- How Carlton back-up after nearly getting their first win
The Blues almost pulled off their first win of the season last weekend in their 10-point loss to the Eagles at the MCG. Nevertheless, they’re still yet to record a win for 2018, and facing the Bulldogs on Friday night at Etihad, they may very well be within a chance to come away with the four points.
Although the Dogs have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, they’ve still been disappointing, hence why the Blues have a red-hot chance of pulling off a win.
They did have their chances against the Eagles, but a disastrous end to their third term cost them, so it will be interesting to see how much confidence they take out from that in their match tonight.
- What Sydney’s response is after their second home loss
The Swans have hosted each South Australian at the SCG this season, and have lost on both occasions.
Sydney were utterly disappointing in their second home loss against the Crows on the Friday night stage last week, and up against a Geelong side fresh off a morale-boosting win over Port Adelaide in Adelaide, the way they respond will be vital to seeing whether or not they are premiership candidates.
They’ve had the wood over the Cats in recent times, winning three of their past four encounters which have all been hosted by Geelong, so they’ll give themselves a shot down at the Cattery on Saturday.
Their response is critical to their season however, particularly given their 0-6 start last season.
- North proving their credentials
North Melbourne have been nothing short of exceptional so far this season, and currently hold the fourth best record in the league with three wins from five games in 2018.
The Roos are also on a two-game winning streak, with a huge win over Carlton two weeks ago before a surprisingly dominant win over the Hawks last Sunday. They kicked seven goals in the first term to blow the Hawks off the park, who have been touted as top-four side themselves.
This week against a Port side tipped by many to finish in the top-four, they have a real chance of proving to the competition whether they are finals material or not, as they are within a shot of making it three wins in a row.
- GWS getting their season back on track
The Giants’ final ten minutes in their draw against Saints was shocking, and is something which shouldn’t be happening for a premiership-worthy outfit.
The Giants so far this season have been fairly average for their standards, with only three wins to their name so far.
After back-to-back Preliminary final losses, you feel their time is now, and if it’s any week to turnaround their season and get it back on track, this match against the Lions proves to be the perfect recipe.
The Lions are yet to register a win in 2018, so the Giants should be able to put the cleaners on them and get their season back to where their expectations are.
- The Hawks bouncing back from their shock defeat
Nearly everybody believed the Hawks were back and within a shot of a top-four spot after a brilliant start to the season which saw them sit fourth on the table with three wins just before round 5.
But their performance against North Melbourne last weekend has raised questions about their credibility, and whether we’ve jumped the gun on them being back contending for a flag.
This week they tackle the Saints down in Tasmania which proves to be the perfect platform to bounce back from their shock loss last weekend.
The Saints have been one of the more disappointing teams this season, making it an ideal matchup for the Hawks who most certainly will be looking to prove to their worth to the rest of the competition.
- How competitive the Suns are in Adelaide
The Suns have been one of the surprise packets this season, with wins against North, Carlton and the Lions with their losses coming against both WA sides in Perth.
Despite those two losses, they held off a fast-finishing Brisbane side to take out the Q-Clash last weekend to put themselves a game outside the top-two.
This weekend they face their toughest task of the season thus far, that being a clash against last year’s runner’s-up on their home turn in Adelaide.
The way the Suns perform will give us an indication of their potential this season, and it will most certainly be interesting how they perform against a Crows’ side who they have never beaten in their history.
- Essendon v Melbourne – who’ll bounce back?
It’s fair to say that both sides have had very disappointing starts to the season to date, with both sitting in 13th and 14th on the table with just two wins to their names.
They were both considering lock-in finals sides at the start of the season, with some even having either side finishing inside the top-four.
Nevertheless, both sides have failed to live up to expectations so far in 2018, and their clash this weekend provides the ideal platform for either side to get their season rolling after disappointing ANZAC eve and day performances.
It’s hard to pick a winner, but how each side perform will go a long way to ensuring they get back to where we expect them to be, that being in a position fighting for a finals place.
- How the Pies fare against the rampaging Tigers
Collingwood has been on a roll in the last three rounds, with wins coming against Carlton, Adelaide in Adelaide, as well as a dominant ANZAC day win over the Bombers on Wednesday.
Many have quickly shifted their stance on Nathan Buckley’s men, with some even suggesting they are officially back on the right path.
But how they fare against the recently tagged premiership favourite Tigers will be all what we need to determine whether they really are on the rise this season.
Richmond are on a mission and have been playing an exciting brand of footy, and how the Pies handle this will be one of the more interesting things in this round.
- The Perth Derby
Who would’ve thought that we would all be looking forward to the Perth Derby at the start of the season.
Many pundits had neither side finishing inside the top-eight, but after five rounds of 2018, the Eagles sit in second place on the table with four wins, whilst the Dockers are one game behind them with three wins.
Both have played their new home venue exceptionally well, and with the largest crowd for a Perth football match expected, this Perth Derby is one of the most anticipated clashes between the two WA sides in history.