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Aussie Rules: Saturday preview

The battle to finish in the top eight of the AFL will continue on Saturday afternoon with all but the West Coast Eagles in contention to play finals footy.

Port Adelaide have recovered from a horror start to the season and will look to edge closer to the eight by beating a Sydney Swans side who defeated reigning premiers Melbourne before the bye.

Geelong travel to the west sitting pretty in fifth spot on the ladder but there can be no complacency when they take on the Eagles who have picked up just one win from 12 this season.

13th takes on 10th in the final game of the day and GWS will need to see off the Bulldogs to keep alive their slim hopes of making the eight.

Franklin back to boost Sydney Swans

What: Port Adelaide v Sydney Swans
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 13:45 (AEST) Saturday 18th June, 2022
Odds: Port 6/5, Swans 17/25

Port Adelaide lost the opening five games of the season but have somehow recovered to get the campaign on track.

However they have stuttered again in recent weeks when losing two of the last three games, including last week’s narrow 12-point loss against the Richmond Tigers.

Ken Hinkley’s men need to get back to winning ways on home soil, but it will not be easy against a Swans side that have won three out of the last four.

They will also be without the experienced Travis Boak through sickness, while Robbie Gray, Trent Dumont and Steven Motlop are also out.

Sydney on the other hand are a club in form when jumping to seventh place on the ladder. The 12-point win over Melbourne at the MCG will have boosted their confidence further.

The Swans have also been handed a huge boost with the return of star forward Lance Franklin following a one-match suspension.

Harry Cunningham is also fit again following an abdominal strain and coach John Longmire says the duo are sure to have a positive impact on his side.

The cavalry arrives for West Coast Eagles

What: West Coast Eagles v Geelong
Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
When: 16:35 (AEST) Saturday 18th June, 2022
Odds: Eagles 11/2, Geelong 11/100

The West Coast Eagles have had a nightmare start to the season after seeing their list ripped apart through sickness and injury issues.

That is not the only reason they have picked up just the one win this season but it has been a factor and coach Adam Simpson will be delighted to get some big guns back for the visit of the Cats.

Premiership stars Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed, Willie Rioli and Jeremy McGovern all return to the side as the Eagles will be hoping for a much more fruitful second half of the season.

Geelong are again launching another push for the flag and sit fifth on the ladder with an 8-4 win-loss ratio. They have a game in hand on all the teams above them and can go level on points with fourth-placed Carlton if they can get the job done in Perth.

There is still no place in the side for Patrick Dangerfield as the Cats adopt a cautious approach with his recovery.

Coach Chris Scott has also been forced into two changes as Gary Rohan and Brandan Parfitt miss out through illness and injury respectively. Sam Menegola and Jake Kolodjashnij step in to replace them.

GWS debut startlet in must-win game

What: Greater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs
Where: Giants Stadium, Sydney
When: 19:25 (AEST), Saturday 18th June, 2022
Odds: GWS 21/20, Bulldogs 39/50

GWS are in need of all four points if they are to close the gap on the eight after picking up just four wins all season.

They boosted their confidence with a 49-point win over struggling North Melbourne last weekend but will face a tougher test against the Bulldogs who are three places and eight points above them.

Interim Giants coach Mark McVeigh has opted to give Ryan Angwin his long-awaited debut after after the 19 year-old arrived as a first-round draft pick in 2020. He has impressed in the reserves and now gets his chance.

The Giants will be missing Matt De Boer and Harry Perryman, who suffered concussion and broken ribs in the win over the Kangaroos.

The Western Bulldogs have been in good form when winning three out of four games before the bye. That defeat was a narrow one against Geelong, going down by just 13 points and they will be confident of bouncing back against the Giants.

The Bulldogs have also recalled young key forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan for Saturday night's clash.

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