AFL round 16 tips and predictions

Jamie Samuel AFL

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We have a thrilling round of football ahead, beginning tonight with the Brisbane Lions hosting the Western Bulldogs.

Carlton have the opportunity to continue their press for a top eight or even top four finish when they host St Kilda on Friday night Football.

We have a big Saturday of football, beginning with Essendon hosting the Sydney at the MCG, with the Swans a chance to keep up their top 8 credentials. Melbourne an opportunity to maintain top spot when they travel to face Adelaide. Geelong an opportunity to keep their top two spot when they host North Melbourne. While the most interesting clash comes on Saturday night with the Gold Coast Suns playing host to Collingwood in Saturday night football.

On Sunday, Richmond have the opportunity to bounce back when they host West Coast. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) take on the Hawks and the round wraps up with Fremantle hosting Port Adelaide.

File:BrisbaneLionsDesign.png Brisbane Lions

File:Western Bulldogs AFLW icon.png Western Bulldogs

Thursday (30 June) 7:20pm AEST

The Gabba in Brisbane

Brisbane will host the Western Bulldogs tonight at the Gabba.

The Lions sitting in third with a 10-4 record. The Dogs in eighth with an 8-6 record.

The Lions looking to exact revenge for their one-point Semi Final defeat. The Bulldogs have won three of the last five clashes with the Brisbane Lions.

Brisbane are looking to bounce back from their 64-point defeat to Melbourne last week. The Dogs looking for their third consecutive victory, following their 42-point win over the Hawks last Friday.

The Lions started hot last week, with three goals in the first quarter. But only managed four more goals after quarter time. While the Dogs went on a scoring spree after only managing one goal in the first quarter, ending up with 19 goals in their victory. If the Dogs are to win, they will look to outscore the Lions and give their defence a hard time.

Key players:

Brisbane Lions:

  • Joe Daniher
  • Eric Hipwood
  • Lachie Neale

Western Bulldogs:

  • Adam Treloar
  • Jack Macrae
  • Aaron Naughton

Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs prediction:

It is fair to say the Lions will be hungry to bounce back from their defeat to Melbourne, they will be strong at their fortress in front of their fans. Brisbane by 25-points.

Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs betting preview:

Brisbane Lions start favourites at $1.34 to Western Bulldogs $3.18.

File:CarltonFC 2019.pngCarlton

File:St Kilda alternate icon 2.jpg  St Kilda

Friday (1 June) 7:50pm AEST

Marvel Stadium in Melbourne

Carlton will host the Saints in Friday night football at Marvel. Carlton making a push for the top four, sitting in fifth with a 10-4 record. St Kilda sitting in 10th with an 8-6 record.

St Kilda have won three of the last five clashes with the Blues. Carlton looking to continue their impressive form, which saw them defeat Fremantle last week by 31-points. St Kilda coming off two consecutive defeats, last week Sydney blew them off the park by 51-points and they only scored 32-points.

Carlton could really outscore the Saints in this clash, despite their amount of defenders injured, it is the likes of Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay down forward giving them the opportunity to kick big scores. It was also a domination from midfielder Sam Walsh who racked up 40 disposals last week. You would expect him to have a night out tomorrow.

Key players:


  • Charlie Curnow
  • Harry McKay
  • Sam Walsh

St Kilda:

  • Max King
  • Jack Steele
  • Brad Crouch

Carlton vs St Kilda prediction:

Carlton are the team in form right now. They have momentum behind them. Curnow and McKay will kick a bag between them, Walsh and Patrick Cripps will dominate through the midfield and outpace the Saints. Carlton by 45-points.

Carlton vs St Kilda betting preview:

Carlton start favourites at $1.54 to St Kilda $2.43.

File:EssendonDesign.svg  Essendon

File:SydneySwansDesign.png  Sydney Swans

Saturday (June 2) 1:45pm AEST

The MCG in Melbourne

Essendon will host Sydney at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. Sydney a game clear in the eight sitting in sixth with a 9-5 record. Essendon struggling in 16th with a 3-11 record.

Sydney have won three of the last five clashes with Essendon, including the last three consecutively. Sydney come into this clash full of confidence following their 51-point smashing of St Kilda last week. With Essendon struggling to compete, they will be hoping they can kick an even bigger score this week. Essendon had a surprising defeat to West Coast last week and it quite obviously reflects where they’re at right now.

The season end can’t come quickly enough for Essendon, Sydney will look to tear their defence apart and kick a high score.

Key players:


  • Peter Wright
  • Dylan Shiel
  • Zach Merrett


  • Lance Franklin
  • Jake Lloyd
  • Luke Parker

Essendon vs Sydney prediction:

Sydney will be far too strong for a struggling Essendon. They will run away by 60-points or beyond.

Essendon vs Sydney betting preview:

Sydney start strong favourites at $1.34 to Essendon $3.18.

File:Adelaide AFLW icon.png  Adelaide Crows

File:Melbourne AFLW icon.png  Melbourne

Saturday (Jul 2) 4:35pm AEST

Adelaide Oval in Adelaide

Adelaide will host Melbourne on Saturday afternoon at the Adelaide Oval. Adelaide in 13th with a 5-9 record. Melbourne are on top of the table with an 11-3 record.

Melbourne returned to the top of the table following a 64-point win over the Brisbane Lions last Thursday night. Adelaide returned to the winners list with a 57-point win over North Melbourne last Sunday.

Melbourne have plenty of scoring power, you would expect them to be very attacking against the Crows, and reach a similar score to their game against Brisbane last week of 117.

Key Players:


  • Taylor Walker
  • Rory Laird
  • Ben Keays


  • Luke Jackson
  • Clayton Oliver
  • Jack Viney

Adelaide vs Melbourne prediction:

Melbourne will win comfortably by 45-points. They have proven yet again they are the team to beat.

