Friday night will not disappoint football fans. Sydney (fourth) plays Geelong (seventh) in a battle between two teams that could very well find themselves in the top 4 at the end of the season. Adam Goodes is a huge inclusion after missing over a month of footy and we’re all curious to see how goes in game back number one, but the Cats aren’t devoid of big inclusions either; James Podsiadly comes back into the forward line to help out Tom Hawkins while Allen Christiansen shores up the midfield. Swans at home for me.
Will Minson is out for that racial abuse case that made the news earlier this week. Their opponent, Brisbane, will benefit from the inclusions of Simon Black and Ashley McGrath, which makes this game almost watchable.
Seperated only by percentage points at the top of the table, Collingwood and West Coast will play out a thriller at the MCG. Heath Shaw and Beau Waters return to strengthen both defences, but the Eagles have been, in my opinion, the best team in 2012. Of course, Collingwood has the pedigree to knock them off, and at the MCG they just might, but the Eagles are having one of those premiership seasons where they can be simply dominant.
Fremantle v Essendon will be no slouch either. Both are coming off the bye, but Essendon have dropped down to sixth position after two substandard performances while the Dockers put an awful five months of footy behind them to beat the inform Tigers two weeks ago in a puddle at the MCG. A win could sneak the Dockers into the eight, and while that is unlikely they could really set themselves up for the next month with a win at home on Saturday.
The only appeal of the first Sunday game is seeing if GWS can get a second win over Melbourne. The Dees haven’t been that bad since claiming their first scalp of 2012 against Essendon three weeks ago, so it should be an OK game, if you can tolerate a bunch of spuds playing against the national U18s side.
North tricked us in the opening few rounds of the season and now they are simply bad. Adelaide will give them the business. Do not be suckered by the Etihad fixture and tip North.