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Aussie Rules: St Kilda look to go four clear

There are four bumper games to look forward to in the AFL on Saturday with St Kilda looking to go clear at the top of the ladder by beating the Gold Coast.

Ross Lyon’s side have won their opening three games of the season and were handed a boost on Thursday night when Collingwood slipped up at Brisbane.

Victory over the Suns will see the Saints move four points clear, and although it is still early days, everyone connected with the club would have taken that at the start of the season.

There are three other games on the agenda, with Adelaide taking on Fremantle in the early game, before Richmond Tigers entertain Western Bulldogs.

To wrap up the day’s action we head to the iconic SCG where the fifth-placed Sydney Swans entertain Port Adelaide.

Four exciting games to look forward to, so with the bounce fast approaching, let’s take a look at the very latest team news from each camp.

What:Adelaide Crows v Fremantle
Where:Adelaide Oval 
When:14:45 (AEST) Saturday 8th April 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:Crows 1.70, Fremantle 2.18

Adelaide started the season with back-to-back defeats but should enter this game on a high after winning the big derby clash against Port Adelaide last week.

The Crows won by an impressive 31 points in ‘The Showdown’ but now need to back it up by getting a win over the Dockers. Fremantle also won their derby last weekend, beating West Coast by 41 points, and like the Crows they sit 1-2 for the season so far.

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Adelaide will be without the suspended Luke Pedlar and Sam Berry, who is rested, so Ned McHenry has been recalled. 

Fremantle are missing injured duo Michael Frederick and Heath Chapman so Bailey Banfield and Brandon Walker have been brought back in.

What:Richmond Tigers v Western Bulldogs
Where:MCG
When:17:35 (AEST) Saturday 8th April 2023
How to watch:Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:Tigers 1.54, Bulldogs  2.50

Richmond will be looking to bounce back from a defeat against Collingwood when they take on the Bulldogs at the MCG. 

However, it will not be easy against a Bulldogs side who should be feeling a lot better about themselves after picking up their first win of the season last week.

After a couple of heavy defeats, the win over Brisbane will lift a weight off the shoulders, and they now need to back it up against the Tigers.

Richmond are handed a huge boost as superstar Dustin Martin returns, along with Jacob Hopper. However, veteran stars Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt are both rested.

The Bulldogs will be without Riley Garcia, who picked up a groin injury in the win over Brisbane.

What:St Kilda v Gold Coast Suns
Where:Marvel Stadium
When:20:30 (AEST) Saturday 8th April 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:St Kilda 1.50, Suns 2.60

St Kilda have got off to a flyer and the fans are starting to dream about premiership success. It has been a long time, and although it is very early, at least the Saints look set for a big season.

A win over the Suns is a must to keep the good times rolling and open up a four-point lead at the top of the ladder. Ross Lyon is expected to stick with a very familiar side as Jimmy Webster is the only player that drops out of last week’s squad with a hand injury.

The Suns showed what they are capable of by beating reigning premiers Geelong last week and will attempt to back it up at Marvel Stadium.

No.6 draft pick Bailey Humphrey is in line to make his senior debut for the Suns, while Mac Andrew is available again.

What:Sydney Swans v Port Adelaide
Where:SCG
When:20:30 (AEST) Saturday 8th April 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:Swans 1.33, Port 3.35

Sydney started the season well with back-to-back wins before suffering a crushing 50-point defeat against Melbourne last week.

Port Adelaide suffered a heavy defeat to Collingwood in round two and were then thrashed by the Adelaide Crows in the big derby clash last week.

Both of these sides need a response and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Home advantage suggests it will be the Swans.

The Swans remain unchanged, but Port coach Ken Hinkley is without the injured Orazio Fantasia and has dropped a host of players.

Darcy Byrne-Jones, Tom Clurey and Riley Bonner have got the chop, with Trent McKenzie, Jackson Mead, Dylan Williams and Jed McEntee coming into the side.

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