Aussie Rules: Sunday preview
There are three games to look forward to on Sunday with Collingwood, the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide all looking to boost their chances of playing finals at the end of the season.
All three teams are bunched together just below the top eight so Sunday’s games could go a long way to determining who goes on to make finals.
Collingwood and Gold Coast in particular are two teams on the up following some good recent form, while Port Adelaide have done well to get back into the mix following a horror start to the season.
Collingwood will fancy their chances at home to GWS, while the clash between Port and the Gold Coast looks to be the game of the day.
Proceedings get underway with North Melbourne aiming to pick up just their second win of the season when they entertain Adelaide.
What: North Melbourne v Adelaide
Where: Blundstone Arena, Tasmania
When: 13:10 (AEST), Sunday 26th June, 2022
Odds: North 3.00, Adelaide 1.42
North Melbourne slipped to the bottom of the AFL ladder on Friday night courtesy of West Coast Eagles beating Essendon and jumping above them.
It rubbed just a little bit more salt into the wounds and they will be keen to respond against the Crows, who are also having a tough 2022 AFL campaign.
The Kangaroos only win of the season so far came way back in round two when they beat West Coast, and Sunday’s clash could be their best chance of snapping the losing streak.
Games against Geelong, Collingwood and Richmond are to follow and not many would give David Noble’s side a chance against those three.
There is some good news as veteran midfielder Ben Cunnington is closing in on his return to playing but the clash against the Crows will come too soon.
North Melbourne do have a good record when playing in Tasmania, where they get good support and that could weigh in their favour.
Adelaide have troubles of their own and have only won four games this season, including one in the last seven.
The Crows have also been hit by the news that Riley Thilthorpe has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Elliott Himmelberg is among the options to replace him.
What: Collingwood v Great Western Sydney
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: 15:20 (AEST), Sunday 26th June, 2022
Odds: Collingwood 1.44, GWS 2.90
Collingwood are flying at the moment having won their last four games to move within touching distance of the top eight.
The Magpies have picked up wins over Fremantle, Carlton and Melbourne to make the run even more impressive.
There are concerns that all the off-field drama concerning Jordan De Goey during the bye could have an impact on Collingwood, but only time will tell.
De Goey will not be involved against the Giants as he has taken a period of personal leave. Trey Ruscoe and Isaac Chugg have been named on the extended bench as the Pies weigh up how to replace De Goey.
Collingwood have an attractive run of fixtures coming up and it is a great chance to push their way into finals if they have no further distractions.
It is probably a little too late for GWS to mount a finals push. They have picked up a couple of wins in recent weeks but both have been against struggling sides. West Coast and North Melbourne.
They did give the Western Bulldogs a run for their money last week before losing by 20 points so can take heart from that.
They have also been boosted by the return of midfielder Tim Taranto and key defender Phil Davis.
What: Port Adelaide v Gold Coast Suns
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 16:10 (AEST), Sunday 26th June, 2022
Odds: Port 1.50, Gold Coast 2.68
The clash of the day sees 12th-place Port Adelaide take on the 11th-place Gold Coast.
Gold Coast are four points ahead of the Power and could put a severe dent in their chances of making the eight while boosting their own chances at the same time.
Things have never looked better for the Suns, who have won five out of the last six, beating the likes of Fremantle and Sydney along the way. Winning in Adelaide will provide a different test though and they do not have the greatest record against Port in recent meetings.
They have also lost Connor Budarick, Joel Jeffrey and Wil Powell to injury.
Port really need to win to keep alive their finals hopes. They will be full of confidence after seeing off Sydney last week and being at the Adelaide Oval is obviously a huge advantage.
Tom Clurey has been ruled out but they are boosted by the return of former skipper Travis Boak.
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