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Last weekend of the AFL did little to shed any light on the make-up of who will crack the top four by season’s end. Hawthorn has a decent run home and the weekend’s win over the Tigers looks to have almost certainly guaranteed them a top four berth. This weekend, it will be raining Cats and Dogs as Geelong hosts the Western Bulldogs at Simonds Stadium on Friday night.

On Saturday, the Giants and Tigers tough it out in the national capital, the Hawks and Blues play in Tasmania, the Pies and Eagles go to war in Melbourne, the lowly Lions play Port in Brisbane and North will look to cement its position inside the eight by defeating St Kilda.

On Sunday, the Demons and Suns meet in what shapes as a very tight affair despite neither side in contention to play September footy, Fremantle will look to keep alive its good recent record alive over the in-form Swans and the Crows should easily dispose of the wooden spoon favourites Essendon despite losing last weekend’s duel against the Cats in Geelong.


Friday, July 29, 7:50pm (AEST) @ Simonds Stadium

Geelong is coming off an impressive last start win over the Crows, who were unbeaten in their last eight matches. Instrumental midfielder Jimmy Bartel celebrates his 300th game for the Cats at AFL level and there is not a single player at the Geelong club who wouldn’t want to make it a memorable occasion by knocking off the high-flying Bulldogs. Bartel, Paddy Dangerfield and Joel Selwood hold the key to the Cats’ success this weekend, like they do in every game.

The Bulldogs are crippled with injury at the moment and in the wake of a season-ending ACL injury to Jack Redpath and the sickening compound ankle fracture to Mitch Wallis, they face an uphill battle to secure a top four berth. Despite the injury concerns and the weekend loss to St Kilda, the Bulldogs are in a good position to make a major play for a finals position.

  • The Cats have won their last nine in a row versus the Bulldogs.
  • Three of the last four matches between these teams have been decided by 1-24 points.
  • The Cats have scored 100+ points in five of their last 10 matches against the Bulldogs.
  • The Bulldogs have not reached triple figures in their last nine games against Geelong.

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Geelong v Western Bulldogs | AFL | UBET


Geelong (103) def. Western Bulldogs (78)


Saturday, July 30, 1:40pm (AEST) @ Manuka Oval

The Giants have progressed into a serious premiership contender and currently sit in second position on the AFL ladder. GWS has been the surprise packets of 2016 and after posting back-to-back wins on the weekend have almost secured a top four berth and a maiden finals appearance. Last weekend’s win over the Power underlined exactly why the Giants are a serious premiership threat to the likes of Geelong, Sydney and Hawthorn.

The Tigers don’t have as much to play for as the Giants because they’re out of finals contention and GWS is in with not just a chance of the minor premiership; they’re a serious contender for a maiden flag. The Giants start this one as outright favourites and considering they have been in sensational form on the back of players like Shane Mumford and Stevie Johnson, they should salute in this must-win encounter.

  • Richmond has never lost to GWS.
  • The Giants have never scored 100+ points against the Tigers.
  • Three of the last four matches between these teams have been won by 25+ points.
  • The Giants are enjoying a record amount of wins in a single season.

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GWS (111) def. Richmond (23)


Saturday, July 30, 2:10pm (AEST) @ Aurora Stadium

Hawthorn is marching towards a record fourth consecutive flag with consummate ease. The Hawks even have some teams beaten before a ball is bounced; such is the intimidation and confidence levels at the club. Last weekend, fittingly, veteran Sam Mitchell marked his 300th appearance for the Hawks with a win over old foes Richmond. That win cemented Hawthorn position on top of the ladder and has them as warm favourites to beat the battling Blues this weekend.

Carlton is no chance of making the finals and not much of a chance of upsetting the high-flying Hawks in Tasmania. Even though the Blues gave Sydney a hell of a fright last weekend, backing up that match by beating the Hawthorn is a completely different kettle of fish. Even though they didn’t come away with the four points against the Swans last weekend, coach Brendon Bolton would have been impressed with his emerging side’s resilience.

  • Hawthorn has won its last 12 against Carlton.
  • The Hawks have scored 100+ points against the Blue sin 11 of their past 12 matches.
  • Hawthorn has won four of the last five matches against Carlton by 25+ points.
  • The Blues haven’t scored 100+ points in their last seven games against the defending champions.

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Hawthorn v Carlton | AFL | UBET


Hawthorn (74) def. Carlton (55)


Saturday, July 30, 4:35pm (AEST) @ MCG

Collingwood is no chance of making the finals but coach Nathan Buckley will have his players primed to perform against West Coast this weekend. Last Friday night, the Pies started as favourites to knock off the Kangaroos but were unable to do so, which ultimately means their premiership chances are over.

West Coast sits in equal second position with a host of other clubs and last weekend the Eagles were pretty lucky to escape with the win against the Demons eventually collecting the valuable premiership points in the six point victory. This must-win clash against Collingwood could be the game that determines West Coast’s finals fate.

  • West Coast has won its last three matches against Collingwood.
  • Collingwood has lost its last two home games versus West Coast.
  • Two of the last three games between these teams have been won by 50+ points.
  • The Pies have won six of their past eight home games against the Eagles.

