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Aussie Rules: Pies out to build on Cats win

There are four games to look forward to on Saturday with the clash between Collingwood and Port Adelaide the highlight of the day.

Week two of the 2023 AFL season is up and running and we have already seen reigning premiers Geelong slip to their second defeat as they lost at Carlton on Thursday night. 

There will be no panic in the Cats ranks and they are still one of the hot fancies to go on and win the Grand Final. Then on Friday night the Brisbane Lions bounced back well from their opening round drubbing against Port Adelaide with a big win against Melbourne. 

The excitement is sure to continue on Saturday and there is a cracker to get proceedings underway when Collingwood entertain Port Adelaide. 

Then it is the turn of the Crows and Tigers, who will clash at the Adelaide Oval in the afternoon. To wrap up the action there are two evening games when the Western Bulldogs entertain St Kilda at Marvel, while Fremantle play host to North Melbourne at Optus. 

Plenty to look forward to, so let’s take a closer look at each match-up with game day fast approaching.

What:Collingwood v Port Adelaide
Where:MCG, Melbourne
When:13:45 (AEST) Saturday 25th March 2023
How to watch:Foxtel, Kayo 
Odds:Collingwood 1.54, Port Adelaide 2.50

Collingwood showed they are ready to rumble in 2023 as they opened the campaign with a win at Geelong, while the same can also be said of Port Adelaide. 

The Power disappointed last season but more is expected in 2023 and the way they thrashed the Brisbane Lions in round one suggests they are up for it. However, something will have to give at the MCG and one side will be left bitterly disappointed.

But for the neutral it has all the makings of a thriller. The Pies will hand a debut to key defender Billy Frampton following his arrival from the Adelaide Crows. He comes into the side to replace the injured Jeremy Howe.

Port will be without Trent McKenzie, who has been ruled out with a high-grade ankle strain, so Jase Burgoyne will get another chance to shine after making eight appearances in 2022. Travis Boak also returns from a rib injury and has been named as a substitute.

What:Adelaide Crows v Richmond Tigers
Where:Adelaide Oval
When:16:35 (AEST) Saturday 25th March 2023
How to watch:Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:Adelaide 2.45, Richmond 1.56

Adelaide began the season with a disappointing 16-point defeat away at GWS, while the Tigers were involved in a 58-58 draw with Carlton in the opening game. 

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It is an important game for both sides as the Crows look to climb the ladder and push for finals this season, while the Tigers have aspirations of winning the flag. 

Adelaide will be without Shane McAdam for the next three games after they failed to get his suspension overturned at the appeals committee on Thursday night. The Tigers will hand a debut to young defender Tylar Young, while they have also recalled ruckman Samson Ryan.

What:Western Bulldogs v St Kilda
Where:Marvel Stadium, Melbourne 
When:19:25 (AEST) Saturday 25th March 2023
How to watch:Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:Western Bulldogs 1.50, St Kilda 2.60

The Western Bulldogs had an opening game to forget as Melbourne thrashed them by 50 points, while St Kilda beat Fremantle in a low-scoring affair. 

It was an encouraging start for St Kilda with Ross Lyon back at the helm and they will be out to make it back-to-back wins in familiar surroundings at Marvel. 

The Bulldogs will be without key players Adam Treloar and Rory Lobb through injury, while Jason Johannisen and Mitch Hannan have been left out. It means Rhylee West, Riley Garcia, Hayden Crozier and Toby McLean all come into the reckoning. 

St Kilda still have a crippling injury list and Jimmy Webster and Jack Bytel have been added to it with hand and leg injuries respectively.

What:Fremantle v North Melbourne
Where:Optus Stadium, Perth
When:19:30 (AEST) Saturday 25th March 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:Fremantle 1.15, North Melbourne 5.50

Fremantle were disappointing when losing to St Kilda last week, while North Melbourne got off to a flyer at home to West Coast Eagles. 

They will now try and make it two wins on the bounce by taking the points in the West. Melbourne will be without Tristan Xerri after he suffered an ankle injury, so Todd Goldstein comes into replace him.

Freo have dropped tall forward Josh Treacy and Michael Walters returns from injury. The veteran has been named among the emergencies.

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