Adelaide vs Melbourne betting preview:

Melbourne start hot favourites at $1.15 to Adelaide $5.50.

File:Geelong icon.svg  Geelong

File:Northmelbournesymbol.png   North Melbourne

Saturday (Jul 2) 7:25pm AEST

GMHBA Stadium in Geelong

Geelong will host North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday night. Geelong jumped into second position with a 10-4 record. North are dead last with the worst current record in the league of 1-13.

Geelong have won the last nine clashes with North, dating back to 2015. One would be very suprised if that trend didn’t continue tomorrow night. Geelong jumped to second following their three-point thrilling win over Richmond last Saturday. North’s last win came back in round 2, they enter this clash following a 57-point defeat to Adelaide last Sunday.

North’s defence has struggled to cope all season, it is expected Geelong will run all over North’s defence tomorrow night and kick another big score.

Key players:


  • Tom Hawkins
  • Patrick Dangerfield
  • Jeremy Cameron

North Melbourne:

  • Aaron Hall
  • Jy Simpkin
  • Jaidyn Stephenson

Geelong vs North Melbourne prediction:

Geelong will be far too strong for a struggling North, a home crowd and stadium advantage. Geelong will win by 70-points plus.

Geelong vs North Melbourne betting preview:

Geelong outright favourites at $1.01 to North $19.00

File:Gold Coast Suns 2018.png  Gold Coast Suns

File:Collingwood icon.svg   Collingwood

Saturday (Jul 2) 7:25PM

Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast

Gold Coast will host Collingwood in an what looks an exciting Saturday night contest at Metricon. Gold Coast sitting in 11th with a 7-7 record. Collingwood in seventh with a 9-5 record.

Collingwood have won four out of the last five clashes with Gold Coast. Collingwood enter this clash with five consecutive wins, including holding off the GWS Giants by 11-points last Sunday. Gold Coast lost to Port by two-points last Sunday, in a hot contested contest.

It will be a high scoring affair, it will come down to who can outscore who and who’s defence can hold up.

Key players:

Gold Coast:

  • Touk Miller
  • David Swallow
  • Mabior Chol


  • Jack Ginnivan
  • Jordan De Goey
  • Steele Sidebottom

Gold Coast vs Collingwood prediction:

It might be the hardest game of the round to predict, Collingwood in red hot form. Gold Coast impressive so far this year. With the home crowd behind them, Gold Coast will believe they can end Collingwood’s run. They can outscore them in a shootout. Gold Coast by 15-points.

Gold Coast vs Collingwood betting preview:

Gold Coast start favourites at $1.78 to Collingwood $2.08.

File:RichmondDesign.svg  Richmond

File:West Coast Eagles 2018 colours.png  West Coast

Sunday 1:10pm AEST

The MCG in Melbourne

Richmond will host West Coast at the MCG this Sunday. Richmond sitting in ninth with an 8-6 record. West Coast in 17th with a 2-12 record.

Richmond dropped out of the 8 last week, following a three-point loss to Geelong. West Coast won just their second game for the year, with a 10-point triumph over Essendon last Friday night.

Richmond will look to bounce back in front of their home fans. They will look to outscore the Eagles and show they are still a side to be reckoned with.

Key Players:


  • Dustin Martin
  • Jack Riewoldt
  • Tom Lynch

West Coast:

  • Josh Kennedy
  • Jamie Cripps
  • Jack Redden

Richmond vs West Coast prediction:

Richmond will be to strong for a struggling West Coast at the home of football. Richmond will run away by 70-points.

Richmond vs West Coast betting preview:

Richmond start favourites at $1.12 to West Coast $6.40.

File:AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS

File:Hawthorn.svg Hawthorn

Sunday 3:20pm AEST

Giants Stadium in Sydney

GWS will host Hawthorn on Sunday afternoon at Giants Stadium. The Giants in 14th with a 4-10 record. Hawthorn in 15th with the same record.

GWS played competitively, but lost to Collingwood by 11-points last Sunday. The Hawks started strongly, but got overrun by the Bulldogs on Friday night. The Hawks looking for their first win since round 10 when they upset the Brisbane Lions. GWS are on a two game loosing streak and will look to end it at home on Sunday.

Key players include:


  • Stephen Coniglio
  • Josh kelly
  • Harry Himmelberg


  • Mitch Lewis
  • Jack Scrimshaw
  • Tom Mitchell

GWS vs Hawthorn prediction:

GWS will be strong at home, they will get up by 30-points.

GWS vs Hawthorn betting preview:

GWS start favourites at $1.47 to Hawthorn $2.68

File:BalmainDockersDesign.png  Fremantle

File:Portadelaidesymbol.png Port Adelaide

Sunday 5:20pm AEST

Optus Stadium in Perth

Fremantle will host Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium on Sunday evening. Fremantle sitting fourth with a 10-4 record. Port have risen to 12th with a 7-7 record.

Port have won three of the last five clashes with Fremantle, including the last three consecutively. Fremantle are looking to bounce back from their defeat to Carlton by 31-points last week. Port are looking to continue winning form, coming off a thrilling two-point win over Gold Coast last week.

Fremantle were outscored by the Blues last week. So they will want be very attacking in front of their home fans and kick away to a big win.

Key players include:


  • Andrew Brayshaw
  • Rory Lobb
  • Will Brodie

Port Adelaide:

  • Ollie Wines
  • Karl Amon
  • Connor Rozee

Fremantle vs Port Adelaide prediction:

Fremantle will be strong at home and be determined to get back onto the winners list. They will get the job done by 30-points.

Fremantle vs Port Adelaide betting preview:

Fremantle start favourites at $1.40 to Port Adelaide $2.96.