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AFL: No room for GWS complacency

There is a full program of AFL to look forward to this week and that means a bumper Saturday afternoon of action with four games taking place.

Greater Wester Sydney put down a big marker last week when beating Collingwood, but there can be no room for complacency when they take on North Melbourne.

GWS can be backed at 6.00 to win the grand final, while the Kangaroos will be battling to avoid the wooden spoon.

In the other games on Saturday, Essendon begin their season at home to Hawthorn, while Geelong and St Kilda clash in a big one at GMHBA Stadium.

To wrap up the day there is action on the Gold Coast, with the Suns taking on Adelaide.

. What: Essendon v Hawthorn
. Where: MCG, Melbourne
. When: 12:45 (AEST), Saturday 16th March 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Essendon 1.78, Hawthorn 2.05

Essendon have a good record against the Hawks, winning the last three meetings, and will be looking to make it four.

They won by 59 points last season, but it is expected to be a tighter affair on Saturday. The Bombers can be backed at 6.00 to win by 1-12 points.

Hawthorn will be out to cause an upset and the experienced Luke Breust will have a key role to play for them.

The forward is 1.12 to boot a goal at anytime or 11.00 to get the first of the game.

. What: Greater Western Sydney v North Melbourne
. Where: ENGIE Stadium, Sydney
. When: 15:35 (AEST), Saturday 16th March 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Greater Western Sydney 1.05, North Melbourne 10.00

The Giants were impressive against Collingwood last week, but they cannot afford to take the foot off the gas against the Kangaroos.

Callum Brown was in fine form when booting five goals against the Pies last week, while Jesse Hogan and Brent Daniels chipped in with four each.

Hogan can be backed at 8.00 to boot the first goal of the game, while Daniels and Brown are both 11.00.

It could be a painful afternoon for North Melbourne, and GWS can be backed at 3.60 to win by 73+ points.

. What: Geelong v St Kilda
. Where: GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
. When: 18:30 (AEST), Saturday 16th March 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Geelong 1.50, St Kilda 2.60

Geelong and St Kilda will both be looking at making the top eight this season and going deep into finals, so there is already a lot riding on this game.

St Kilda have won two of the last three meetings, including a 39-point win on home soil in 2023.

Ross Lyon’s men can be backed at 5.50 to nick it by 1-12 points on this occasion.

Geelong have plenty of firepower that can hurt the Saints and gun forward Jeremy Cameron will be keen to get the season off to a flyer.

Cameron is 1.08 to score at anytime, or 9.50 to boot the first goal of the game.

. What: Gold Coast v Adelaide
. Where: People First Stadium, Gold Coast
. When: 19:10 (AEST), Saturday 16th March 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Gold Coast 1.65, Adelaide 2.25

Gold Coast began life under new coach Damien Hardwick with 39-point win over Richmond last weekend and will be going all out to pick up back-to-back wins.

Ben King was the star of the show when booting five goals against the Tigers last week and he is 10.00 to score the first goal on Saturday.

A lot of eyes will also be on Izak Rankine who left the Suns to join the Crows, and he can be backed at 1.12 to score at anytime against his former club.

Adelaide have lost in their last two trips to the Gold Coast, but are priced at 5.50 to nick the game by 1-12 points.

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