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After a few cracking contests in the third week of AFL action, we again begin should be a stellar start to the week with Friday night footy featuring the Eagles and Tigers from out west.

It has been a ‘bright’ start to the year for the Suns, and they headline the Saturday action, where they take on struggling northern rivals, the Lions. Essendon will face their toughest test of the year when they head to the MCG to tackle the fifth-placed Geelong.

The high-flying Crows welcome the ladder-leading Swans to Adelaide on Saturday night and the round concludes with the Pies hosting the Dees and North Melbourne looking to add to the woes of the Dockers at Etihad Stadium.



WEST COAST v RICHMOND

Friday, April 15, 8:10 pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium, Perth

The Eagles are coming off a highly charged Western Derby win over Fremantle and have the luxury of playing a second consecutive match at their home venue. The Tigers, meanwhile, have been very disappointing since they overcame the Blues in the first round.

West Coast possesses a pretty poor record against the Tigers on their home turf, but their form has been solid with wins over Brisbane and the Dockers. Pressure is beginning to build on Richmond coach, Damien Hardwick and only a win is likely to satisfy the Tigers’ frustrated fan base.

  • Three of the last four matches between these two have been decided by 1-24.
  • Each team has five wins in the last 10 matches between the Tigers and Eagles.
  • In their last six matches at Domain Stadium, it is three wins apiece, but Richmond has won the last two.
  • This is the Tigers’ equal worst start to a season since 2010, where they had two points from the first four weeks.

Key changes:

The Eagles remain unchanged, while Andrew Moore and Taylor Hunt come into the team for omitted Richmond duo Anthony Miles and Jayden Short.


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RESULTS

West Coast (125) def. Richmond (57)



BRISBANE v GOLD COAST

Saturday, April 16, 4:35 pm (AEST) @ Gabba

The story could hardly contrast any further between the Suns and Lions. Brisbane hasd been belted in every game so far, while the Gold Coast have been on fire, registering easy wins in all three rounds. Last week, they basically led from start to finish in the 54-point thumping of Carlton to continue the club’s best ever start to an AFL season.

To be fair to the Lions, though, they have played last year’s grand finalist West Coast, the undefeated North Melbourne and A Patrick Dangerfield-inspired Geelong. They opened betting for the first of this year’s two Q Clashes at $2.90 but have since gone out to $3.50.

  • The Suns have won three of the last four Q Clashes, including two by more than 25 points.
  • Four of Brisbane’s six wins over the Gold Coast have been by 25+ points.
  • The Suns have won just two of seven against the Lions at the Gabba.
  • All three of the Suns’ wins in 2016 have been by 25+ points, while all of the Lions losses have been by that same margin.

Key changes:

Daniel Rich is a huge in for the Lions, while for the Suns, Touk Miller, Keegan Brooksby and Callum Ah Chee have been named in place of Rory Thompson (ankle), Trent McKenzie (nose), and the omitted Brandon Matera.


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RESULTS

Brisbane (107) def. Gold Coast (94)



ADELAIDE v SYDNEY

Saturday, April 16, 7:40 pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval

The Swans are sitting pretty on top of the ladder after three rounds, but will face their sternest test against a buoyant Adelaide team coming off consecutive wins over the Power and Tigers. Sydney was given a thorough examination by crosstown rivals, the Giants last week, but passed with flying colours.

Aside from their round one slip-up, the Crows have been extremely impressive so far this year. The Crows don’t have a great record against Sydney but in front of their home crowd and on the back of some strong form, they are fair chance of registering the first blip on the Swans’ 2016 radar.

  • In their last 10 meetings, it is five wins each, but the Swans have won their last four over the Crows.
  • All five of Sydney’s wins against Adelaide have been by 25+ points.
  • In the last 10 meetings (dating back to 2007), the Crows have not been able to score 100 points or more.
  • All of the Swans’ and Crows’ wins this year have been by 25+ points, while Adelaide’s only loss was by just 10.

Key changes:

Crows forward, Tom Lynch comes into the side for Riley Knight. Swans veteran, Jarrad McVeigh makes his first appearance of the season while Dean Towers has also been named by John Longmire.


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RESULTS

Adelaide (113) def. Sydney (103)



GWS GIANTS v PORT ADELAIDE

Sunday, April 17, 1:10 pm (AEST) @ StarTrack Oval

The Giants were brave in defeat against the Swans over the weekend, and while they pushed their Sydney cousins hard, it was a Buddy Franklin brace that ultimately proved the difference. Port, meanwhile, produced a mammoth 119-point turn around. They smashed the Bombers by 61 points after they were belted by the Crows in The Showdown the previous week.

The Giants return to Canberra – the sight of their first ever win, which was against the Suns back in 2012. Their only other win during their inaugural season was against … yep, you guessed it, Port Adelaide.

GWS starts this one as a deserved favourite, but Port showed signs of life against the Dons last week, led by inspirational midfielder, Robbie Gray.

  • The Giants won the teams’ first encounter back in 2012, but the Power haven’t lost to them since, posting four consecutive victories.
  • Four of their five matches have resulted in wins by 25+ points.
  • The Power have scored more than 100 points in every win over GWS.
  • Gray produced the most disposals (30) in the Power’s win over Essendon.

Key changes:

Matt Buntine, Jack Steele, Jarrod Pickett, Nick Haynes, Adam Tomlinson and Jacob Hopper are in for injured GWS trio Devon Smith (knee), Aidan Corr (ankle), Will Hoskin-Elliott (quad). For Port, Hamish Hartlett, Chad Wingard and Sam Colquhoun have been added to the squad.


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RESULTS

GWS (151) def. Port Adelaide (65)