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9 Things we're looking forward to in round 8

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  1. Hawthorn v Sydney

This Friday night battle between two of the greatest teams of the modern era looms as being yet another classic.

Both sides have favouring historical records against each other, as the Hawks have won four of their last five clashes with the Swans, whereas for Sydney, they have won two of their last three battles with the Hawks at the MCG.

The Swans may take a liking to the bigger ground with their smaller line-up, whilst the Hawks have been superb so far in their games at the ‘G this season.

  1. GWS bouncing back

The Giants were nothing short of diabolical in their 61-point thumping to the hands of Geelong last Friday night, and they’ll most certainly be looking to make amends in this weekend’s match against the Eagles.

These two sides have had their fair share of close encounters over the years, but with the game being played at Spotless Stadium, the Giants will be expected to get their season back on track and defeat an Eagles side who are sitting in a surprising second place at this early stage of the season.

  1. An old rivalry igniting the flame

Well, who would’ve thought that we’d be saying seven rounds into the season, that this match between Carlton and Essendon is as unpredictable as any other match this season.

Carlton has been nothing short of terrible this season, and the same can be said about Essendon, with all hope of a certain win in this match against the Blues gone after their shocking start to the season.

What makes this match extra special though is the great history between the two clubs, and the fact that they are both struggling this season just adds to this spectacle in what should be a relatively tight encounter.

  1. The Suns finally playing their first ‘home’ game

Due to the Commonwealth Games being held in the Gold Coast throughout April, the Suns have failed to play a match at Metricon Stadium thus far this season.

They’ve only played the one ‘home’ game in Queensland this season, that being a round 1 clash with North Melbourne in Cairns, but this week against the Dees they return to their first home ground in the Gabba, and will be relishing the opportunity of playing closer to their home crowd.

  1. The Showdown

Both sides are only one game off each other so far this season, making this Showdown one of the most anticipated matchups in recent history.

The Power led the competition after three rounds, but have since gone on to win only one out of their past four matches, sitting outside the top-8 now on percentage.

For the Crows, however, they are on a three-game winning streak, and will not only be looking to make it four in a row this season but five in a row against the Power. Regardless, this match should prove to be a belter.

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  1. If the Lions can breakthrough for their first win

The Lions came extremely close to pulling off what would have been a huge upset win over Collingwood last Sunday.

In a match that featured accurate high-scoring and continuous end-to-end play, the Lions feel 7-points short in arguably the match of the season.

Regardless of this, they still remain winless after seven rounds this season but will be giving themselves every chance of pulling off a win against the Bulldogs when they battle it out at Etihad on Saturday night.

The Dogs have not been at their best this season, making them vulnerable against the winless Lions who will be eager to end their losing streak.

  1. Freo getting back on the winners’ list

The Dockers have lost their last two matches of the season, including three out of their last four, and will most certainly be looking to get back on the winner’s list when they take on the Saints this weekend at Optus Stadium.

The Dockers have really shown some positive signs this season, but have lacked the finesse and match-winning ability to get more reward for their efforts.

But up against the hapless Saints, Fremantle will be licking their lips as they look to get back within a game of the top-8.

  1. Whether the Roos can halt the Tigers’ rampaging form

Richmond has easily been the best team so far this season, not showing in the slightest that they are suffering from a premiership hangover. They have been nothing short of clinical this season, only suffering the one-loss to the Crows in Adelaide in round 2.

For the Roos, on the other hand, they have been one of the most surprising teams so far this season, eclipsing the majority’s expectations with their 4-3 win-loss record and seventh placing at this stage of the season.

This week, they face off against a Richmond side who they’ve had a relatively good recent record against, winning three of their past four clashes.

And with the match being played at Etihad, the Roos will be giving themselves every possible chance of pulling of an upset.

  1. Collingwood v Geelong

The Pies are one of the most in-form sides in the competition right now, winning four of their last five matches to put them just .3% outside of the top-8.

This week, they face off against a Geelong side with the same record as the Pies, but they haven’t been all too convincing so far this season.

With this match being played at the ‘G, things sway ever so slightly in the Pies’ favour, as well as the fact they have won three of the last four clashes between the two sides.

But by all means will Geelong prove to be no pushover, given the Cats’ barnstorming win against premiership fancies GWS last weekend. Either way, this match should go down to the wire.

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