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Aussie Rules: Cats and Bulldogs set to scrap it out

There are five AFL games to look forward to on Saturday and it promises to be a fascinating day of action with five of the top-eight in action.

Ladder-leaders Geelong will be looking to keep their impressive winning streak going but it will not be easy against a Western Bulldogs side who have work to do to secure their place in the finals.

Collingwood’s winning run could also be tested against Port Adelaide at the MCG, while the Swans have a derby clash to look forward to when they take on GWS.

St Kilda are also right in the mix to earn a finals spot and nothing other than a win against Hawthorn will do.

To wrap up Saturday’s action, Carlton will travel to South Australia to take on the struggling Adelaide Crows.

Carlton are seventh on the ladder but have an eight-point gap on the Bulldogs in eighth spot. Even so they need the four points to keep alive their hopes of making the top four.

It is another jam-packed day of action so let’s take a closer look at each game.

What: Collingwood v Port Adelaide
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: 13:45 (AEST) Saturday 30th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Collingwood 7/10, Port Adelaide 59/50

Collingwood are bang in form at the moment and have won the last nine games on the bounce. They have not been convincing wins but they are still managing to get the job done and that is all that matters.

The Magpies sit fourth on the ladder but are level on points with the two sides just above them, Melbourne and Brisbane. Leaders Geelong are just four points away.

They need another win to keep the pressure on but it will not be easy against a Port Adelaide side that ran Geelong close last week and need to win to keep their faint finals hopes alive.

Collingwood are boosted by the return of gun midfielder Jordan De Goey but Brody Mihocek is out injured.

For the Power they welcome back Lachie Jones, Trent McKenzie and Xavier Duursma, while it is also a special game for Tom Jonas and Ollie Wines who both make their 200th AFL appearance.

What: Sydney Swans v Greater Western Sydney
Where: SCG, Sydney
When: 14:10 (AEST) Saturday 30th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Swans 23/100, GWS 16/5 

Sydney Swans are coming good at just the right time having won the last three games on the bounce to move to sixth on the ladder.

GWS are struggling after losing four of the last five games, and it is the Swans that have the upperhand in recent meetings as well.

John Longmire’s side have won two of the last three derby games, including a 20-point win back in March.

The Swans make no changes to the side that beat the Adelaide Crows last week, but the Giants welcome back a host of players. Harry Perryman, Jesse Hogan, Josh Kelly, Lachie Whitfield, Leek Aleer and Tom Green are all back in the fold.

What: St Kilda v Hawthorn
Where: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
When: 16:35 (AEST) Saturday 30th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: St Kilda 17/25, Hawthorn 6/5

St Kilda bounced back well following two defeats to get their top-eight hopes back on track with a win over the West Coast Eagles last week and need another one here.

They are level with the eighth-placed Western Bulldogs on 40 points and the clash against Hawthorn has to be viewed as a must-win.

The Hawks are on a roll after winning their last three games against North Melbourne, West Coast and Adelaide, but St Kilda will be a bigger test.

St Kilda have been hit by the news that Jade Gresham is out for the rest of the season, while Jack Billings is also out injured. However Dan Hannebery and Tom Campbell do return.

Hawthorn welcome back Changkuoth Jiath, Jacob Koschitzke and Sam Butler.

What: Geelong v Western Bulldogs
Where: GMHBA Stadium, Melbourne
When: 19:25 (AEST) Saturday 30th July 2022
How to watch: 7mate, Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Geelong 1/3, Western Bulldogs 47/20

Geelong have won nine games on the bounce to sit four points clear at the top of the ladder and are going to take some stopping.

They have also been handed a huge boost as star defender Tom Stewart returns to face the Bulldogs, however Zach Tuohy and Rhys Stanley are both missing.

The Bulldogs are going well and will be on a high after beating Melbourne by 10 points last weekend. Caleb Daniel and Zaine Cordy both return but Adam Treloar is out injured.

What: Adelaide v Carlton
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 19:30 (AEST) Saturday 30th July 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Adelaide 11/5, Carlton 9/25

Adelaide are on a shocking run having lost the last four games on the bounce and are now playing for pride, while Carlton need to find consistency.

The Blues tend to win one then lose one and after beating GWS last week need to go back-to-back for once to keep their top-four hopes alive.

Elliott Himmelberg and Josh Worrell come back in for the Crows, while Carlton also welcome back Marc Pittonet and Matthew Owies.

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