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Aussie Rules: Leaders Geelong set for St Kilda test

Geelong will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak and consolidate top spot in the AFL when they face St Kilda on Saturday while there are also four other games to look forward to on a bumper day of action.

Geelong look like they will take some stopping in the race for the minor premiership, but St Kilda will be no pushovers and the Cats will have to guard against complacency.

In one of the other big games of the day, Fremantle travel to take on a Western Bulldogs side that sit just out of the eight and need a win to keep their finals hopes alive.

Richmond Tigers are another side pushing for the eight and face a tricky trip to South Australia to take on Port Adelaide.

The Gold Coast Suns need something of a miracle if they are to make the eight but can keep the dream alive with a victory over Hawthorn.

In the other game of the day, Essendon will be out to keep their recent run of good form going when they take on GWS in Sydney.

Another bumper day of AFL action to look forward to so let’s take a closer look at each match-up.

What: Hawthorn v Gold Coast Suns
Where: University of Tasmania Stadium, Tasmania
When: 13:45 (AEST) Saturday 6th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Hawthorn 91/100, Gold Coast 91/100

Hawthorn lost to St Kilda last week but before that had been in good form with three wins on the bounce as the rebuild under Sam Mitchell continues.

The Hawks will be missing Josh Morris and Mitch Lewis through suspension, while Changkuoth Jiath is suspended. Jai Serong, Jarman Impey and Denver Grainger-Barras have all been included.

The Suns smashed the Hawks earlier in the season and need to win again to keep alive their finals hopes. They are eight points behind the eight and need a miracle.

Alex Davies and Brandon Ellis have been brought back in.

What: Greater Western Sydney v Essendon
Where: Giants Stadium, Sydney
When: 14:10 (AEST) Saturday 6th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: GWS 11/10, Essendon 3/4

GWS are playing for pride as they sit 16th on the ladder with just five wins to their name all season. They have lost the last four on the bounce and it has been a season to forget.

There is some good news though as Stephen Coniglio returns to the side.

Essendon are on the up when winning four of the last five games, but their run of form has come too late to make a finals push. However it is important they continue to build momentum for next season.

The Bombers are without Jye Caldwell through injury but are boosted by the return of Andrew McGrath and Darcy Parish.

What: Western Bulldogs v Fremantle
Where: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
When: 16:35 (AEST) Saturday 6th August 2022
How to watch: 7mate, Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Bulldogs 9/20, Fremantle 7/4

The Bulldogs are one win away from the eight and will be keen to bounce back after losing to Geelong last week. Prior to that they had beaten Melbourne and St Kilda so have been in good touch.

The Bulldogs are boosted by the return of Adam Treloar, Alex Keath and Sam Darcy.

Freo have hit a bad run of form at just the wrong time as two defeats and a draw in the last three games have hit their top-four hopes.

The Dockers will be hoping the return of Darcy Tucker can give them a lift, while Nathan O’Driscoll is also back in.

What: Geelong v St Kilda
Where: GMHBA Stadium, Melbourne
When: 19:25 (AEST) Saturday 6th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Geelong 7/50, St Kilda 19/4

Geelong are flying after winning their last 10 games to sit at the top of the ladder. Gary Rohan being out injured is a setback, while Joel Selwood will be rested.
However the Cats have enough quality to cope and are also boosted by the return of Rhys Stanley.

St Kilda have rediscovered some form at the right time and have jumped to eighth on the ladder after winning the last two games. Albeit against teams below them in the form of Hawthorn and West Coast.

Dougal Howard is back in the fold as Saints target a huge boilover at GMHBA Stadium.

What: Port Adelaide v Richmond Tigers
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 19:40 (AEST) Saturday 6th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Port 17/25, Richmond 6/5

Richmond finally got a much-needed win over the Brisbane Lions last week to move them to ninth spot on the ladder.

They are two points behind St Kilda and now need to back it up by beating Port. Dylan Grimes is missing through injury but Josh Gibcus is back in the fold.

The Power have lost four of the last five and their mid-season revival is over. They cannot make the eight and will now be playing for pride and under-fire coach Ken Hinkley.

Lachie Jones is out injured but Brynn Teakle and Dan Houston return.

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