Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd gave his advice for four critical matches in Round 15.
The upcoming weekend’s game features an unusual anomaly. The top eight teams will all face off for only the fifth time in history, while there are also several big matches for teams looking to qualify for the finals.
Lloyd, speaking on sports daygave his advice for the four games that are set to define the contenders for prime minister in 2022.
See tips below
Melbourne vs Brisbane – Thursday, 7:20 p.m., MCG
“I support melbourne to win on Thursday night,” Lloyd said.
“I think the bye week could have come at the right time, they were punched in the face. Internally, these losses came at a time and even (they would think): ‘Are we taking money? ahead of ourselves, have we become complacent?
“So I’m backing them to beat the Lions on a cold night at the MCG on Thursday night.
“Brisbane haven’t won at ‘G – they haven’t played there much – for a very, very long time.”
Geelong v Richmond – Saturday, 4.35pm, MCG
“I really like the tigers. I see Robbie Tarrant has his hand tied, but that’s not a bad thing, I don’t think Robbie is doing very well.
“No Noah Balta either, but I think the way they move the ball the Tigers, I think they might be too fast for Geelong.
“It’s going to be a great game, it can go both ways, but I’m tipping the Tigers in the form they’re in.”
Carlton vs Fremantle – Saturday, 1:45 p.m., Marvel Stadium
“The other one I’m really torn on is Carlton and Fremantle because it’s at Marvel Stadium, it’s tricky.
“But I think they play Dockers pretty well at Marvel, they crushed Bombers there and (Matt) Taberner gave six or seven the last time I saw them there, so I’ll give a tip Freemantle beat the Blues.
“Lobb is in the best shape I’ve seen in a while and they could try to stretch Carlton’s defense if they want to, but I like the Dockers, I think they’re getting Carlton at the perfect time this weekend. end.”
Sydney vs St Kilda – Saturday, 7.25pm, SCG
“(I also tip) sydney to beat St Kilda.
“I don’t trust them with the way they play.
“If they (St Kilda) want to bomb Max King again this weekend, the McCartins (Tom and Paddy) and Dane Rampe will have a field day, so they have to settle that now.”