Round Eleven is nearly upon us which means it’s time to make our declarations for the weekend ahead. So come along with our team as they run through their predictions for AFL Round 11.
The Demons have been on fire in recent weeks racking up big scores and big wins against Gold Coast, Carlton and Adelaide. This should continue in Round Eleven.
While Melbourne has been scoring at will, their Round Eleven opponents, the Western Bulldogs have found it almost impossible to hit the scoreboard.
As a result, you should expect to see Melbourne run up yet another big score and record another comfortable victory.
Nat Fyfe is having the kind of season that has seen him deemed best on ground by media outlets in a match that his team scored just four goals!
Perhaps well on his way to a second Brownlow, expect the Fremantle captain to continue this kind of form when his team take on the Pies this weekend.
A week after making his return to Kardinia Park as a Geelong player, Gary Ablett plays his first game on the Gold Coast. While he received a warm welcome to the Cattery as a Suns player, it won’t be so friendly at Metricon Stadium.
He’s promised his Coach a big game for a few weeks now and the stage is set perfectly for that performance. All of which means, the only thing more certain than him being on the receiving end of a hostile welcome is him producing a dazzling performance.
After a promising start to the season, the Hawks season is on the brink after three consecutive defeats, including a 57-point hammering at the hands of the lowly Lions.
At their fortress in Launceston, they simply have to find a way to win or they will bid farewell to any hopes of a return to finals football in season 2018.
The Giants entered 2018 with high expectations as to what they could achieve. After ten rounds they look a long way off any of their pre-season goals.
Much like the Hawks, they simply have to find a way to win this weekend or begin making alternate plans for September.
After a difficult start to the season, the Pies have worked their way into the Top Eight on the back of five wins from their last seven games. As a result they’ll start favourites when they host Fremantle.
With the high flying Demons to follow they can’t afford a slip up against the Dockers or their hard-fought position in the top half of the ladder could be surrendered.
Adelaide Recruiting Manager infamously suggested that Gold Coast and GWS would dominate the competition from 2014-15 and share the ten flags from then. With Gold Coast flailing away at the tail of the ladder, the Giants remain the closest contender from the AFL’s grand expedition into ‘enemy territory’.
If they lose this weekend, like the Gold Coast, the Giants will find themselves on the outside looking in and what will this mean for the future of the fledgeling club.
Having fought gallantly against a long injury list all season, the Crows finally felt the pain of it on the scoreboard in Alice Springs last week.
With a tricky five weeks of fixtures to follow their clash with the Giants this weekend, their return to Adelaide Oval looms as a danger game. If they want to keep within touching distance of the top four, Adelaide simply cannot afford to let slip this gilt-edged opportunity to get back on the winners list against an opponent bereft of form and confidence.
For the Hawks their season now lies on the precipice after three straight defeats. Outside the eight by a game and percentage, they simply cannot afford to give up any further ground to the top eight.
At their home away from home, against a team that has travelled halfway around the world in the last fortnight, they won’t get too many better opportunities to breathe life into their season. If they can’t get the job done this weekend they may not get another chance.