Less than 48 hours after Round 8 concluded, Round 9 begins! Nine games are spread over five days, with a must-watch fixture between the Western Bulldogs and Richmond on Wednesday night getting things started. Read on for our comprehensive Round 9 preview! Check out our AFL tipping and analysis which includes free AFL betting tips including same game multi bets predictions.
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AFL Tipping – Wednesday July 29
Western Bulldogs v Richmond
Metricon Stadium | 7:10 PM (AEST)
Western Bulldogs – Luke Beveridge’s men will be confident ahead of this important clash, having won five of their past six matches. The Bulldogs have also won five of their past six against the Tigers, a terrific record when you consider how successful Richmond has been in recent years. All of the club’s wins had been comfortable until last week, when the Dogs edged Gold Coast by five points. Caleb Daniel was outstanding across half-back on a wet night, while Bailey Smith, Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae continue to impress. This will be tougher against the Tigers, but the Bulldogs are good enough to win.
Richmond Tigers – Tigers fans shouldn’t be too disheartened by a two-goal loss to the Giants in Round 8, given the club’s extensive injury list and the fact they did not even play that well. Richmond are showing enough at the minute to suggest they will still be very hard to beat at the business end of the season and the return of skipper Trent Cotchin should make a big difference. Midfield stars Dion Prestia and Shane Edwards are still absent, though, while No.1 ruck Toby Nankervis, defender David Astbury, half-back genius Bachar Houli and tough utility Josh Caddy remain sidelined. Those absentees swing this in favour of the Bulldogs – but only just.
AFL Tipping – Thursday July 30
Melbourne Demons v Port Adelaide Power
Gabba | 7:50pm (AEST)
Melbourne Demons – Like what the Demons have brought to the table in recent weeks, following wins over Gold Coast and Hawthorn with a four-point loss to Brisbane. Max Gawn and Christian Petracca have been brilliant all season, but Jack Viney and Steven May have stepped up. If only the Demons had a reliable tall forward. They continue to lack polish in the front half and would have beaten the Lions had they kicked straight in the latter stages. This looks a little beyond Simon Goodwin’s side for the same reasons. Melbourne has won just two of its last 11 against Port Adelaide, too.
Port Adelaide Power – The Power may sit on top of the ladder but questions are starting to be asked about Ken Hinkley’s side. They have dropped two of their last four and one of those wins came after the siren against the Blues. Are the Power really the best side in the competition? Probably not. But are they good enough to beat Melbourne here? Absolutely. Even if the Power are 18th at scores from clearances in the past month, a 29-point home loss to St Kilda in Round 8 should sting. For that reason alone, expect a fired-up Power here, and 10 goals should be enough to beat the Demons.
AFL Tipping – Friday July 31
Carlton Blues vs Hawthorn Hawks
Optus Stadium | 5:40pm (AEST)
Carlton Blues – Like the Blues in this clash but would be much more keen on them if Harry McKay (knee) and Mitch McGovern (hamstring) are both declared fit to play. Both are in some doubt, particularly McGovern, and add so much to Carlton’s dynamic forward line. The Blues are exciting to watch in 2020, moving the ball quickly and taking the game on – the opposite of Hawthorn in recent weeks. Carlton has a shocking record against the Hawks in recent years, winning just one of the last 17 meetings. Carlton has form for close games, too, with five of the club’s eight matches in 2020 being decided by seven points or less.
Hawthorn Hawks – The Hawks have dropped four in a row and look a confused side at the moment, with slow ball movement and the lack of a genuine forward target hurting them. Alastair Clarkson’s men will have been delighted to leave New South Wales, given their 0-4 record there, and the Hawks certainly have the cattle to win this. The club’s midfield is down on form, though, and the defence is leaking, ranked the second worst in the competition this year. Need to see something from Hawthorn before backing them again, even if Luke Breust will return and Jarman Impey could feature, too.
Essendon Bombers vs Brisbane Lions
Metricon Stadium | 8:10pm (AEST)
Essendon Bombers – The Bombers fell in against the winless Crows in Round 8 and do not look like a side with a 5-2 win-loss record. The return of Dylan Shiel from suspension should help here, but are the Bombers good enough to beat the Lions? Unlikely. The injury-enforced absence of Jake Stringer, Joe Daniher and Orazio Fantasia leaves a significant hole in Essendon’s forward line and Jayden Laverde (ankle) will join them on the sidelines. The Bombers applied great pressure against the Crows, but that will not be enough here.
Brisbane Lions – The absences of Daniel Rich (hamstring) and Dan McStay (suspension) will hurt a little here, but Brisbane has lost just once since the season resumed. The club’s four-point win over Melbourne in Round 8 was scrappy but the likes of Lachie Neale and Charlie Cameron did enough when it mattered. Suspect the Lions will be far too good here, with Cameron to get off the chain and kick a bag.
