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Aussie Rules: Fremantle look to respond against Power

Fremantle will be looking to cement their place in the top four when they entertain Port Adelaide on Sunday, while Richmond take on West Coast and GWS face Hawthorn on a busy day of AFL action.

Melbourne, Geelong and Brisbane have already won this weekend, so Fremantle need to match them to stay in touch.

They can take heart from fifth-placed Carlton slipping up though so there is the chance to open up a four-point cushion on the Blues as the race for the top four gets serious.

Richmond are looking to push their way back into the top eight and will never have a better chance against a struggling West Coast side. The Eagles picked up just their second win of the season against Essendon last week.

They will take heart from that but anything other than four points will be a huge blow for the Tigers.

It would be unfair to describe GWS versus Hawthorn as a dead-rubber. However neither has a chance to make the eight as they sit 14th and 15th respectively.

However Hawthorn are going through a rebuild under new coach Sam Mitchell so it will be all about making progress between now and the end of the season, developing players and picking up points.
 
Let’s take a closer look at the three games that wrap up the weekend.

What: Richmond v West Coast Eagles
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: 14:10 (AEST) Sunday 3rd July, 2022
How to watch: Foxtel, Kayo, Channel 7
Odds: Richmond 2/25, West Coast 7/1

Richmond sit ninth on the ladder but have the chance to move back into the eight if they can beat the Eagles at the MCG in the early game.

The Tigers have been in good form when winning six of the last eight games. The two defeats were against Sydney and Geelong and could have gone the other way.

They lost by just three points against Geelong last week and can take heart from the performance. Damien Hardwick’s men smashed the Eagles by 109 points in the west at the end of April.

The Eagles have improved since then but Richmond are the hot fancies on Sunday. They will be without the injured Dion Prestia but Jason Castagna does return.

West Coast have had a nightmare on the injury front this season but are boosted by the much-anticipated return of Nic Naitanui following a lengthy lay-off.

Josh Kennedy will not figure though as the Eagles look to build on the 10 point win over Essendon last week.


What: Greater Western Sydney v Hawthorn
Where: GIANTS Stadium, Sydney
When: 15:20 (AEST) Sunday 3rd July, 2022
How to watch: Foxtel, Kayo,
Odds: GWS 13/25, Hawthorn 31/20

Greater Western Sydney have lost three of the last four games, with the only win coming against cellar-dwellers North Melbourne.

They have not been completely played off the park though. Collingwood edged them by 11 points last week, while they also gave Brisbane and the Bulldogs a run for their money before losing.

Both teams have identical 4-10 win-loss records so something will have to give when they go head-to-head. Matt Flyn is the only player added to the GWS squad.

The Hawks are going through a poor run having lost their last four games on the bounce. They did give a good account of themselves over in the west when losing by 13 points against Fremantle though.

And again showed what they could do when beating Brisbane before embarking on the losing streak. They are boosted by the return of Jack Gunston and Will Day.


What: Fremantle v Port Adelaide
Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
When: 17:20 (AEST) Sunday 3rd July, 2022
How to watch: Foxtel, Kayo, Channel 7
Odds: Fremantle 11/25, Port Adelaide 9/5

Fremantle are having a great season but need to bounce back after losing at Carlton last weekend.

They remain in fourth spot and a victory would take them back level on points with Brisbane and Geelong and within touching distance of leaders Melbourne.

Freo have been solid at home, particularly when the conditions are dry, which they will be on Sunday. They are also boosted by the return of small forward Michael Walters.

Nathan Wilson is also included, but Jack Henry is out through injury.

Port Adelaide sit 12th on the ladder and need to string a run of results together if they are to make the eight. They are a couple of wins behind so it is achievable.

They are in decent form after winning the last two, including a two-point win over the Gold Coast last week.

Coach Ken Hinkley welcomes back Darcy Byrne-Jones,Jase Burgoyne and Robbie Gray, but Riley Bonner is injured.

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