Palmerbet Sports Team breaks down a bumper line-up of AFL Round 7 clashes, kicking off with a Geelong-GWS blockbuster on Friday night and featuring a 2017 finals rematch between West Coast and Port Adelaide on Saturday!
Friday 4th May, 19:50 (AEST)
|Jack Henry, Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart||B||Jeremy Finlayson, Adam Tomlinson, Heath Shaw|
|HB||Jed Bews, Jake Kolodjashnij, Zach Tuohy||HB||Nick Haynes, Phil Davis, Matt de Boer|
|C||Jackson Thurlow, Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood||C||Lachie Whitfield, Dylan Shiel, Aidan Corr|
|HF||Cory Gregson, Esava Ratugolea, Stewart Crameri||HF||Daniel Lloyd, Harry Himmelberg, Jacob Hopper|
|F||Sam Menegola, Tom Hawkins, Jordan Murdoch||F||Callan Ward, Ryan Griffen, Sam J. Reid|
|FOL||Zac Smith, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan||FOL||Jonathon Patton, Stephen Coniglio, Nick Shipley|
|I/C||Jordan Cunico, Lachie Fogarty, Zach Guthrie, Tim Kelly||I/C||Tim Taranto, Zac Langdon, Lachlan Keeffe, Dylan Buckley|
History: Played 8: Geelong 6 V GWS 1 (1 Draw).
Last Meeting: Round 23, 2017: Geelong 15.13 (103) d GWS 8.11 (59) at Kardinia Park.
Final Thoughts: Geelong are 3-3 after last week’s home loss to the Swans and are desperate to avoid a Sydney double-whammy when the Giants come to town for the AFL Round 7 opener.
GWS have made a solid start to 2018, responding to their draw against St Kilda with a 34-point win over Brisbane to improve to a 4-1-1 record.
The teams met twice in the second half of 2017, playing out a thrilling draw in Sydney in Round 15 before the Cats romped home by 44 points eight weeks later.
The Cats are 3-0 against the Giants at home and have won 10 of their last 12 at Kardinia Park. The Giants have won just one of their last six away games.
The return of Gary Ablett should boost the Cats sufficiently to get over the travel-shy Giants.
Saturday 5th May, 13:45 (AEST)
|Western Bulldogs||Gold Coast|
|Matthew Suckling, Aaron Naughton, Zaine Cordy||B||Jarrod Harbrow, Rory Thompson, Jesse Joyce|
|HB||Jason Johannisen, Lewis Young, Hayden Crozier||HB||Lachie Weller, Max Spencer, Jack Bowes|
|C||Bailey Williams, Lachie Hunter, Ed Richards||C||Matt Rosa, Jarryd Lyons, Alex Sexton|
|HF||Josh Dunkley, Marcus Bontempelli, Mitch Wallis||HF||Callum Ah Chee, Sam Day, Aaron Young|
|F||Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Boyd, Billy Gowers||F||Ben Ainsworth, Jack Martin, Charlie Ballard|
|FOL||Tim English, Toby McLean, Jack Macrae||FOL||Jarrod Witts, Touk Miller, David Swallow|
|I/C||Patrick Lipinski, Bailey Dale, Caleb Daniel, Lin Jong||I/C||Michael Rischitelli, Brayden Crossley, Nick Holman, Brad Scheer|
History: Played 9: Western Bulldogs 7 V Gold Coast 2.
Last Meeting: Round 18, 2017: Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110) d Gold Coast 8.8 (56) at Cazaly’s Stadium .
Final Thoughts: The 2-4 Western Bulldogs carved out a much-needed 21-point win over Carlton last week. The Suns are now 3-3 after losing three of their last four games, crashing to the Crows by 48 points in Round 6.
The Bulldogs have won their last four against the Suns by margins of 22 points or more.
The Bulldogs went down to Port Adelaide in their Ballarat debut last year and will be hoping to make it a home away from home this weekend. The Suns are a dismal 3-11 interstate since the start of 2017.
The unders has proved an astute play in Bulldogs games for a couple of seasons now and that shapes as the best option in a clash between two teams who don’t inspire much confidence.
