earlier this year.

The Lions’ lone win in 2016 came against the Suns back in mid-April but since then, the woeful Brisbane club has been nothing short of disappointing. If it wasn’t for the 12 Essendon players being banned from playing in the AFL this season, the Lions would be sitting alone at the bottom of the ladder. Brisbane’s record against the Gold Coast is pretty good and they should fancy their chances against their Queensland rivals.

  • The Lions have won seven of their last 10 matches against the Suns.
  • Brisbane’s only win of 2016 came in round four against the Gold Coast, and only the Suns have won a match since then.
  • The Lions have scored 100+ points in their last three wins over the Suns.
  • Gold Coast has won its last two home games against Brisbane.

Key changes:

Jarrod Garlett was named earlier this week by the Suns, while the Lions have named Dayne Zorko and Rueben William in place of Ben Keays and Josh Walker.

Gold Coast Suns | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

Gold Coast (139) def. Brisbane (113)



WESTERN BULLDOGS
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RICHMOND

Saturday, July 9, 7:25pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium

The Western Bulldogs produced some of their best footy over the weekend, on their way to a much-needed win over competition heavyweights the Swans in Sydney. That victory created a log jam in the middle of the ladder with six teams, including the Dogs and Bloods all on 40 points, with premiers Hawthorn one win ahead on top of the table.

Richmond couldn’t match the feat of the Bulldogs last weekend, going down to the Power at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. That loss on the weekend all but extinguished any hope the Tigers have of cracking the AFL’s top eight. In fact it would take a small miracle and a series of fortunate results to fall their way if they are to make the finals this season.

  • The Bulldogs have won six of their last nine against the Tigers, including the last two.
  • Six of the last nine matches between these teams have been decided by 39+ points.
  • The Dogs have scored 100+ points in five of their last six wins over Richmond.
  • Richmond has scored 100+ points in their last three wins over the Bulldogs, which were all by 39+ points.

Key changes:

Fletcher Roberts and Koby Stevens were named for the Dogs after last week's tight win over the Swans. The Tigers welcome Daniel Rioli, Oleg Markov, Shaun Hampson, Jason Castagna and Liam McBean to this week's squad.

Western Bulldogs | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

Western Bulldogs (85) def. Richmond (75)



MELBOURNE
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FREMANTLE

Saturday, July 9, 7:40pm (AEST) @ TIO Stadium

Last week the Demons went down to the Crows in Melbourne, but they didn’t lose without putting up a brave fight, eventually losing by 22 points to one of the flag favourites. The Dees are not considered any hope of making the finals but given the form of midfielder Bernie Vince and forward Jeff Garlett, they are more than capable of worrying opponents over the next couple of months.

Fremantle has been the most disappointing team in the AFL this year. They have gone from world-beating minor premiers to easy-beats in the space of one off-season. After losing their first 10 matches in 2016, they did claw back some pride with three straight wins, however they are last start losers after Collingwood easily beat them. Freo is coming off a bye and should be fresh in a bid to restore some lost pride.

  • The Demons have won eight of their last 10 matches against the Dockers.
  • Eight of the last 10 matches have been decided by 39+ points, including the last six.
  • Freo won their last match against Melbourne at TIO Stadium by 63 points.
  • The Dees have lost their last three ‘home’ games against Fremantle.

Key changes:

Jack Grimes and Mitch White return for the Dees, while the Dockers have named Garrick Ibbotson, Jonathon Griffin and Ed Langdon in their squad.

Melbourne Demons | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

Melbourne (87) def. Fremantle (55)



CARLTON
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ADELAIDE

Sunday, July 10, 1:10pm (AEST) @ MCG

Carlton is not considered a genuine chance of playing in the finals, much less winning its first flag in 21 years. Last weekend’s loss to bitter foes Collingwood ended any hopes they had of playing September footy. The topsy-turvy nature of that clash saw a host of lead changes but the Blues were simply unable to match the intensity of the Pies eventually losing by 12 points.

