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Aussie Rules: Another super Saturday in the AFL

Seven of the top-eight sides are in action on Saturday with the clash between Carlton and Geelong the highlight of an exciting list of AFL fixtures.

Geelong, Melbourne and Fremantle remain locked together on 48 points at the top of the ladder, with Brisbane just one win below them as the race for the minor premiership hots up.

Geelong face a tough test when they take on fifth-placed Carlton, while Fremantle entertain the Sydney Swans in another of the top games this weekend.

Brisbane need to bounce back from the shock loss to Essendon when they travel to GWS, while Richmond face a potential banana skin when they face a North Melbourne side that almost beat Collingwood last weekend.

Talking of Collingwood, the Magpies will be out to make it eight wins on the bounce when they take on the Crows in Adelaide.

It is a jam-packed day of action with plenty on the line for the top-eight sides so let’s take a closer look at each game.

What: Adelaide Crows v Collingwood
Where: Adelaide Oval, South Australia
When: 13:45 (AEST) Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Adelaide 7/5, Collingwood 29/50

Collingwood are the form team in the comp having won seven games on the bounce to move them to sixth on the ladder and one win away from Geelong and co.

The Magpies are handed a huge boost as Darcy Moore avoided a serious knee injury and returns to the side after missing just the one game. However Taylor Adams misses out through injury, as does Isaac Quaynor due to health and safety protocol.

The Crows have won just one in the last four and suffered a bad defeat to Hawthorn last week. Matt Crouch has been dropped once again, with Lachlan Murphy, Mitchell Hinge and Shane McAdam all returning.

What: Greater Western Sydney v Brisbane Lions
Where: Manuka Oval, ACT
When: 13:45 (AEST) Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: GWS 27/20, Lions 3/5

Greater Western Sydney continue to struggle this season and have lost three of the last five games, including a very disappointing 55-point defeat against Port Adelaide last week.

The Giants are boosted by the return of Jacob Hopper who has not played a game since being injured in round one of the competition. Adam Kennedy, Lachie Whitfield and Phil Davies are out injured.

Brisbane suffered a big setback last week when losing on home soil to an Essendon side that is way down the ladder. In fairness the Lions were missing a host of big players through injury and illness and they will all return to face GWS.

They are Callum Ah Chee, Daniel McStay, Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Keidean Coleman and Noah Answerth.

What: North Melbourne v Richmond
Where: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
When: 16:35 (AEST) Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch:  Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: North 15/2, Richmond 7/100

North Melbourne have only won once all season but put in their best performance of the campaign by a mile when running Collingwood close last week.

The performance did not save coach David Noble, who was axed this week, but the Kangaroos can take heart from the way they performed. The same again could see them take the Tigers to the wire. Jason Horne-Francis returns.

Richmond had been going great guns until they suffered a devastating after-the-siren loss to the Gold Coast last week and it will be interesting to see if it has effected them.

Josh Gibcus, Nick Vlastuin, Noah Balta, Trent Cotchin and Tyler Sonsie all return for the Tigers as they look to bounce back.

What: Carlton v Geelong
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: 19:25 (AEST) Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch:  Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Carlton 27/20, Geelong 3/5

Carlton are right in the mix for the top-four but would be doing even better if they could find some consistency. The last five games look like W-L-W-L-W. They will be hoping the trend does not continue against the Cats.

Liam Stocker is added to the Blues squad in their only change.

Geelong have won seven games on the bounce, including an 18-point win over the reigning premiers last week so they are hitting form at just the right time.
There are no fresh concerns for coach Chris Scott, who adds Jake Kolodjashnij to his squad for the game.

What: Fremantle v Sydney
Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
When:  19:30 (AEST) Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch: 7mate, Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Fremantle 13/25, Sydney 31/20

Fremantle are among the top three sides on the ladder having won four out of the last five games and will be high on confidence after an impressive win over east against St Kilda last weekend.

Back in the west they will be out to keep the good times rolling. They welcome back Blake Acres and Heath Chapman for the Swans clash.

Sydney are struggling to string back-to-back wins together but have a chance to here after beating the Western Bulldogs last weekend. They sit seventh on the ladder and will be out to cement their place in the top eight. The Swans are boosted by the return of Tom Hickey.

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