Saturday 5th May, 14:10 (AEST)
|Conor McKenna, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad||B||Jarman Impey, Ben Stratton, James Frawley|
|HB||Patrick Ambrose, Cale Hooker, Mark Baguley||HB||Taylor Duryea, James Sicily, Blake Hardwick|
|C||Andrew McGrath, Brendon Goddard, Kobe Mutch||C||Isaac Smith, Daniel Howe, Ricky Henderson|
|HF||Jayden Laverde, James Stewart, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti||HF||Tom Mitchell, Tim O’Brien, Jack Gunston|
|F||Devon Smith, Joe Daniher, David Zaharakis||F||Will Langford, Jarryd Roughead, Harry Morrison|
|FOL||Tom Bellchambers, Darcy Parish, Dyson Heppell||FOL||Ben McEvoy, Luke Breust, Shaun Burgoyne|
|I/C||Jake Stringer, Zach Merrett, David Myers, Ben McNiece||I/C||Liam Shiels, James Worpel, Jaeger O’Meara, Ryan Burton|
History: Played 160: Essendon 97 V Hawthorn 63.
Last Meeting: Round 1, 2017: Essendon 17.14 (116) d Hawthorn 12.19 (91) at MCG .
Final Thoughts: The Essendon Bombers are 2-4 and in desperate need of a win to keep their season on track, suffering convincing losses to Collingwood and Melbourne in the past fortnight.
Hawthorn are humming along with a 4-2 record, recovering from a loss to North Melbourne with a 35-point win over St Kilda in Round 6.
The Bombers have won just two of their last nine against the Hawks – losing five of those games by 38-plus – but they scored a 25-point victory in Round 1 last year. The Hawks are just 7-10 in their last 17 at the MCG, while the Bombers are 5-3 at the venue since the start of 2017.
Given both teams’ recent form the Hawks appear very short and they should account for the Bombers comfortably.
Saturday 5th May, 16:35 (AEST)
|West Coast||Port Adelaide|
|Shannon Hurn, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard||B||Riley Bonner, Tom Jonas, Dan Houston|
|HB||Thomas Cole, Jeremy McGovern, Liam Duggan||HB||Darcy Byrne-Jones, Jack Hombsch, Jasper Pittard|
|C||Andrew Gaff, Elliot Yeo, Chris Masten||C||Karl Amon, Ollie Wines, Jared Polec|
|HF||Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, William Rioli||HF||Travis Boak, Jack Watts, Sam Gray|
|F||Mark LeCras, Josh J. Kennedy, Scott Lycett||F||Justin Westhoff, Charlie Dixon, Steven Motlop|
|FOL||Nic Naitanui, Jack Redden, Luke Shuey||FOL||Paddy Ryder, Brad Ebert, Robbie Gray|
|I/C||Jack Petruccelle, Jackson Nelson, Mark Hutchings, Jake Waterman||I/C||Jake Neade, Aidyn Johnson, Dougal Howard, Dom Barry|
History: Played 31: Port Adelaide 18 V West Coast 13.
Last Meeting: Elimination Final, 2017: West Coast 12.6 (78) d Port Adelaide 10.16 (76) in extra-time at Adelaide Oval.
Final Thoughts: Port Adelaide are West Coast’s bogey team: their 18-13 record overall is the best by any club against the Eagles, while they are the only team with a winning away record against the Eagles (8-6).
But the Power have a score to settle after suffering a heart-breaking extra-time finals loss to the Eagles at home last season. It was the Eagles’ fourth win in five games against the Power, but remarkably each of the last six games between the clubs have been won by the away team.
The 5-1 Eagles are on a five-game winning run, notching tight wins over Carlton and Fremantle in the past two weeks to grab a share of the AFL competition lead. Early front-runners Port are 4-2, arresting a two-game slide with a handy 33-point win at home over in-form North Melbourne in Round 6.
Another cliff-hanger beckons between these clubs, but the Eagles’ strong Perth form shapes as the decisive factor.
Saturday 5th May, 19:25 (AEST)
|Jake Lloyd, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith||B||Sam Wright, Robbie Tarrant, Marley Williams|
|HB||Callum Mills, Dane Rampe, Harry Marsh||HB||Jamie Macmillan, Scott D. Thompson, Ed Vickers-Willis|
|C||Harry Cunningham, Josh P. Kennedy, Zak Jones||C||Billy Hartung, Jack Ziebell, Ryan Clarke|
|HF||Jarrad McVeigh, Dean Towers, George Hewett||HF||Shaun Higgins, Mason Wood, Kayne Turner|
|F||Tom Papley, Gary Rohan, Kieren Jack||F||Jed Anderson, Ben Brown, Jy Simpkin|
|FOL||Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, Isaac Heeney||FOL||Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Ben Jacobs|
|I/C||Oliver Florent, Robbie Fox, Will Hayward, Ben Ronke||I/C||Luke McDonald, Trent Dumont, Shaun Atley, Cameron Zurhaar|
History: Played 160: Sydney 86 V North Melbourne 73 (1 Draw).
Last Meeting: Round 8, 2017: Sydney 18.12 (120) d North Melbourne 11.12 (78) at Etihad Stadium.
