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The Weekend Forecast – Round 9

The Shanghai experiment was hailed a resounding success last week by the AFL, despite being a shocking game to watch.

Port Adelaide and Gold Coast laid the foundation for what should be a yearly match. Several suitors including GWS, North or Melbourne are said to be putting their hands up for a trip to the hotbed of Northern Hemisphere footy next year. Hopefully the “sellout” crowd will be watching the game rather than indulging in other activities away from the viewing side of the stands.

On we go to another round of footy where the Sun has set, and the Power switched off for the week, this is The Weekend Forecast 

Match Of The Round – Geelong vs Western Bulldogs

WESTERN BULLDOGS

FB      Dale Morris, Marcus Adams, Jason Johannisen
HB     Easton Wood, Robert Murphy, Bailey Williams
C         Lachie Hunter, Luke Dahlhaus, Jack Macrae
HF     Caleb Daniel, Travis Cloke, Clay Smith
FF      Lin Jong, Jack Redpath, Liam Picken
FOL   Tom Boyd, Marcus Bontempelli, Mitch Wallis
I/C     Matthew Suckling, Tory Dickson, Lukas Webb, Bailey Dale

Ins in BOLD

GEELONG CATS

FB        Tom Stewart, Tom Lonergan, Zach Tuohy
HB      Jake Kolodjashnij, Lachie Henderson, Andrew Mackie
C          Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Cameron Guthrie
HF       James Parsons, Harry Taylor, Steven Motlop
FF        Tom Hawkins, Nakia Cockatoo, Daniel Menzel
FOL     Zac Smith, Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Selwood
I/C      Jed Bews, Mitch Duncan, Sam Menegola, Mark O’Connor

Ins in BOLD.

Head-to-Head
Geelong                    $1.96
Western Bulldogs $1.85  (Source: Sportsbet)

30+Disposals – Luke Dahlhaus $2

Looking at the team sheets, Geelong appear to have a more settled lineup with Lachie Henderson and Scott Selwood coming in, in what will be our first look at the new additions to Simonds Stadium on Friday night.

Some shock omissions from the Dogs end, with Tom Liberatore, Matthew Boyd (Shoulder), Toby McLean and Fletcher Roberts all omitted. You just get the sense that the Bulldogs work rate can bring the Cats to a halt, and you would assume there will be genuine contingencies in place to subdue Dangerwood. Mitch Wallis will make his 2017 debut.

Who’s On Fire

Look for Josh Kelly to dominate Richmond this week in the midfield for GWS. The in-form 22 year old already has a huge price on his head, with North Melbourne leading the charge to secure his services in 2018. His form this year so far has done his chances no harm with 162 fantasy points last week, racking up 36 touches, 6 marks, 11 tackles and a goal.

Kelly fills the stat sheet regularly, and rarely has a completely off day. With Stephen Coniglio out, Josh Kelly will surely shoulder his fair share of the work in the Giants midfield. Put him into your DFS team with confidence.

Who’s Under Fire

Adelaide must do more to protect Rory Sloane in the interests of generating a better output from its midfield. If not Scott Thompson(not named in side), then at this point it’s unclear who might step up and muscle a would-be tagger out of Sloane’s way.

Adelaide’s forward line is the jewel in the Crows crown, and cannot get going without delivery from the Crows engine room. Look for some adjustments this week from coach Pyke.

Adelaide have lost their last two games, with a common problem. It just goes to show how important Sloane is to the dynamics of this team. Rory Sloane celebrates his 150th game this week, along with 100 for defender Luke Brown.

30+ Disposal Market
Rory Sloane’s price has softened due to recent tags. Back him in at $2.88, if you think he can get some help this week.

Ladder Implications

24   Adelaide
24   GWS
24   West Coast
20   Port Adelaide
20   Geelong
20   St Kilda
20   Richmond
20   Western Bulldogs
20    Fremantle
16    Melbourne
16    Essendon
12    Gold Coast
12    Carlton
12    Hawthorn
8     Sydney
8     North Melb
8     Collingwood
4     Brisbane

Rarely has a week of footy gone the way it was expected to, but… if there was to be a semi-normal week this week, then Freo could find themselves as the rounds big winners and could get up to 5th, if Geelong get beaten by the Bulldogs and St Kilda falter to the suddenly in-form Swans.

Fremantle are at home to Carlton, and anything can happen.

Richmond face a tough task in Sydney against the Giants, and are likely to slide out of the eight. Only North can save them dropping as low as 10th, after being among the ladder leaders a few weeks earlier.

A Collingwood win over the ailing but surging Hawks, could have the Pies up to 12th if results go their way.

It should be a cracking round of matches this week in the AFL, here’s hoping your team gets up.

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