AFL Round 5 Preview

Well, let's try this. For all we know, Round 5 will have a different set of fixtures after this goes to print! Already, we have seen 3 games changed this week. Common sense suggests it is now too late to change any more games this week, yet with Queensland and South Australia giving Victoria the don't argue, who knows what is next!?

Carlton Vs St Kilda - Thursday Night - 7:50 pm

A belter to kick-off Round 5! Carlton enters this one following two great victories; whilst the Saints are coming off a 5-goal belting of Richmond. Sitting at 2-2, both the Blues and Saints have plenty at stake. As 2020 grows weirder, finding a way to keep the win column ticking over is crucial.

St Kilda by 23 points.

Collingwood Vs Essendon - Friday Night - 7:50 pm

The Collingwood season is starting to get a little roller coaster about it. Essendon meanwhile, were horrid against Carlton after a 2-0 start. Win here; your season looks quite healthy. Lose here; welcome to the mid-table crunch. Two teams, coming off humbling losses should make for a great Friday night.

Collingwood by 15 points.

West Coast Vs Sydney - Saturday Afternoon - 1:45 pm

Saturday kicks off with two teams desperate for a win. After their 2-0 start, the Swans have slipped to 2-2. Whilst the West Coast are down to their last two chances to take a win home to Perth.

West Coast looked totally outclassed by Port Adelaide last week despite an improved showing, whilst Sydney was smashed in all facets by the Bulldogs. An even more desperate, hard-working effort is needed from the Eagles here if they wish to prevent Sydney smashing them around the ball.

Sydney by 11 points.

Geelong Vs Gold Coast - Saturday Twilight - 4:35 pm

The Gold Coast enter this one at $3.50. Yes, the team second on the ladder, who have won three on the bounce, and look a million dollars are $3.50. Has everyone forgotten Geelong were down by 42 points in their last home game?

The Suns are shining!

The atmosphere in the Gold Coast camp is at an all-time high, the perfect time for a road trip. Only adding to this is the fact the Cats are coming off a win; they haven't won back to back games in over a year. This is a statement game for both teams.

Gold Coast by 22 points.

Western Bulldogs Vs North Melbourne - Saturday Night - 7:40 pm

Another game where the winner can move themselves a game away from the mid-table crunch that is forming. Transforming themselves into one of the form teams of the competition, the Bulldogs take on a brave North Melbourne outfit. Building nicely, the Dogs needs a win to boost their low percentage.

Slipping up over the past couple of weeks, North have faced large deficits in these two losses. They have fought back both times, but there is a sense of hanging on here.

Western Bulldogs by 39 points.

Brisbane Lions Vs Port Adelaide - Saturday Night - 7:40 pm - Game of the Round!

The first real blockbuster of the year. 4-0 Port Adelaide takes on 3-1 Brisbane. Port Adelaide will be looking to really qualify its start to the year here, a reward being a two-game lead atop the AFL. Brisbane - who 3 weeks ago had lost 5 competitive fixtures in a row - has rocketed up the ladder after there Round 1 defeat to Hawthorn. With any luck, we'll see the fast, combative and high-scoring game here.

The match-ups here are going to be fascinating. Charlie Dixon vs Harris Andrews being the highlight. Brisbane can struggle against forward lines with plenty of foot speed - the exclusion of Alex Witherden may negate this fear somewhat - it is here Port Adelaide can gain an advantage.

Port Adelaide by 8 points.

Adelaide Vs Fremantle - Sunday Afternoon - 1:05 pm

0-4 takes on 0-4. So, given what 2020 has served up so far, expect a low-scoring draw.

Draw (Fremantle is my actual tip - by a lot).

Melbourne Vs Richmond - Sunday Twilight - 3:35 pm

What is going on at Tigerland? 2020 is slipping away - so is Melbourne's - both must find a way to turn it around.

Wanting to tip Richmond, it is hard to do so with any confidence. Yet, you fancy a team that has won 2 of the 3 premierships to find a way to get it done here.

Melbourne's 2018 Preliminary Final appearance looks more like a flash in the pan each week. The emblem for you and me fades with every loss. A 1-3 start - with the game in hand likely to be a hindrance - is an unmitigated disaster.

Brain says Richmond, 2020 says Melbourne.

Melbourne by 27 points.

GWS vs Hawthorn - Sunday Evening - 6:10 pm

Ripsnorter. What a cracking way to finish the weekend! Sunday evening pits GWS against the Hawks. Scrapped by, that's the only way to describe last week's win over North. GWS were gallant in a classic victory of Collingwood. Though coming off a 9-day rest - the healthy GWS players should freshen up nicely for this one - the exclusions defenders of Zac Williams and Phil Davis (not officially ruled out) could be the turning point.

Hawthorn, for the most part, has been superb against the best teams this year. Uninspiring against North, a win is a win. They'll feel slighted to start as underdogs.

Hawthorn by 16 points.