Final Thoughts: The 4-2 Sydney Swans have made a solid start to 2018, though fans have had their nerves tested after each of their last four games were decided by 17 points or less, winning three. They upset Geelong away last week to put their Round 5 loss against Adelaide behind them.
North Melbourne have been an early-season surprise packet by winning three of their opening five games, though last week’s 33-point loss away to Port Adelaide was a step back.
The Swans have won 12 of their last 14 against the Kangaroos, though North have managed two victories in their last four visits to Sydney to take on the Swans.
The Kangaroos have won just one of their last nine interstate away games, but we’re confident of a strong bounce-back performance and the visitors look a decent option against a big line.
Saturday 5th May, 19:40 (AEST)
|Luke Brown, Tom Doedee, Andy Otten||B||Lachie Plowman, Liam Jones, Kade Simpson|
|HB||Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Wayne Milera||HB||Aaron Mullett, Sam Rowe, Cameron O’Shea|
|C||Paul Seedsman, Matt Crouch, David Mackay||C||Lochie O’Brien, Patrick Cripps, Zac Fisher|
|HF||Jordan Gallucci, Mitch McGovern, Tom Lynch||HF||Dale Thomas, Harry McKay, Matthew Wright|
|F||Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Richard Douglas||F||Andrew Phillips, Levi Casboult, Jarrod Garlett|
|FOL||Sam Jacobs, Bryce Gibbs, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen||FOL||Matthew Kreuzer, Ed Curnow, Matthew Kennedy|
|I/C||Jake Kelly, Hugh Greenwood, Rory Atkins, Darcy Fogarty||I/C||Paddy Dow, Nick Graham, Sam Kerridge, Sam Petrevski-Seton|
History: Played 36: Adelaide 18 V Carlton 18.
Last Meeting: Round 15, 2017: Adelaide 13.11 (89) d Carlton 12.5 (77) at MCG.
Final Thoughts: After an up-and-down start, the 4-2 Crows look to have slipped into the groove, beating the heavyweight Swans away then whipping the visiting Suns by 48 points in Round 6.
The Blues, meanwhile, are yet to get off the mark in 2018. Following a spirited 10-point loss to the Eagles in Round 5, they went down to the Bulldogs by 21 points last week.
The Crows boast a 7-4 home record against the Blues, with this clash the clubs’ first in Adelaide since 2010. The Crows have won three straight and 11 of the last 15 against the Blues. Adelaide are 13-4 at home since the start of last season while Carlton have won just one of their last 10 interstate.
The line has been set at a whopping 53.5 points, and while the Crows should win easily we’re willing to take the plucky Blues with the start.
Sunday 6th May, 13:10 (AEST)
|Alex Rance, David Astbury, Dylan Grimes||B||Nathan Wilson, Joel Hamling, Alex Pearce|
|HB||Bachar Houli, Nathan Broad, Nick Vlastuin||HB||Luke Ryan, Taylin Duman, Ed Langdon|
|C||Shaun Grigg, Trent Cotchin, Kamdyn McIntosh||C||Lachie Neale, David Mundy, Stephen Hill|
|HF||Jason Castagna, Josh Caddy, Dion Prestia||HF||Connor Blakely, Hayden Ballantyne, Andrew Brayshaw|
|F||Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Dan Butler||F||Darcy Tucker, Cam McCarthy, Adam Cerra|
|FOL||Toby Nankervis, Kane Lambert, Dustin Martin||FOL||Aaron Sandilands, Nat Fyfe, Mitchell Crowden|
|I/C||Jack Graham, Jayden Short, Jack Higgins, Reece Conca, Brandon Ellis, Sam Lloyd, Jacob Townsend, Ivan Soldo (Three to be omitted)||I/C||Michael Johnson, Brennan Cox, Brandon Matera, Bailey Banfield, Shane Kersten, Tommy Sheridan, Ethan Hughes, Ryan Nyhuis (Three to be omitted)|
History: Played 35: Richmond 19 V Fremantle 16.
Last Meeting: Round 22, 2017: Richmond 25.5 (155) d Fremantle 7.9 (51) at Subiaco Oval.
Final Thoughts: Richmond’s AFL title defence is in good early shape, going 5-1 so far – with all five of their wins coming at the MCG. They have notched three straight wins over the Lions, Demons and Magpies by 40-plus margins.
Fremantle are 3-3 after following up a 54-point rout of the Bulldogs with an eight-point derby loss to the Eagles in Round 6.
The Tigers are 10-6 at home against the Dockers and are currently on a 12-match winning streak at the MCG. The Dockers have won just one of their last nine interstate.
