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Aussie Rules: Demons look to move clear

Melbourne will be out to move clear at the top of the AFL ladder when they take on Adelaide on Saturday, while there are also three other games to look forward to on a bumper day of footy action.

Brisbane saw off the Bulldogs on Thursday night to move level on points with Melbourne, but the Demons get the chance to hit back when they take on the struggling Crows at the Adelaide Oval.

Geelong should also see off cellar dwellers North Melbourne to consolidate their place in the top four, while sixth-place Sydney take on Essendon, who have just three wins, in the early game.

In what could be the closest-fought battle of the day, Collingwood travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Suns as the battle for the top eight hot up.

Four games to look forward to so let’s get stuck into the team news.

What: Essendon v Sydney Swans
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: 13:45 (AEST), Saturday 2nd July, 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Essendon 2/1, Sydney 2/5

Sydney saw off the Bombers by 58 points at the SCG back in May and will be out to complete the double to cement their place in finals.

The Swans sit sixth and have won three of the last four games, with a defeat away at Port Adelaide the only blip. They have happy memories of the MCG though after beating Melbourne there recently.

Sydney have included Justin McInerney but Lewis Taylor and Ryan Clarke are out.

Essendon caused a big upset two weeks ago when beating St Kilda on their own patch but they were disappointing last week when losing to the West Coast Eagles in Perth.

Ben Rutten’s men have shown they are capable of an upset and will need to raise their game having won just three games all season.

Archie Perkins, Brayden Ham and Nick Bryan are all out with Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and Darcy Parish coming in.


What: Adelaide v Melbourne
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 16:35 (AEST), Saturday 2nd July, 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Adelaide 4/1, Melbourne 9/50

Melbourne put a tough few weeks behind them as they returned to winning ways with a convincing win over the Brisbane Lions last week.

They will need to back it up with a win over the Crows and if they can then the Demons will move four points clear at the top of the AFL ladder.

However they will have to do it without Luke Jackson, who was ruled out on the eve of the game with a knee injury. With captain Max Gawn also out of the side with an ankle injury, Jackson starred as No.1 ruckman in the win over the Lions.

Mitch Brown has been called into the team as a replacement.

Adelaide have won two out of the last three games, but they were both against teams below them, North Melbourne and West Coast Eagles.

They can take heart from the fact they stunned Melbourne to win the corresponding fixture by one point last season.

Adelaide forwards Ned McHenry (knee) and Shane McAdam (ankle) and half-back Will Hamill (concussion) have all been ruled out with with Riley Thilthorpe and Lachlan Murphy called into the side.


What: Geelong v North Melbourne
Where: GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
When: 19:25 (AEST), Saturday 2nd July, 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel,
Odds: Geelong 1/100, North Melbourne 20/1

Geelong have won five on the trot and have a great chance to make it six against a Kangaroos side that sit bottom of the ladder with one win all season.

The Cats have tough games against Melbourne and Carlton coming up so need to make sure of the four points that would take them level with second-placed Brisbane.

Geelong also welcome back star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield from a calf injury, but Joel Selwood is rested.

North Melbourne are in need of a spirited performance to give the members some hope and take the pressure off under-fire coach David Noble.

Atu Bosenavulagi,Charlie Lazzaro,Jack Mahony and Lachie Young have all been included.

What: Gold Coast Suns v Collingwood
Where: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
When: 19:25 (AEST), Saturday 2nd July, 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel, 7 mate
Odds: Gold Coast 3/4, Collingwood 11/10

Collingwood are one of the most in-form teams in the comp right now after winning five on the bounce to take them to eighth place on the ladder. Even all the furore over Jordan De Goey has not destabilised the ship after they beat GWS last week.

They are now just one win away from the top four but will face a tough test on the Gold Coast. De Goey is back available and is set to come back in. Jeremy Howe misses out through illness.

The Gold Coast have been going well and are chasing the top eight. A good run of form came to an end when they lost by just two points away at Port Adelaide last week.

They need to bounce back against the Pies who are eight points ahead of them. Alex Davies is injured but Connor Budarick and James Tsitas come back into the mix.

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