AFL Team Stats & News – Week 3

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Round 2 of the AFL season dished up a few upsets and the jury remains out on several clubs heading into another big weekend of action.

Catch up on all the important news and stats in our helpful guide.

Adelaide Crows

This week opponents are Gold Coast v Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, Sunday, 1.05pm AEST

  • The Crows have lost both of their matches in 2020 and have the worst defence in the league
  • Adelaide has an incredible record against Gold Coast, though, winning all 13 meetings between the two sides
  • The Crows have kicked 109 points or more in all 13 of those wins, with key forward Taylor
  • Walker averaging 3.5 goals per game against the Suns

Brisbane Lions

This week opponents are Brisbane v West Coast, Gabba, Saturday, 7.40pm AEST

  • The Lions snapped an eight-match losing streak against West Coast with a 44-point win in Round 1 last year
  • Brisbane forward Charlie Cameron has kicked at least two goals in 15 of his last 18 matches
  • Both sides sit at 1-1 after two rounds

Carlton Blues

This week opponents are Geelong v Carlton, GMHBA Stadium, Saturday, 7.40pm AEST

  • The Blues are paying the price for slow starts, kicking just five first-half goals in their first two matches, compared to 14 in the second half
  • Carlton has lost 10 of its last 11 against Geelong
  • The sides have played just twice at GMHBA Stadium since 2004, Geelong winning both

Collingwood Magpies

This week opponents are Collingwood v St Kilda, MCG, Saturday, 4.35pm AEST

  • The Magpies have the best defence in the league, having conceded just five goals in both Round 1 and Round 2
  • Collingwood has cracked the 100-point barrier in its last five wins against the Saints
  • Nathan Buckley’s side did not kick a goal in the second half against Richmond but escaped with a draw

Essendon Bombers

This week opponents are Essendon v Melbourne, MCG, Sunday, 3.35pm AEST

  • Just one of the last 10 meetings between the Bombers and the Demons has been won by more than 38 points
  • Jake Stringer has kicked seven goals in two games against Melbourne as a Bomber
  • Essendon’s last nine wins have been in the 1-39 bracket

Fremantle Dockers

This week opponents are Fremantle v Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, Sunday, 6.05pm AEST

  • Fremantle’s ‘home’ match will be played in Queensland, bad news for the Dockers who had not lost to Port in WA since 2014
  • Fremantle has won outside of WA just twice since June 2018
  • Matt Taberner has kicked at least one goal in 11 of his last 12 matches for the Dockers

Geelong Cats

This week opponents are Geelong v Carlton, GMHBA Stadium, Saturday, 7.40pm AEST

  • Three of Geelong’s last four wins against Carlton have been by 65 points or more
  • Jack Steven (match fitness), Jake Kolodjashnij (hip) and Josh Jenkins (back) all missed the Round 2 win over the Hawks
  • Geelong has won eight in a row at its GMHBA Stadium base, with five of those victories being by 44 points or more

Gold Coast Suns

This week opponents are Gold Coast v Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, Sunday, 1.05pm AEST

  • The Suns snapped a 19-match losing run with a tremendous 44-point win over West Coast in Round 2
  • Young guns Matt Rowell (26 disposals, two goals) and Noah Anderson (19 disposals, one goal) caught the eye against the Eagles
  • David Swallow is available to return from suspension

Greater Western Sydney Giants

This week opponents are Western Bulldogs v Greater Western Sydney, Marvel Stadium, Friday, 7.50pm AEST

  • The Giants will be smarting after a shock 20-point loss at home to North Melbourne
  • Greater Western Sydney has won four of the last five meetings between the two sides since losing a 2016 preliminary final to the Bulldogs
  • GWS belted the Bulldogs by 58 points in an elimination final last year

Hawthorn Hawks

This week opponents are Richmond v Hawthorn, MCG, Thursday, 7.40pm AEST

  • The Hawks kicked just one goal after half time in a disappointing showing against Geelong in Round 2
  • Just one Hawk (Tom Mitchell) had more than 17 disposals against the Cats
  • Jaeger O’Meara could return from a facial fracture

Melbourne Demons

This week opponents are Essendon v Melbourne, MCG, Sunday, 3.35pm AEST

  • The Dees have won just twice since June last year
  • Both of those wins were by less than a goal against Carlton
  • Melbourne kicked just one goal after half time in that Round 2 win against the Blues

North Melbourne Kangaroos

This week opponents are North Melbourne v Sydney, Marvel Stadium, Saturday, 1.45pm AEST

  • The Kangaroos are one of three undefeated sides in the competition
  • North has not beaten Sydney in Melbourne since May 2007
  • Since Rhyce Shaw took control, North has won nine of 14 matches

Port Adelaide Power

This week opponents are Fremantle v Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, Sunday, 6.05pm AEST

  • The Power sit on top of the ladder after two rounds
  • Both wins for Ken Hinkley’s men were over 39 points
  • Port’s last four wins against Freo have been by 43 points or more

Richmond Tigers

This week opponents are Richmond v Hawthorn, MCG, Thursday, 7.40pm AEST

  • The Tigers have won their last four against the Hawks, all in the 1-39 bracket
  • Dustin Martin averages 30 disposals in his last seven against Hawthorn
  • Josh Caddy could return from a calf problem and has kicked 14 goals in his last five games against the Hawks

St Kilda Saints

This week opponents are Collingwood v St Kilda, MCG, Saturday, 4.35pm AEST

  • The Saints have lost nine of their last 11 against the Magpies
  • That run includes the 2010 Grand Final replay between the two sides
  • New recruits Zak Jones (29 disposals, 1 goal) and Brad Hill (19 disposals) impressed as the Saints beat the Bulldogs in Round 2

Sydney Swans

This week opponents are North Melbourne v Sydney, Marvel Stadium, Saturday, 1.45pm AEST

  • Sydney has won five of its last six against North Melbourne
  • The Swans also have won their last five matches against the Kangaroos in Melbourne
  • John Longmire’s men are still missing forwards Lance Franklin (hamstring) and Sam Reid (calf)

West Coast Eagles

This week opponents are Brisbane v West Coast, Gabba, Saturday, 7.40pm AEST

  • The Eagles were abysmal in Round 2, losing to Gold Coast by 44 points
  • West Coast has lost four of its last six matches
  • Five of the past six matches between the two sides have been won by 44 points or more

Western Bulldogs

This week opponents are Western Bulldogs v Greater Western Sydney, Marvel Stadium, Friday, 7.50pm AEST

  • The Bulldogs have lost their first two matches
  • Luke Beveridge’s side has the worst attack in the league
  • Marcus Bontempelli had just 13 disposals in a one-sided loss to GWS in an elimination final last year, his lowest possession count in a game since 2017