The Crows are in a much better situation than this weekend’s opponents. Adelaide currently sits in equal second position (with five other clubs) on 40 points – just one win shy of the ladder-leading defending premiers Hawthorn. Last week, Eddie Betts and captain Tex Walker masterminded and executed the Crows game plan on their way to beating the Demons by 22 points.

  • The Crows have won nine of their last 13 matches against the Blues.
  • Carlton has won four of its last six matches against Adelaide, including two of its last three at home.
  • The Blues’ last two wins over the Crows have been by 1-24 points.
  • The Crows have not reached triple figures in their last three games against the Blues.

Key changes:

Dennis Armfield, Dylan Buckley, Nick Graham and Jason Tutt come into the Blues' set-up. The Crows have named Paul Seedsman, Wayne Milera, Ricky Henderson and Jake Kelly.

Carlton FC | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

Adelaide (107) def. Carlton (47)



WEST COAST
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NORTH MELBOURNE

Sunday, July 10, 3:20pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium

West Coast currently sits in outright eighth position on the AFL ladder, however they are incredibly just two wins from first position. There are six teams locked on 40 competition points and the Eagles are two wins clear of the ninth placed Power. Last week the Eagles, expectedly, easily dispatched of the hapless Bombers in Perth but that win is hardly a gauge of how they will perform this weekend against the Roos.

North Melbourne, along with five other clubs, is among a log jam on 40 competition points, just one win shy of ladder leaders Hawthorn and one win shy of dropping out of the finals contention altogether. The Kangaroos had a well-timed bye last weekend after suffering three straight losses to premiership heavyweights Geelong, Hawthorn and Adelaide.

  • The Eagles have won six of their last eight matches against the Kangaroos.
  • West Coast has also won six of its last eight matches at Domain Stadium against North.
  • North Melbourne has not reached triple figures against the Eagles in their last eight games.
  • Just one of the last 13 matches between these teams has been won by 39+ points.

Key changes:

Josh Hill, Jack Redden and Liam Duggan have been added to an extended Eagles squad. Jed Anderson, Ryan Clarke and Majak Daw have been named for what will be Andrew Swallow's 200th match.

West Coast Eagles | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

West Coast (104) def. North Melbourne (72)



ESSENDON
V
ST KILDA

Sunday, July 10, 4:40pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium

Despite suffering a 78-point loss last weekend, the Bombers were not as bad as the end score reflected. West Coast did not actually really put the severely depleted Dons to the sword until the final quarter and after all is said and done, coach John Worsfold should be pretty happy his team was able to test the Eagles in Perth, considering how powerful the Perth club is when playing at their home ground.

Unlike the Bombers, the Saints would not be proud of their weekend display after they suffered a 40-point loss to a team that hadn’t won since round three this year. St Kilda’s loss to the Gold Coast Suns was one of their worst displays of 2016 and considering they were backing up from such a gutsy win over an extremely strong Geelong team the week before, makes it an even more unforgivable loss. That capitulation to the Suns all but ends any chance the Saints have of making the finals in 2016.

  • St Kilda has won three of its last four matches against Essendon, including the last two by 39+ points.
  • The Saints have scored 100+ points against the Dons in four of their last 10 matches, including the last two.
  • The Bombers have not reached triple figures in their last four against St Kilda.
  • Four of the last seven matches have been won by 39+ points.

Key changes:

The Bombers have summoned mass changes with Sam Michael, Patrick Ambrose, Shaun McKernan, Aaron Francis, Kyle Langford, Jayden Laverde, Conor McKenna and James Polkinghorne named. St Kilda also added plenty of players in the form of Sean Dempster, Eli Templeton, Nathan Wright, Daniel McKenzie and Lewis Pierce.

Essendon FC | AFL | UBET

RESULTS

St Kilda (109) def. Essendon (98)