Round 13 of the AFL season will start to shape the top eight in 2019. With 8th against 9th, and 10th against 11th, it’s all to play for. AFL Tips and Preview below.

Adelaide v Richmond @ Adelaide Oval

Thursday 13th June, 19:50 (AEST)

AdelaideRichmond
PosPlayerPosPlayer
B
Keath, Talia, BrownBGarthwaite, Vlastuin, Grimes
HBKelly, Hartigan, LairdHBBalta, Broad, Houli
CSmith, Greenwood, MileraCEllis, Prestia, McIntosh
HFSloane, Walker, GallucciHFRioli, Castagna, Butler
FBetts, Jenkins, MurphyFBaker, Lynch, Martin
FOLO’Brien, B. Crouch, M. CrouchFOLSoldo, Graham, Caddy
I/CSeedsman, Atkins, Douglas, Ellis-YolmenI/CStack, Higgins, Menadue, Naish


History:
Played 38: Adelaide 24 v Richmond 14.

Last Meeting: AFL Round 16, 2018: Richmond 15.13 (103) defeated Adelaide 8.8 (56).

Final Thoughts: It goes from bad to worse for the Tigers. After consecutive thrashings to North Melbourne and Geelong, there was news this week that skipper Trent Cotchin and gun Shane Edwards wouldn’t be making the trip to Adelaide. It leaves them even more exposed against a Crows side coming off the back off a brilliant home win over the Giants. A win for Don Pyke’s side would put them into the top four before the bye. The last time these sides met in Adelaide, Dustin Martin kicked five goals for the visitors. Is it going to take a similar bit of magic from the 2017 Brownlow Medal winner to get them home here?

Tip: Margin: Adelaide by 1-39 points @ $2.00

Essendon v Hawthorn @ Marvel Stadium

Friday 14th June, 19:50 (AEST)

EssendonHawthorn
PosPlayerPosPlayer
B
Ambrose, Hurley, McGrathBO’Brien, Frawley, Burgoyne
HBMcKenna, Hooker, SaadHBStratton, Sicily, Hardwick
CRedman, Merrett, LangfordCScully, Shiels, Henderson
HFZaharakis, Laverde, GuelfiHFBreust, Gunston, Puopolo
FParish, McKernan, McDonald-TipungwutiFMoore, McEvoy, Impey
FOLBellchambers, Shiel, HeppellFOLCeglar, Worpel, O’Meara
I/CFantasia, Stringer, D.Clarke, BegleyI/CGlass, Cousins, Smith, Brand


History:
Played 162: Essendon 97 v Hawthorn 65.

Last Meeting: AFL Round 20, 2018: Hawthorn 16.11 (107) defeated Essendon 16.7 (103).

Final Thoughts: It’s strange to say this at Round 13, but it’s almost do-or-die for both sides on Friday night. With games against West Coast (in Perth) and GWS to come for the Bombers, it’s vital they get four points against their arch-rivals at Marvel. Similarly, it’s a huge clash for the Hawks who also sit at 5-6. With the resurgent Swans, West Coast and Collingwood to come, things will get decidedly tough at 5-7. The Hawks are still yet to string two wins in a row together in 2019. But will they come out refreshed after the bye? They won both clashes against John Worsfold’s side last year, and will fancy themselves under the Friday night lights.

Tip: Head-to-head: Hawthorn @ $2.12

Gold Coast v St Kilda @ Riverway Stadium

Saturday 15th June, 13:45 (AEST)

Gold CoastSt Kilda
PosPlayerPosPlayer
B
Ballard, Day, HarbrowBMcKenzie, Brown, Savage
HBJoyce, Hombsch, WellerHBWilkie, Battle, White
CSexton, Brodie, LukosiusCBillings, Ross, Acres
HFHolman, Wright, Ah CheeHFHind, Bruce, Sinclair
FMartin, King, PowellFGresham, Membrey, Parker
FOLWitts, Swallow, MacPhersonFOLMarshall, Dunstan, Armitage
I/CEllis, Fiorini, Horlin-Smith, MilesI/CClark, Newnes, Kent, Marsh


History:
Played 12: Gold Coast 4 v St Kilda 8.

Last Meeting: AFL Round 1, 2019: St Kilda 13.7 (85) defeated Gold Coast 13.6 (84).

Final Thoughts: With one win between these two clubs in 14 games, it’s fair to say this isn’t a heavyweight AFL clash. But it should be an intriguing contest nonetheless. When the Suns and Saints met in round one, it was Alan Richardson’s side who came with four points by the skin of their teeth, prevailing by one point. After winning three of their first four, the Suns were into $7 to make the top eight with Palmerbet. Now, however, having lost eight on the trot, Stuart Dew’s side is way out to $251. The Saints have beaten the Suns on the last three occasions, and I’m guessing they’ll extend that to four in a close one.

