Palmerbet Sports Team breaks down a bumper line-up of AFL Round 5 clashes, starting with a Sydney-Adelaide blockbuster on Friday and concluding with the traditional Collingwood-Essendon AnzacDay showdown!

Sydney Swans V Adelaide Crows @ SCG

Friday 20th April, 19:50 (AEST)

Sydney Adelaide
Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Jake LloydB Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Kyle Hartigan
HBCallum Mills, Dane Rampe, Jarrad McVeighHB Rory Laird, Tom Doedee, Paul Seedsman
CZak Jones, Luke Parker, Isaac HeeneyC Rory Atkins, Bryce Gibbs, Riley Knight
HFHarry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, George HewettHF Tom Lynch, Mitch McGovern, Wayne Milera
FTom Papley, Dean Towers, Kieren JackF Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker, Andy Otten
FOLCallum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Dan HanneberyFOL Sam Jacobs, Richard Douglas, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen
I/COliver Florent, Gary Rohan, Will Hayward, Harry MarshI/C Hugh Greenwood, Jordan Gallucci, Jake Kelly, Myles Poholke

Played 39: Adelaide 23 V Sydney 16.

Last Meeting: Round 22, 2017: Sydney 13.5 (83) d Adelaide 11.14 (80) at Adelaide Oval.

Final Thoughts: Sydney scraped past the Western Bulldogs by seven points last week, but they hold an equal share of the competition lead with a 3-1 record.

Adelaide took a big step backwards last week following consecutive wins over Richmond and St Kilda, whipped by Collingwood at home to the tune of 48 points.

The Crows boast a remarkable 10-6 away record against the Swans, but the Swans have won six of the last seven overall between the clubs – including the last two in Sydney. The Swans have won eight of their last nine at the SCG, while the Crows have won just one of their last four interstate.

The Crows’ bounce-back bid has suffered a further setback with Rory Sloane ruled out, while Gary Rohan and Harrison Marsh return for a Swans side that should be too good on Friday night.

Tip: Margin – Swans 1-39 @ $2.10

St Kilda Saints V GWS Giants @ Etihad Stadium

Saturday 21st April, 13:45 (AEST)

St KildaGWS
 Brandon White, Nathan J. Brown, Shane SavageB Brett Deledio, Adam Tomlinson, Heath Shaw
HB Sam Gilbert, Jake Carlisle, Jack NewnesHB Jeremy Finlayson, Phil Davis, Matt de Boer
C Jarryn Geary, Jack Steele, Blake AcresC Daniel Lloyd, Ryan Griffen, Lachie Whitfield
HF Jack Sinclair, Paddy McCartin, Jack BillingsHF Toby Greene, Jonathon Patton, Jacob Hopper
F Jade Gresham, Tim Membrey, Ben LongF Tim Taranto, Jeremy Cameron, Sam J. Reid
FOL Tom Hickey, Sebastian Ross, Jack StevenFOL Dawson Simpson, Callan Ward, Stephen Coniglio
I/C Luke Dunstan, Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield, Maverick WellerI/C Aidan Corr, Dylan Shiel, Nick Haynes, Harry Himmelberg

Played 7: St Kilda 4 V GWS 3.

Last Meeting: Round 7, 2017: St Kilda 16.12 (108) d GWS 12.13 (85) at Etihad Stadium.

Final Thoughts: GWS are part of the top-of-the-table logjam after improving to a 3-1 record with last week’s 31-point win over Fremantle in Canberra; their only loss to date was a hard-fought 16-point defeat to Sydney in Round 3.

St Kilda are in desperate need of a momentum shift after losing three straight to North Melbourne, Adelaide and Geelong by 47-plus margins – their season is already in danger of slipping away.

The Saints ended a three-match losing streak against the Giants with a 23-point upset in Melbourne last season. The Giants have won just three of their last nine away, while the Saints have won six of their last nine at Etihad.

Their away record is a concern, but the Giants should be able to get away with a win against a Saints side that is in all sorts.

Tip: Handicap – Giants -23.5 @ $1.90

Carlton Blues V West Coast Eagles @ MCG

Saturday 21st April, 16;35 (AEST)

CarltonWest Coast
 Lachie Plowman, Liam Jones, Aaron MullettB Shannon Hurn, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard
HB Cameron O’Shea, Sam Rowe, Kade SimpsonHB Lewis Jetta, Jeremy McGovern, Liam Duggan
C Zac Fisher, Paddy Dow, Sam KerridgeC Dom Sheed, Luke Shuey, Chris Masten
HF Jed Lamb, Levi Casboult, Ed CurnowHF Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, Mark LeCras
F Harry McKay, Charlie Curnow, Matthew WrightF Jake Waterman, Josh J. Kennedy, Scott Lycett
FOL Andrew Phillips, Patrick Cripps, Sam Petrevski-SetonFOL Nic Naitanui, Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff
I/C Lochie O’Brien, Jarrod Garlett, Dale Thomas, Jack SilvagniI/C Jack Redden, Jackson Nelson, Mark Hutchings, William Rioli

Played 43: West Coast 22 V Carlton 21.

