1. If De Goey will have another night out
Jordan De Goey has been absolutely phenomenal in the past few weeks for the Magpies, kicking 12 goals in his last three outings to make it 15 goals for his 2018 tally.
De Goey has been a mainstay in the Pies’ forward line, and his dynamic style of play has seen him become one of the most sought-after players in the competition when he comes out of contract at the end of the season.
And up against the Bulldogs, who haven’t been all that convincing this season, you can be sure to expect De Goey to come close to continuing his incredible recent form.
2. Richmond bouncing back
The Tigers had their seven-game winning streak come to a grinding halt after their 47-point loss to the West Coast Eagles last Sunday.
Richmond was on top-of-the-table before their clash with the Eagles, but that went all out the window after they were just completely outclassed by the Eagles at Optus Stadium.
This week against a St Kilda side who has just won the single game in 2018, the Tigers will be looking at this match as the ideal opportunity to get their season back on the right track.
3. If the Lions can back up their first win
The Lions were fantastic in their first win of the 2018 season last week against the Hawks, completely outplaying them in the second half to record a big 56-point victory.
This week, they return to their home ground to tackle the Sydney Swans, looking to make it two wins from two matches, getting their season well back on track.
And it will be intriguing to see whether or not they can back up last week’s performance against this Sydney side who currently sit in 5th place on the ladder. Regardless though, Brisbane will give themselves every shot of making it their second win a row.
4. What the Cats’ response is after shock loss
Geelong was nothing short of deplorable in their shocking loss to Essendon last week.
They played with absolutely no intensity, and their pressure in the match was never there, seeing them fall by 34-points to a side which had played a similar brand to the Cats’ performance on the weekend for the last month.
This week against the Blues presents a perfect chance for the Cats to get their season back on the right track, as they try to maintain touch with the top four.
5. GWS v Essendon
This match looms as one of the more exciting games of this round, and is a difficult one to predict.
The Bombers had played a terrible month of footy, but turned it all around with their barnstorming win over the Cats last week.
For the Giants, they’ve lost their last three matches and are sitting in 11th spot on the ladder, making this matchup at Spotless Stadium a must-see encounter.
6. Can the Eagles make it nine in a row
West Coast was fantastic last week in their win over the Tigers in the top-of-the-table clash of the round.
Their attacking prowess at their new home fortress saw them take the top spot on the table and continue their winning form after their round 1 loss to Sydney.
This week, the Eagles take on Hawthorn who are coming off a disappointing loss to the Lions, and with the match being played at Etihad, it makes the spectacle all the more enticing.
7. If the Dees the real deal
Melbourne has been the sleeping giants of the league, winning their last four matches to jump into third spot on the table.
But without having beaten any real sides of note, this week they finally face one of the main contenders of the season in Adelaide.
With the match being played in Alice Springs, the Dees will have an advantage, but their premiership credentials will be put up to the test against a Crows side many predict will be in the thick of the action come the pointy end of the season.
8. Freo continuing their home form
Fremantle has been incredible at home this season, only losing one match to their cross-town rivals in West Coast.
And this season, the Dockers have been one of the more surprising teams thanks to this home dominance, as they currently sit just one win outside the top eight.
This week they take on North Melbourne who has also been one of the surprise packets this season, and will prove to be one of their tougher tasks at home when they go to battle this weekend.