1. (1) BRISBANE
With Q-Clash bragging right secured for another year, the Lions prepare for the biggest game played in Queensland for many a year. Can they knock off the Cats and extend their winning streak to nine?
LAST FIVE: PA (W), NM (W), Haw (W), WB (W).
RUN HOME: Gee (H), Rich (A).
2. (2) WEST COAST
The Premiers find themselves in a strong position for another assault at the flag but will have to overcome a red hot Richmond if they are to retain any hope of earning the minor premiership.
LAST FIVE: Coll (L), Melb (W), NM (W), Carl (W), Ade (A).
RUN HOME: Rich (A), Haw (H).
3. (3) RICHMOND
Another week, another win for the men from Punt Road means the bandwagon is in full effect. Many pundits tip for the flag already, there won’t be many doubters left if they can over come their next two opponents – West Coast and Brisbane.
LAST FIVE: GWS (W), PA (W), Coll (W), Melb (W), Carl (W).
RUN HOME: WCE (H), BL (H).
4. (5) GEELONG
Have been on top of the ladder for longer than many fans can remember but there were plenty of doubters of Chris Scott’s men in recent weeks. That number will have dwindled considerably after they kept North to the seventh lowest score of the last 100 years. It will be only temporary though if they fail to return from Brisbane with the premiership points next weekend.
LAST FIVE: StK (W), Haw (L), Syd (W), Fre (L), NM (W).
RUN HOME: BL (A), Carl (H).
5. (8) COLLINGWOOD
Did what they had to against Melbourne but remain a long way off their best. If they are to keep their top four hopes alive, they will need to get closer to it when they face Adelaide away and Essendon at home.
LAST FIVE: WCE (W), GWS (L), Rich (L), GC (W), Melb (A).
RUN HOME: Ade (A), Ess (H).
6. (4) GWS
Despite us being bullish about their chances all season, the Giants loss to Hawthorn all but ends their hopes for a top four finish this year which means a premiership tilt would also seem unlikely.
LAST FIVE: Rich (L), Coll (W), PA (W), Syd (W), Haw (L).
RUN HOME: WB (H), GC (A).
7. (11) PORT ADELAIDE
Port Adelaide have risen from the logjam of teams fighting out for a place in the finals with their back to back victories. Yet with the 2019 race for eighth place looming as one of the tightest in history, they will need to be on their guard or risking losing their hard won advantage in the next fortnight.
LAST FIVE: BL (L), Rich (L), GWS (L), Ess (W), Syd (W).
RUN HOME: NM (A), Fre (H).
8. (13) WESTERN BULLDOGS
Could their annihilation of the Bombers prove to be the kick start to a 2016-esque September charge? Will consider themselves a big chance in both their last two home and away games and if results fall their way, who knows how far the Bulldogs can go?
LAST FIVE: Melb (W), StK (L), Fre (W), BL (L), Ess (W).
RUN HOME: GWS (A), Ade (H).
9. (9) FREMANTLE
Heartbreaking loss for the Dockers at Marvel Stadium just one week after pulling off one of the upsets of the season. Still in the logjam of teams with a chance of finals action, they will be looking to inflict more pain on the Bombers this weekend.
LAST FIVE: Haw (L), Syd (W), WB (L), Gee (W), StK (L).
RUN HOME: Ess (H), PA (A).
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10. (14) HAWTHORN
Whenever we rule them out, the Hawks remind us of the folly in writing off a champion. Still unlikely to play finals but their win against the Giants was a genuine masterclass from Alastair Clarkson and his warriors.
LAST FIVE: Fre (W), Gee (W), BL (L), NM (L), GWS (W).
RUN HOME: GC (H), WCE (A).
11. (10) ADELAIDE
Surrendered control of their finals destiny at Optus Stadium, and face a difficult task in wrenching it back with games against Collingwood and the Bulldogs to round out their 2019 campaign.
LAST FIVE: GC (W), Ess (L), Carl (L), StK (W), WCE (L).
RUN HOME: Coll (H), WB (A).
12. (15) ST KILDA
Brett Ratten has the Saints playing exciting footy and, while it came late, deserved their victory over the Dockers at Marvel Stadium. While both of their remaining fixtures will provide its challenges, the Saints have an opportunity to end the season on a genuine high if they can overcome them.
LAST FIVE: Gee (L), WB (W), Melb (W), Ade (L), Fre (W).
RUN HOME: Carl (A), Syd (A).
13. (12) CARLTON
Have lost no friends in their back to back defeats against the high flying Tigers and Eagles. Will consider themselves a genuine chance against the Saints before rounding out their season with a trip down the freeway to face the Cats.
LAST FIVE: Syd (W), GC (W), Ade (W), WCE (L), Rich (L).
RUN HOME: StK (H), Gee (A).
14. (6) ESSENDON
What on earth are you to make of the Bombers? While they well and truly deserve their position here, they could equally wrap up a finals berth if they knock over the Dockers at home this weekend.
LAST FIVE: NM (W), Ade (W), GC (W), PA (L), WB (L).
RUN HOME: Fre (A), Coll (A).
15. (7) NORTH MELBOURNE
They have been brave for much of 2019 but in scoring the seventh lowest score in 100 years against the Cats, North Melbourne look to have run out of legs with a fortnight to play.
LAST FIVE: Ess (L), BL (L), WCE (L), Haw (W), Gee (L).
RUN HOME: PA (H), Melb (H).
16. (16) SYDNEY
They will give themselves every chance against the Demons and the Saints in the final two rounds, but with six defeats in a row a bottom four finish is extremely likely for the Swans.
LAST FIVE: Carl (L), Fre (L), Gee (L), GWS (L), PA (L).
RUN HOME: Melb (A), StK (H).
17. (17) MELBOURNE
They took it right up to Collingwood for much of their clash on Saturday but fell to yet another defeat. What was a season that started so expectantly for the Demons, couldn’t finish quickly enough.
LAST FIVE: WB (L), WCE (L), StK (L), Rich (L), Coll (L).
RUN HOME: Syd (H), NM (A).
18. (18) GOLD COAST
Avoided a three figure defeat but, in losing their 16th consecutive match, the Suns all but secured the wooden spoon.
LAST FIVE: Rich (L), Ade (L), Carl (L), Ess (L), Coll (L).
RUN HOME: Haw (A), GWS (H).