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!
Friday 20th April, 19:50 (AEST)
|Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Jake Lloyd||B||Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Kyle Hartigan|
|HB||Callum Mills, Dane Rampe, Jarrad McVeigh||HB||Rory Laird, Tom Doedee, Paul Seedsman|
|C||Zak Jones, Luke Parker, Isaac Heeney||C||Rory Atkins, Bryce Gibbs, Riley Knight|
|HF||Harry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, George Hewett||HF||Tom Lynch, Mitch McGovern, Wayne Milera|
|F||Tom Papley, Dean Towers, Kieren Jack||F||Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker, Andy Otten|
|FOL||Callum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Dan Hannebery||FOL||Sam Jacobs, Richard Douglas, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen|
|I/C||Oliver Florent, Gary Rohan, Will Hayward, Harry Marsh||I/C||Hugh Greenwood, Jordan Gallucci, Jake Kelly, Myles Poholke|
History: 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.
Saturday 21st April, 13:45 (AEST)
|Brandon White, Nathan J. Brown, Shane Savage||B||Brett Deledio, Adam Tomlinson, Heath Shaw|
|HB||Sam Gilbert, Jake Carlisle, Jack Newnes||HB||Jeremy Finlayson, Phil Davis, Matt de Boer|
|C||Jarryn Geary, Jack Steele, Blake Acres||C||Daniel Lloyd, Ryan Griffen, Lachie Whitfield|
|HF||Jack Sinclair, Paddy McCartin, Jack Billings||HF||Toby Greene, Jonathon Patton, Jacob Hopper|
|F||Jade Gresham, Tim Membrey, Ben Long||F||Tim Taranto, Jeremy Cameron, Sam J. Reid|
|FOL||Tom Hickey, Sebastian Ross, Jack Steven||FOL||Dawson Simpson, Callan Ward, Stephen Coniglio|
|I/C||Luke Dunstan, Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield, Maverick Weller||I/C||Aidan Corr, Dylan Shiel, Nick Haynes, Harry Himmelberg|
History: 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.
Saturday 21st April, 16;35 (AEST)
|Lachie Plowman, Liam Jones, Aaron Mullett||B||Shannon Hurn, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard|
|HB||Cameron O’Shea, Sam Rowe, Kade Simpson||HB||Lewis Jetta, Jeremy McGovern, Liam Duggan|
|C||Zac Fisher, Paddy Dow, Sam Kerridge||C||Dom Sheed, Luke Shuey, Chris Masten|
|HF||Jed Lamb, Levi Casboult, Ed Curnow||HF||Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, Mark LeCras|
|F||Harry McKay, Charlie Curnow, Matthew Wright||F||Jake Waterman, Josh J. Kennedy, Scott Lycett|
|FOL||Andrew Phillips, Patrick Cripps, Sam Petrevski-Seton||FOL||Nic Naitanui, Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff|
|I/C||Lochie O’Brien, Jarrod Garlett, Dale Thomas, Jack Silvagni||I/C||Jack Redden, Jackson Nelson, Mark Hutchings, William Rioli|
History: 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.
Saturday 21st April, 19:40 (AEST)
|Riley BonnDarcy Byrne-Jones, Tom Clurey||B||Jed Bews, Jake Kolodjashnij, Tom Stewart|
|HB||Darcy Byrne-Jones, Tom Clurey, Hamish Hartlett||HB||Jackson Thurlow, Jack Henry, Zach Tuohy|
|C||Karl Amon, Ollie Wines, Jared Polec||C||Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood|
|HF||Travis Boak, Jack Watts, Chad Wingard||HF||Jordan Murdoch, Esava Ratugolea, Lachie Fogarty|
|F||Justin Westhoff, Charlie Dixon, Steven Motlop||F||Daniel Menzel, Tom Hawkins, Brandan Parfitt|
|FOL||Dougal Howard, Brad Ebert, Robbie Gray||FOL||Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan|
|I/C||Jake Neade, Jack Hombsch, Sam Gray, Todd Marshall||I/C||Jordan Cunico, Tim Kelly, Sam Menegola, James Parsons|
History: 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
Saturday 21st April, 20:10 (AEST)
|Nathan Wilson, Joel Hamling, Luke Ryan||B||Ed Richards, Aaron Naughton, Zaine Cordy|
|HB||Andrew Brayshaw, Alex Pearce, Ed Langdon||HB||Matthew Suckling, Easton Wood, Jason Johannisen|
|C||Mitchell Crowden, Lachie Neale, Stephen Hill||C||Patrick Lipinski, Luke Dahlhaus, Bailey Dale|
|HF||Darcy Tucker, Cam McCarthy, Hayden Ballantyne||HF||Josh Dunkley, Marcus Bontempelli, Mitch Wallis|
|F||Brandon Matera, Matt Taberner, Michael Walters||F||Tory Dickson, Tom Boyd, Billy Gowers|
|FOL||Aaron Sandilands, Nat Fyfe, David Mundy||FOL||Tim English, Toby McLean, Jack Macrae|
|I/C||Taylin Duman, Adam Cerra, Connor Blakely, Bailey Banfield||I/C||Lukas Webb, Mitch Honeychurch, Caleb Daniel, Lin Jong|
History: 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.