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Collginwood v West Coast | AFL | UBET


Collingwood (91) def. West Coast (72)


Saturday, July 30, 7:25pm (AEST) @ Gabba

Brisbane finally snapped a concerning losing streak on the weekend when they disposed of a very poor Essendon side in Melbourne. The Lions went into that match as underdogs despite possessing a much more accomplished roster but the Lions did not have the form on the board after repeated floggings while Essendon has been in the contest for the majority of their recent losses.

Port Adelaide’s surge up the AFL ladder came to a halt last Sunday when they were rolled on home turf against the second-placed Giants. The Power is still a mathematical chance of making the finals but they will need to win every remaining game and depend on other results going their way but the likely scenario is that the proud South Australian club will be celebrating its Mad Monday earlier than they would have hoped.

  • Port has won three of its past four games against Brisbane.
  • The last three games between these teams have been decided by 25+ points.
  • Brisbane has won its last three home games versus the Power.
  • The Lions have won five of their last eight games against Port Adelaide.

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Brisbane v Port Adelaide | AFL | UBET


Port Adelaide (173) def. Brisbane (79)


Saturday, July 30, 7:40pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne fended off the plucky Pies on the weekend to cement their position in the top eight but a loss to St Kilda, who knocked off the Bulldogs last week, will put them under extreme pressure to make the playoffs. Kangaroos legend Brent Harvey is playing in his mind-boggling 427th game this weekend and the 21-year veteran is even looking at playing another season!

The Saints recorded a plucky win over the Western Bulldogs last week but their finals prospects look to be dead and buried. The Doggies would have been more concerned with the serious injuries to Jack Redpath and Mitch Wallis though. St Kilda has an ordinary record against the Bulldogs but will come into this game full of confidence and self-belief after last week’s effort.

  • The Kangaroos have won their last five matches against the Saints.
  • Five of the last six matches between these teams have been decided by 25+ points.
  • North Melbourne has scored 100+ points in three of its last four matches against St Kilda.
  • The Roos last four wins against the Saints have been by 25+ points.

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North Melbourne v St Kilda | AFL | UBET


North Melbourne (85) def. St Kilda (62)


Sunday, July 31, 1:10pm (AEST) @ MCG

Melbourne may be out of finals contention but it is a huge chance of impacting the make-up of the eight. Last week’s loss to finals contender West Coast would have left most Demons players broken hearted after going down by just six points. Despite that loss, the Dees have plenty to be proud of and excited about after enjoying one of their best seasons in recent memory.

Gold Coast is another team without a shot of playing finals footy but, like Melbourne, will most likely have in impact on the final positioning of the top eight. Last weekend the Suns recorded their first ever home victory over Fremantle, so they will be choc-full of confidence of breaking Melbourne’s two-game winning streak over them this Sunday.

  • The Dees have won their last two matches against the Suns.
  • Melbourne has won three of its five home games against Gold Coast.
  • The last two matches between these teams have been decided by 25+ points.
  • All of Melbourne’s wins against Gold Coast have been by 25+ points.

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Melbourne v Gold Coast | AFL | UBET


Melbourne (66) def. Gold Coast (64)


Sunday, July 31, 3:20pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium

Fremantle has a surprisingly good recent record against the Swans; however they are coming off a loss to the lowly Suns and are enduring the season from hell after lighting up the competition last season. The loss against the Suns wasn’t overly surprising given the Dockers’ poor year, however Ross Lyon’s side will be keen to atone from last week’s result even though they are no mathematical chance of playing finals footy.

Sydney returned to its winning ways last weekend against the Blues with a narrow eight-point victory. While the four points was far from convincing by the Swans, it keeps their finals hope alive and puts them in good stead for a solid run towards playing September footy. The Bloods have a poor recent record against Freo and will be extra keen to reverse that trend over at Perth’s Domain Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

  • The Dockers have won their last two matches versus the Swannies.
  • The last four matches between these teams have been decided by 1-24 points.
  • Freo hasn’t scored 100+ points in its last nine games against the Swans.
  • Sydney has not scored 100+ points against Fremantle in their last 11 clashes.

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Fremantle v Sydney | AFL | UBET


Sydney (137) def. Fremantle (47)


Sunday, July 31, 4:40pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval

Adelaide may have lost its first match in eight weeks against former superstar midfielder Patrick Dangerfield’s Cats in Geelong but the Crows remain one of the flag favourites with UBET behind three-time champions Hawthorn and last week’s conquerors Geelong. The Crows performed valiantly at the daunting Simonds Stadium in freezing conditions and are expected to return to their winning ways this weekend against wooden spoon favourites Essendon.

Last weekend the Bombers won the battle for the spoon … and that’s not a good thing. The last-placed Essendon club was no match for the second-last Brisbane side in Melbourne, going down by 38 points to almost certainly secure this year’s wooden spoon. The Bombers weren’t expected to win a match this year and the fact they have won one and gone close on several other occasions speaks volumes about the resolve of the embattled Dons.

  • Essendon has won two if its last three matches against Adelaide.
  • The Crows have lost two of their last three matches against the Bombers in Adelaide.
  • Essendon has lost its last 15 matches.
  • Two of the last three matches between these teams have been decided by 25+ points.

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Adelaide v Essendon | AFL | UBET


Adelaide (143) def. Essendon (61)