Last Meeting: Round 21, 2017: West Coast 15.10 (100) d Carlton 12.11 (83) at Subiaco Oval.

Final Thoughts: Carlton remain winless and hit crisis mode last week, following up hard-fought losses to Richmond, Gold Coast and Collingwood with an abysmal 86-point rout at the hands of North Melbourne. Compounding their problems are the injury absence of Matthew Kreuzer, Jacob Weitering and Matthew Kennedy.

West Coast have a share of the AFL competition lead after three straight wins over Western Bulldogs, Geelong and Gold Coast, winning the latter by 80 points.

The Blues boast an 11-5 home record against the Eagles, but the Eagles are on a three-game winning streak against the Blues. Four of the teams’ last six clashes were decided by 17 points or less.

The Blues are on a seven-game losing streak at the MCG, and despite the Eagles’ dismal 5-8 away record since the start of last season the visitors should run away with this one.

Tip: Margin – West Coast 40+ @ $2.08

Port Adelaide V Geelong Cats @ Adelaide Oval

Saturday 21st April, 19:40 (AEST)

Port AdelaideGeelong
 Riley BonnDarcy Byrne-Jones, Tom ClureyB Jed Bews, Jake Kolodjashnij, Tom Stewart
HB Darcy Byrne-Jones, Tom Clurey, Hamish HartlettHB Jackson Thurlow, Jack Henry, Zach Tuohy
C Karl Amon, Ollie Wines, Jared PolecC Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood
HF Travis Boak, Jack Watts, Chad WingardHF Jordan Murdoch, Esava Ratugolea, Lachie Fogarty
F Justin Westhoff, Charlie Dixon, Steven MotlopF Daniel Menzel, Tom Hawkins, Brandan Parfitt
FOL Dougal Howard, Brad Ebert, Robbie GrayFOL Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan
I/C Jake Neade, Jack Hombsch, Sam Gray, Todd MarshallI/CJordan Cunico, Tim Kelly, Sam Menegola, James Parsons

Played 31: Geelong 21 V Port Adelaide 9 (1 Draw).

Last Meeting: Round 10, 2017: Geelong 11.15 (81) d Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) at Kardinia Park.

Final Thoughts: Port Adelaide’s stint at the top of AFL Premiership Futures betting didn’t last long, tumbling down to the fourth line after their unbeaten start to 2018 ended with a 22-point loss to Essendon in Round 4.

Geelong are 2-2, responding to narrow back-to-back losses to Hawthorn and West Coast with a 47-point win over St Kilda.

The Cats boast a 7-1-6 away record against the Power and have dominated the rivalry over the last decade, winning 13 of the last 14 clashes between the clubs. Port have won six of their last eight at Adelaide Oval; Geelong are out to arrest a three-game interstate losing streak.

The overwhelming support for Port is somewhat surprising and they will still be without wayward young gun Samuel Power-Pepper for this one; take advantage of the generous price for a Cats victory.

Tip: Geelong Win @ $2.48

Fremantle Dockers V Western Bulldogs @ Optus Stadium

Saturday 21st April, 20:10 (AEST)

Fremantle Western Bulldogs
 Nathan Wilson, Joel Hamling, Luke RyanB Ed Richards, Aaron Naughton, Zaine Cordy
HB Andrew Brayshaw, Alex Pearce, Ed LangdonHB Matthew Suckling, Easton Wood, Jason Johannisen
C Mitchell Crowden, Lachie Neale, Stephen HillC Patrick Lipinski, Luke Dahlhaus, Bailey Dale
HF Darcy Tucker, Cam McCarthy, Hayden BallantyneHF Josh Dunkley, Marcus Bontempelli, Mitch Wallis
F Brandon Matera, Matt Taberner, Michael WaltersF Tory Dickson, Tom Boyd, Billy Gowers
FOL Aaron Sandilands, Nat Fyfe, David MundyFOL Tim English, Toby McLean, Jack Macrae
I/C Taylin Duman, Adam Cerra, Connor Blakely, Bailey BanfieldI/C Lukas Webb, Mitch Honeychurch, Caleb Daniel, Lin Jong

Played 29: Western Bulldogs 15 V Fremantle 14.

Last Meeting: Round 3, 2017: Fremantle 13.11 (89) d Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73).

Final Thoughts: Fremantle are 2-2 after bookending a two-game winning run against Essendon and Gold Coast at home with away losses to Port Adelaide and GWS.