Tip: Line: St Kilda -8.5 @ $1.90

Fremantle v Port Adelaide @ Optus Stadium

Saturday 15th June, 16:35 (AEST)

FremantlePort Adelaide
PosPlayerPosPlayer
B
Hamling, Wilson, RyanBBurton, Clurey, Houston
HBBlakely, Hughes, DumanHBHartlett, Jonas, Byrne-Jones
CB.Hill, Fyfe, LangdonCDuursma, R.Gray, Amon
HFBrayshaw, Cox, WaltersHFWesthoff, Howard, Motlop
FConca, Hogan, MateraFS.Gray, Ryder, Rozee
FOLDarcy, Tucker, MundyFOLLycett, Powell-Pepper, Boak
I/CLogue, Bewley, Switkowski, S.HillI/CBonner, Lienert, Farrell, Butters

 

History: Played 35: Fremantle 16 v Port Adelaide 19.

Last Meeting: AFL Round 17, 2018: Fremantle 8.11 (59) defeated Port Adelaide 7.8 (50).

Final Thoughts: Eighth plays ninth in this belter in the west, with either side guaranteed to go into the bye inside the top eight. The Dockers go in hot to trot, after nail-biting wins against the Pies and Lions. Port trounced the Saints in China before their bye, so both sides will be fresh. The last six games between these sides have been won by the home side – likely the reason the Dockers start as marginal favourites ($1.73) with Palmerbet. But the Power are 3-3 on the road this season, and have shown they’re not reliant on the home crowd at Adelaide Oval to see them over the line. Expect another close one, punters.

Tip: Line: Fremantle -4.5 @ $1.90

Carlton v Western Bulldogs @ Marvel Stadium

Saturday 15th June, 19:25 (AEST)

CarltonWestern Bulldogs
PosPlayerPosPlayer
B
Plowman, Marchbank, Petrevski-SetonBJohannisen, Trengove, Williams
HBSimpson, Weitering, ThomasHBDaniel, Cordy, Wood
CSetterfield, Cripps, WalshCHunter, Liberatore, Lipinski
HFCuningham, C.Curnow, E.CurnowHFSuckling, Gardner, Lloyd
FMcGovern, McKay, CasboultFBontempelli, Naughton, Dickson
FOLKreuzer, Murphy, FisherFOLEnglish, Dunkley, Macrae
I/CGibbons, O’Brien, Dow, NemanI/CSmith, Crozier, McLean, Dale


History:
Played 147: Carlton 88 v Western Bulldogs 55 (4 draws).

Last Meeting: AFL Round 5, 2019: Western Bulldogs 7.15 (57) lost to Carlton 15.11 (101).

Final Thoughts: Well, the new-coach-bounce has paid off for the Blues. Interim coach David Teague, in his first game in charge, led his young Blues to their best win of the year against the Lions last weekend, and all of a sudden look a chance in this clash. And to make things better for Carlton, these two clubs played just eight rounds ago, with the Blues notching a famous win on the Easter weekend. Patrick Cripps near-certain three-vote effort last week has torpedoed him into Brownlow favouritism, and will be key (yet again) on Saturday night. The Dogs haven’t won since round eight, and nothing short of a win will keep their (faint) finals hopes alive.

Tip: Total Points: Under 168.5 @ $1.90

North Melbourne v Greater Western Sydney @ Blundstone Arena

Sunday 16th June, 15:20 (AEST)

North MelbourneGWS
PosPlayerPosPlayer
B
Williams, Thompson, PittardBWilliams, Davis, Shaw
HBAtley, Tarrant, TurnerHBTomlinson, Taylor, Stein
CDumont, Anderson, PolecCDeledio, Taranto, Kennedy
HFZurhaar, Wood, SimpkinHFDe Boer, Cameron, Perryman
FLarkey, Brown, ThomasFFinlayson, Himmelberg, Coniglio
FOLGoldstein, Cunnington, ZiebellFOLMumford, Kelly, Hopper
I/CGarner, Davies-Uniacke, McDonald, Durdin, Ahern, Taylor, Hayden, CampbellI/CGreene, Buntine, Reid, Daniels, Lloyd, Langdon, Hately, Simpson

 

History: Played 8: North Melbourne 6 v GWS 2.

Last Meeting: AFL Round 9, 2018: North Melbourne 17.10 (112) defeated GWS 9.15 (69).

Final Thoughts: The Roos have a surprisingly strong record (6-2) against the Giants, but have lost two of their last three against the expansion club. The last time they faced off, Shaun Higgins was the lading possession-getter on the ground. But this time North will have to do it without him, the midfielder having gone in for shoulder surgery and set to miss 5-6 weeks. The Giants have another chance to show they can win on the road, this time in cold Hobart. Leon Cameron’s side lost badly in an upset to the Roos (43 points) last season, and are favourites to get revenge in the Apple Isle.

Tip: Line: GWS -12.5 @ $1.95