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AFL: Brisbane Lions fight to hold on to second spot

Brisbane and St Kilda will be involved in a huge clash on Saturday as the Lions look to lock in a top-two spot, while Saints need to make sure of finishing in the top eight.

It is of course the last week of the regular season and there will be plenty of tension all over the AFL as there are places in finals still up for grabs.

The Western Bulldogs have slim hopes of making the top eight and will need GWS to slip up for them to have any chance, but first they must beat Geelong.

In the other games on Saturday, Hawthorn face Fremantle, North Melbourne play Gold Coast Suns and West Coast entertain Adelaide.

WhatBrisbane v St Kilda
WhereThe Gabba, Brisbane
When16:35 (AEST), Saturday 26th August 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsBrisbane 1.22, St Kilda 4.35

Depending on how Collingwood go against Essendon on Friday night, the Lions could still be in with a chance of winning the minor premiership.

But whatever happens with the Pies, Brisbane need to hold on to second spot on the ladder to guarantee two home finals.

So, they need to beat St Kilda to ensure that Port Adelaide cannot finish above themselves

Brisbane have won the three meetings between the two sides, but St Kilda are a different animal this season and have won four out of the last five to climb to sixth on the ladder.

Brisbane won by 28 points earlier in the season and can be backed at 5.00 to win by 25-36 on this occasion as well.

WhatHawthorn v Fremantle
WhereMCG, Melbourne
When13:45 (AEST), Saturday 26th August 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsHawthorn 1.60, Fremantle 2.35

Two sides with nothing to play for but pride and the pair will be keen to finish the season on a high.

Both have struggled for form of late, winning just two out of the last five, and we could be in for a tight game at the MCG.

Fremantle won by 69 points at Optus Stadium in May, and the Hawks will be out for revenge.

Luke Breust has kicked 45 goals this season and the Hawthorn ace is 8.00 to boot the first of the game.

WhatNorth Melbourne v Gold Coast
WhereBlundstone Arena, Tasmania
When20:00 (AEST), Saturday 26th August 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNorth Melbourne 3.50, Gold Coast 1.31

North Melbourne slipped to the bottom of the ladder last week as West Coat won, and the wooden spoon is now heading their way.

They have lost 20 games on the spin and will be happy to see the back of another long, hard season.

Gold Coast have not been much better, winning just one in the last five to sit 15thon the ladder.

They did beat the Kangaroos by 43 points earlier in the season and are 6.00 to win by 1-12 on this occasion.

WhatGeelong v Western Bulldogs
WhereGMHBA Stadium, Melbourne
When19:25 (AEST), Saturday 26th August 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsGeelong 2.10, Western Bulldogs 1.75

Geelong have seen their premiership defence come to an end after failing to make the top eight, but will want to go out on a high.

The Bulldogs still have a slim chance of making the eight and must beat the Cats then hope results above them go their way.

Geelong have won just one game in the last five, the Bulldogs two in five, so it is tough to call which way this game will go.

WhatWest Coast v Adelaide
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When20:10 (AEST), Saturday 26th August 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsWest Coast 5.25, Adelaide 1.17

West Coast pulled off a huge shock last week when beating the Bulldogs by seven points on their own patch.

Now they return to Perth and will be out to inflict the same pain on to a Crows side that have missed out on the eight.

Adelaide have won just two in the last five and that cost them a shot at the top eight. They still have Taylor Walker who has booted 67 goals this season.

The key forward can be backed at 5.50 to boot the first on Saturday.

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