AFL Tipping – Saturday August 1
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Adelaide Crows
Metricon Stadium | 2:35pm (AEST)
North Melbourne Kangaroos – The Kangaroos have lost six in a row but could have thrown in the towel when trailing by 23 points at quarter time against Carlton in Round 8. Rhyce Shaw’s men showed plenty of fight, though, and with a bit more polish could have upset the Blues. The club’s injury list is huge, but reducing by the week, and there is the feeling that North are ‘due’. Four of those six losses have been by 14 points or less, too, and against a winless Adelaide side, the Kangas have the class to win this.
Adelaide Crows – The bottom-placed Crows had the Bombers there for the taking in the dying stages last week, but lacked the composure to claim the four points. It means coach Matthew Nicks is still searching for his first win, with Adelaide’s losing streak at 11 matches, of which eight have been this season. Brad Crouch and Tom Doedee (both hamstring) are doubtful for this clash, and you could not back them with any confidence. Like the work of Ben Keays, who is improving by the week, but the Crows should come up short here.
St Kilda Saints vs Sydney Swans
Gabba | 5:10pm (AEST)
St Kilda Saints – Loved St Kilda’s win at Port Adelaide, a result that will fill Saints fans with plenty of confidence. There are still trust issues regarding the Saints, after shocking fadeouts against North Melbourne and Fremantle this season, but they will fade if Brett Ratten’s side keep fronting up. Dan Butler is proving to be one of the recruits of the season, and Zak Jones, Bradley Hill, Dougal Howard and Paddy Ryder aren’t bad either. The Saints have not beaten Sydney since 2012 but should be too good here.
Sydney Swans – Tom Papley is the key man for the Swans in this, the in-form small forward dragging his side over the line with four goals against Hawthorn last week. Keep an eye on Dane Rampe’s fitness, though, the star defender battling a hand complaint. If he joins Isaac Heeney, Josh Kennedy and Lance Franklin on the sidelines through injury, it is hard to see the Swans producing the upset here, even if history is on their side. Sydney has won 10 in a row against St Kilda, by an average winning margin of 55 points.
West Coast Eagles vs Geelong Cats
Optus Stadium | 8:10pm (AEST)
West Coast Eagles – The Eagles have won four in a row and were super impressive in a 66-point demolition of Collingwood in Round 8. With Nic Naitanui giving first service to a midfield containing the likes of Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff, Tim Kelly and Elliot Yeo, the Eagles are a major threat in 2020. Anyone who saw the Eagles last week could not tip against them here, particularly on home soil. Key forward Josh Kennedy is in great form, too, kicking 11 goals in his last two matches, while Jeremy McGovern could return from a thumb complaint.
Geelong Cats – The Cats have happy memories of clashes against the Eagles, coming from behind at three quarter time to beat West Coast by 20 points in a semi-final last season. The Cats have a good recent record against West Coast, too, winning three of their last five, and are fresh off a solid win over Fremantle in the wet on Monday evening. The return of Mitch Duncan helped, but Geelong’s absentees include Luke Dahlhaus and Gary Ablett, while Tom Hawkins was handed a one-week suspension – that he may challenge – by the Match Review Panel. Joel Selwood is a chance of returning from a hamstring problem but Geelong would need to be at full strength to win this.
AFL Tipping – Sunday August 2
Gold Coast Suns vs Greater Western Sydney Giants
Metricon Stadium | 3:35pm (AEST)
Gold Coast Suns – Has the bubble burst for the Suns? They are still playing good footy but one win in four has seen the slide down the ladder begin for Stuart Dew’s men. The Suns pushed the Bulldogs last week, losing by five points, but it is hard to see them toppling the Giants in this clash. Gold Coast last beat Greater Western Sydney in 2014 and are really missing young midfield star Matt Rowell. Containing Toby Greene is crucial, but easier said than done. This looks too tough for the Suns.
Greater Western Sydney Giants – The Giants are a funny side and a bit of a nightmare for punters, producing inconsistent football on a regular basis. We at least know the Giants are good at home, Leon Cameron’s side defeating Geelong, Collingwood and Richmond – all expected to be in the top eight – on their home deck. The Giants have not won on their travels this season, but should reverse that trend this week. Greene has been massive in their wins this season, kicking 13 goals in those four matches. Five of GWS’ last six wins over the Suns have been by 72 points or more.
Fremantle Dockers vs Collingwood Magpies
Optus Stadium | 6:10pm (AEST)
Fremantle Dockers – The Dockers will be sweating on the fitness of two-time Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe, who could return from a hamstring injury in this clash. A fit Fyfe would help the Dockers immensely in another home fixture. Michael Walters is in doubt, though, with hamstring issues of his own. Fremantle beat Collingwood by four points in the only clash between the sides last year, but a repeat would be a surprise, even if the Dockers are at home.
Collingwood Magpies – The Magpies are a proud club and will be seething after ending up on the receiving end of a West Coast masterclass in Round 8. The 66-point defeat was Collingwood’s biggest in over four years, and Nathan Buckley’s side will be without Scott Pendlebury (quad) for up to four matches. He joins stars Jordan De Goey (finger) and Jeremy Howe (knee) on Collingwood’s injury list, meaning the likes of Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams will have to drive the Magpies in this. They are more than good enough to do so, though, and Collingwood should hit back strongly.