Western Bulldogs backed up their breakthrough win over Essendon in Round 3 with a gallant seven-point loss to Sydney. But at 1-3, near misses aren’t enough for the Dogs.

Fremantle boast an imposing 8-3 home record against the Bulldogs and have won six of the last seven games between the clubs at all venues.

The Dockers will also take confidence from a 2-0 record so far at the new Optus Stadium, while the Bulldogs are a miserable 2-7 interstate since the start of last season. Those trends are enough to get behind Freo with a bit of confidence.

Tip: Handicap – Fremantle -9.5 @ $1.90

North Melbourne Kangaroos V Hawthorn Hawks @ Etihad Stadium

Sunday 22nd April, 15:20 (AEST)

North MelbourneHawthorn
 Scott D. Thompson, Robbie Tarrant, Marley WilliamsB David Mirra, James Frawley, Ben Stratton
HB Jamie Macmillan, Majak Daw, Ed Vickers-WillisHB Taylor Duryea, James Sicily, Blake Hardwick
C Luke McDonald, Trent Dumont, Billy HartungC Isaac Smith, Jaeger O’Meara, Harry Morrison
HF Shaun Higgins, Jarrad Waite, Jed AndersonHF Luke Breust, Tim O’Brien, Jack Gunston
F Jack Ziebell, Ben Brown, Shaun AtleyF Jarman Impey, Jarryd Roughead, Ricky Henderson
FOL Todd Goldstein, Ben Jacobs, Ben CunningtonFOL Ben McEvoy, Tom Mitchell, Liam Shiels
I/C Luke Davies-Uniacke, Ryan Clarke, Kayne Turner, Jy Simpkin, Ben McKay, Sam Wright, Will Walker, Cameron Zurhaar (Three to be omitted)I/C Conor Glass, Ryan Burton, Daniel Howe, James Cousins, Will Langford, James Worpel, Kaiden Brand, Mitch Lewis (Three to be omitted)

Played 173: Hawthorn 96 V North Melbourne 75 (2 Draws).

Last Meeting: Round 21, 2017: Hawthorn 18.8 (116) d North Melbourne 14.5 (89).

Final Thoughts: North Melbourne need some consistency but they will nevertheless be satisfied with their 2-2 start, following up losses to Gold Coast in Round 1 and Melbourne in Round 3 with massive wins over St Kilda and Carlton respectively.

Hawthorn already look like they mean business, going 3-1 so far with wins over Collingwood, Geelong and Melbourne, and a hard-fought loss to Richmond. Last weekend’s 67-point win over the Demons was a big statement.

Hawthorn have won eight of their last nine against North, including the last four in a row.

The Kangaroos’ surprisingly strong start will have the Hawks on high alert, but Hawthorn still look good value against a conservative line.

Tip: Handicap – Hawthorn -13.5 @ $1.90

Brisbane Lions V Gold Coast Suns @ The Gabba

Sunday 22nd April, 16:40 (AEST)

BrisbaneGold Coast
 Nick Robertson, Harris Andrews, Darcy GardinerB Jarrod Harbrow, Rory Thompson, Jesse Joyce
HB Luke Hodge, Daniel McStay, Alex WitherdenHB Michael Rischitelli, Steven May, Jack Bowes
C Tom Cutler, Dayne Zorko, Lewis TaylorC Lachie Weller, Jarryd Lyons, Brayden Fiorini
HF Cameron Rayner, Mitch Robinson, Hugh McCluggageHF Jack Martin, Tom J. Lynch, Aaron Young
F Allen Christensen, Eric Hipwood, Charlie CameronF Darcy MacPherson, Sam Day, Alex Sexton
FOL Stefan Martin, Jarrod Berry, Dayne BeamsFOL Jarrod Witts, Touk Miller, David Swallow
I/C Ryan Bastinac, Rohan Bewick, Josh Walker, Jacob Allison, Zac Bailey, Ryan Lester, Jake Barrett, Oscar McInerney (Three to be omitted)I/C Jesse Lonergan, Max Spencer, Aaron Hall, Nick Holman, Michael Barlow, Matt Rosa, Ben Ainsworth, Kade Kolodjashnij (Three to be omitted)

Played 14: Brisbane 9 V Gold Coast 5.

Last Meeting: Round 21, 2017: Brisbane 22.10 (142) d Gold Coast 12.12 (84) at The Gabba.

Final Thoughts: Brisbane are yet to get off the mark in 2018 after hit a disturbing new low by kicking just 2.5 in a 93-point loss to Richmond at the MCG in Round 4. That meek effort came just a week after coming within a goal of rolling Port.