It would be a major shock to see the Tigers’ charmed run at the ’G come to an end in this one, but with a big line set it’s tricky to find value here. The Tigers’ last 12 games at the ground has gone 9-3 to the under and that looks a good bet again.
Sunday 6th May, 15:20 (AEST)
|Jarryn Geary, Nathan J. Brown, Shane Savage||B||Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta|
|HB||Sam Gilbert, Jake Carlisle, Jimmy Webster||HB||Angus Brayshaw, Jake Lever, Jayden Hunt|
|C||Jack Newnes, Jack Steele, Maverick Weller||C||Jordan Lewis, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson|
|HF||Luke Dunstan, Paddy McCartin, Jack Billings||HF||Mitch Hannan, Jesse Hogan, Jake Melksham|
|F||Jade Gresham, Tim Membrey, Ben Long||F||Sam Weideman, Tom McDonald, Christian Petracca|
|FOL||Tom Hickey, Sebastian Ross, Jack Steven||FOL||Max Gawn, Bernie Vince, Clayton Oliver|
|I/C||Hunter Clark, David Armitage, Josh Battle, Brandon White, Nick Coffield, Jack Sinclair, Rowan Marshall, Ben Paton (Three to be omitted)||I/C||James Harmes, Charlie Spargo, Cameron Pedersen, Alex Neal-Bullen, Bayley Fritsch, Jeff Garlett, Timothy Smith, Josh Wagner (Three to be omitted)|
History: Played 212: Melbourne 120 V St Kilda 91 (1 Draw).
Last Meeting: Round 21, 2017: Melbourne 18.12 (120) d St Kilda 10.12 (72) at MCG .
Final Thoughts: St Kilda’s season is already in danger of slipping away, currently sitting on 1-1-5 record. Their encouraging draw against GWS in Round 5 was followed by a 35-point loss to Hawthorn.
Melbourne are 3-3, responding to back-to-back heavy losses to Richmond and Hawthorn with an important 36-point victory over Essendon in Round 6 – the type of win the Dees can use as a platform for their campaign.
After winning 14 straight against the Demons from 2007-16, the Saints lost both encounters between the sides last season.
The Saints may be nearing do-or-die territory, but it’s the highly-rated Demons that are under all the pressure – these are the games they have to ice if they’re to end their long finals drought. They should do it, but expect it to be close.
Sunday 6th May, 16:40 (AEST)
|Luke Hodge, Harris Andrews, Darcy Gardiner||B||Sam Murray, Lynden Dunn, Jack Crisp|
|HB||Daniel Rich, Tom Cutler, Alex Witherden||HB||Travis Varcoe, Matthew Scharenberg, Jeremy Howe|
|C||Lewis Taylor, Mitch Robinson, Dayne Zorko||C||Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips|
|HF||Cameron Rayner, Eric Hipwood, Hugh McCluggage||HF||Jordan de Goey, Darcy Moore, Will Hoskin-Elliott|
|F||Allen Christensen, Daniel McStay, Charlie Cameron||F||Ben Crocker, Mason Cox, Jaidyn Stephenson|
|FOL||Stefan Martin, Jarrod Berry, Dayne Beams||FOL||Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Adam Treloar|
|I/C||Ben Keays, Rohan Bewick, Claye Beams, Jacob Allison, Zac Bailey, Ryan Lester, Matt Eagles, Oscar McInerney (Three to be omitted)||I/C||Alex Fasolo, Jarryd Blair, Chris Mayne, Callum Brown, Sam McLarty, Josh Thomas, Flynn Appleby, Brayden Sier (Three to be omitted)|
History: Played 29: Brisbane 19 V Collingwood 12.
Last Meeting: Round 10, 2017: Collingwood 18.21 (129) d Brisbane 13.6 (84) at MCG.
Final Thoughts: Brisbane are propping up the AFL ladder once again in 2018, losing all six of their games to date. After a thrilling loss in the Q-Clash against the Suns – their second five-point loss in the space of three games – the Lions lost to the Giants by 34 points.
Collingwood are in the mix with a 3-3 record, but they will be disappointed with a 43-point loss to Richmond at the MCG last week that came on the back of a blistering three-game winning run against Carlton, Adelaide and Essendon.
The Lions have a 9-6 home record against the Magpies, but the Pies have won their last four at the Gabba and six of their last seven against Brisbane overall.
The Magpies are an impressive 4-2 interstate since the start of 2017, while the Lions are just 3-10 at the Gabba during the same period.
Knowing they have a genuine opportunity to make something of their season, count on Collingwood to rebound from last week’s reality check with a convincing win over the hapless Lions.