Sunday 22nd April, 15:20 (AEST)
|Scott D. Thompson, Robbie Tarrant, Marley Williams||B||David Mirra, James Frawley, Ben Stratton|
|HB||Jamie Macmillan, Majak Daw, Ed Vickers-Willis||HB||Taylor Duryea, James Sicily, Blake Hardwick|
|C||Luke McDonald, Trent Dumont, Billy Hartung||C||Isaac Smith, Jaeger O’Meara, Harry Morrison|
|HF||Shaun Higgins, Jarrad Waite, Jed Anderson||HF||Luke Breust, Tim O’Brien, Jack Gunston|
|F||Jack Ziebell, Ben Brown, Shaun Atley||F||Jarman Impey, Jarryd Roughead, Ricky Henderson|
|FOL||Todd Goldstein, Ben Jacobs, Ben Cunnington||FOL||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)|
History: 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.
Sunday 22nd April, 16:40 (AEST)
|Nick Robertson, Harris Andrews, Darcy Gardiner||B||Jarrod Harbrow, Rory Thompson, Jesse Joyce|
|HB||Luke Hodge, Daniel McStay, Alex Witherden||HB||Michael Rischitelli, Steven May, Jack Bowes|
|C||Tom Cutler, Dayne Zorko, Lewis Taylor||C||Lachie Weller, Jarryd Lyons, Brayden Fiorini|
|HF||Cameron Rayner, Mitch Robinson, Hugh McCluggage||HF||Jack Martin, Tom J. Lynch, Aaron Young|
|F||Allen Christensen, Eric Hipwood, Charlie Cameron||F||Darcy MacPherson, Sam Day, Alex Sexton|
|FOL||Stefan Martin, Jarrod Berry, Dayne Beams||FOL||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)|
History: 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.
Tuesday 24th April, 19:25 (AEST)
|Josh Wagner, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta||B||Alex Rance, David Astbury, Dylan Grimes|
|HB||Michael Hibberd, Jake Lever, Bernie Vince||HB||Bachar Houli, Nathan Broad, Jayden Short|
|C||James Harmes, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson||C||Shaun Grigg, Trent Cotchin, Kamdyn McIntosh|
|HF||Alex Neal-Bullen, Sam Weideman, Christian Petracca||HF||Jason Castagna, Sam Lloyd, Jacob Townsend|
|F||Dean Kent, Jesse Hogan, Jake Melksham||F||Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Dan Butler|
|FOL||Max Gawn, Christian Salem, Clayton Oliver||FOL||Toby Nankervis, Kane Lambert, Dustin Martin|
|I/C||Angus Brayshaw, Billy Stretch, Jayden Hunt, Jeff Garlett||I/C||Brandon Ellis, Jack Higgins, Dion Prestia, Reece Conca|
History: 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.
Wednesday 25th April, 15:20 (AEST)
|Sam Murray, Lynden Dunn, Brayden Maynard||B||Michael Hartley, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad|
|HB||Tom Langdon, Matthew Scharenberg, Jeremy Howe||HB||Mark Baguley, Cale Hooker, Dyson Heppell|
|C||Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips||C||Andrew McGrath, Zach Merrett, Brendon Goddard|
|HF||Jordan de Goey, Ben Reid, Will Hoskin-Elliott||HF||Josh Green, Joe Daniher, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti|
|F||Jaidyn Stephenson, Mason Cox, Callum Brown||F||Josh Begley, James Stewart, Jackson Merrett|
|FOL||Brodie Grundy, Adam Treloar, Josh Thomas||FOL||Tom Bellchambers, Jake Stringer, Devon Smith|
|I/C||Jack Crisp, Travis Varcoe, Ben Crocker, James Aish||I/C||David Zaharakis, Darcy Parish, David Myers, Matt Guelfi|
History: 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.