Gold Coast’s 2-0 start to the year is in danger of going to waste after losing to Fremantle by 28 points and West Coast by 80 in consecutive games in Perth. Though this may not be a home game, being back in South-east Queensland will be a relief for the Suns after the Commonwealth Games kept them on the road for the opening month of the premiership.

The Lions have a 6-2 Q-Clash record at the Gabba, and won at home and away against the Suns last season. But they are just 3-11 at home since the start of last season.

Both teams were dreadful last week but the Suns have certainly shown more promise so far in 2018 and are hard to resist as slight underdogs.

Tip: Gold Coast Win @ $2.10

Melbourne Demons V Richmond Tigers @ MCG

Tuesday 24th April, 19:25 (AEST)

Melbourne Richmond 
 Josh Wagner, Oscar McDonald, Neville JettaB Alex Rance, David Astbury, Dylan Grimes
HB Michael Hibberd, Jake Lever, Bernie VinceHB Bachar Houli, Nathan Broad, Jayden Short
C James Harmes, Nathan Jones, Dom TysonC Shaun Grigg, Trent Cotchin, Kamdyn McIntosh
HF Alex Neal-Bullen, Sam Weideman, Christian PetraccaHF  Jason Castagna, Sam Lloyd, Jacob Townsend
F Dean Kent, Jesse Hogan, Jake MelkshamF Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Dan Butler
FOL Max Gawn, Christian Salem, Clayton OliverFOL Toby Nankervis, Kane Lambert, Dustin Martin
I/C Angus Brayshaw, Billy Stretch, Jayden Hunt, Jeff GarlettI/C Brandon Ellis, Jack Higgins, Dion Prestia, Reece Conca

Played 188: Richmond 104 V Melbourne 82 (2 Draws).

Last Meeting: Round 5, 2017: Richmond 12.16 (88) d Melbourne 11.9 (75) at MCG .

Final Thoughts: No team is under the microscope more in Round 5 than the Melbourne Demons. The trendy pre-season tip to leap to contender status, the Dees followed up consecutive wins over Brisbane and North Melbourne with a horrible 67-point loss to Hawthorn.

At 2-2 they’re still well-placed, but the Demons face a daunting task against the defending premiers. Richmond are 3-1, subduing Hawthorn in Round 3 then restricting Brisbane to just two goals in a 93-point demolition last week.

Richmond’s 13-point win early last season ended a three-game losing run against Melbourne. The Tigers are on a 10-match winning streak at the MCG, while the Demons are 7-8 at the ground since the start of 2017.

Expect a fierce response from Melbourne, but the big-match atmosphere will suit Richmond down to the ground and they should be able to outlast their rivals.

Tip: Margin – Richmond 1-39 @ $2.14

Collingwood Magpies V Essendon Bombers @ MCG

Wednesday 25th April, 15:20 (AEST)

 Sam Murray, Lynden Dunn, Brayden MaynardB Michael Hartley, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
HB Tom Langdon, Matthew Scharenberg, Jeremy HoweHB Mark Baguley, Cale Hooker, Dyson Heppell
CSteele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Tom PhillipsC Andrew McGrath, Zach Merrett, Brendon Goddard
HF Jordan de Goey, Ben Reid, Will Hoskin-ElliottHF Josh Green, Joe Daniher, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
F Jaidyn Stephenson, Mason Cox, Callum BrownF Josh Begley, James Stewart, Jackson Merrett
FOL Brodie Grundy, Adam Treloar, Josh ThomasFOL Tom Bellchambers, Jake Stringer, Devon Smith
I/C  Jack Crisp, Travis Varcoe, Ben Crocker, James AishI/C David Zaharakis, Darcy Parish, David Myers, Matt Guelfi

Played 235: Collingwood 128 V Essendon 103 (4 Draws).

Last Meeting: Round 16, 2017: Essendon 18.9 (117) d Collingwood 12.8 (80) at MCG.

Final Thoughts: The traditional Anzac Day showdown sees two long-time rivals high on confidence come together at the MCG.

Collingwood are making a daring move after losing their first two games to Hawthorn and GWS, downing Carlton in Round 3 then stunning Adelaide with a 48-point win at Adelaide Oval last Friday.

Essendon are also 2-2, kicking off their campaign with a win over the Crows, losing two in a row to the Dockers and Bulldogs, then upsetting the previously unbeaten Power in Round 4.

The Magpies have won six of the last eight Anzac Day games against the Bombers, but Essendon prevailed by 18 points last year and doubled up with a 37-point victory less than three months later. The Pies have won just 2 of their last 9 at the MCG, while the Bombers are 5-2 at the ground since the start of last season.

This game just screams out ‘cliff-hanger’ and we’d rather sit on the fence and predict a narrow win for either side.

Tip: Triple Margin 15.5 – Any Other Result (Either Team by Under 15.5 or Draw) @ $2.10