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Aussie Rules: Demons need to respond against Blues

Geelong, Melbourne, Fremantle and Carlton are all in action on Saturday as the jostling for position in the top eight of the AFL continues ahead of finals.

Geelong are sitting pretty at the top of the ladder and barring a disaster are on course for the minor premiership but they cannot allow complacency to creep in when they take on the Gold Coast Suns.

Melbourne also face Carlton in a huge game at the MCG. The Demons have been inconsistent but are still in with a chance of making the top two, while Carlton need to win one of their remaining two games if they are to guarantee a place in finals.

There is also a big game in the west when Fremantle take on West Coast Eagles in the derby. The Dockers need to win to make the top four and the Eagles will be looking to throw a spanner in the works.

The Western Bulldogs need a miracle to make finals, but a win over struggling GWS could keep the dream alive and take it to the final round.

In the other game of the day both Adelaide and North Melbourne are playing for pride when they clash at the Adelaide Oval.

Lots to look forward to so let’s take a closer look at each game.

What: Western Bulldogs v Greater Western Sydney
Where: Marvel Stadium, Victoria
When: 13:45 (AEST) Saturday 13th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Bulldogs 17/100, GWS 17/4

The Bulldogs have lost the last two games against Fremantle and Geelong and look set to miss out on finals. They need to win both their remaining games and hope the Richmond Tigers lose both.

They beat GWS by 20 points earlier in the round and could do with the same again. They welcome back Lachie Hunter, Stefan Martin and Ryan Gardner.

Greater Western Sydney have had a season to forget but snapped a losing streak to beat Essendon last week and will take confidence from the 27-point victory.

Their chances have been hit by the news that Toby Greene is out injured, while Braydon Preuss and James Peatling have also been ruled out.

What: Adelaide Crows v North Melbourne
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 14:10 (AEST) Saturday 13th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Crows 9/50, North Melbourne 4/1

Adelaide have had a disappointing season but are on a roll after winning their last two games against West Coast and Carlton. They also beat the Kangaroos by 57 points earlier this season and will be confident of making it three.

North Melbourne recently picked up their second win of the season but have reverted to type by losing the last three and are battling to avoid the wooden spoon.

Riley Thilthorpe and Tom Doedee are back for the Crows, while Ben Cunnington, Ben McKay and Jackson Archer return for the Roos.

What: Gold Coast Suns v Geelong
Where: Metricon Stadium, Brisbane
When: 16:35 (AEST) Saturday 13th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Suns 3/1, Geelong 1/4

Gold Coast beat Geelong by 23 points back in March but the two sides have taken different paths since then.

The Cats sit top of the ladder and will be looking for their 12th win on the bounce on Saturday, while despite showing some encouraging signs, the Suns sit 11th and have missed out on finals.

Gold Coast have won their last two games at Metricon Stadium and will be out to cause an upset.

Sam Day and Sam Flanders are back for the Suns, while Geelong welcome back a host of quality players in the form of Gary Rohan, Joel Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield and Mark Blicavs.

What: Melbourne v Carlton
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: 19:25 (AEST) Saturday 13th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Melbourne 1/3, Carlton 47/20

Melbourne sit third on the ladder and need to bounce back after losing to second-placed Collingwood last week.

If recent form is anything to go by they should do. Their recent record reads W-L-W-L.

Carlton have lost the last two games and are in danger of slipping out of the top eight if they lose the next two against Melbourne and Collingwood.

There are no changes for Melbourne but Liam Stocker and Marc Pittonet are back for Carlton.

What: Fremantle v West Coast Eagles
Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
When:19:40 (AEST) Saturday 13th August 2022
How to watch: 7mate, Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Fremantle 11/100, West Coast 11/2

Fremantle bounced back with a big win over the Western Bulldogs last week and need another to keep their top four hopes alive.

West Coast have won just two games all season and have lost the last five, but it is a derby game and there is plenty of pride to play for.

The Dockers won by 55 points at the start of the season and have gone from strength to strength while the Eagles have struggled.

Sam Switkowski returns for Fremantle, while Hugh Dixon, Jackson Nelson and Josh Rotham are back for the Eagles.

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