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AFL: Carlton set for Saints test

Sunday is shaping up to be an exciting day of action in the AFL, with four of the top eight teams, including Brisbane and Melbourne, in action.

Melbourne should cement their place in the top four when they take on a struggling North Melbourne side in the opening game, which will take place in Tasmania.

Third-placed Brisbane will have it harder when they travel over to the west to take on Fremantle at Optus Stadium in the final game of the day, and round.

Sandwiched in between we have what could be the game of the day when sixth-placed St Kilda entertain a Carlton side that are currently flying and have jumped up to eighth on the ladder.

The race to make the eight is tight and every game between now and the end of the regular season is massive.

Demons out to pile on the points

WhatNorth Melbourne v Melbourne
WhereBlundstone Arena, Tasmania
When13:10 (AEST) Sunday 6th August, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNorth Melbourne 8.00, Melbourne 1.08

Melbourne have won the last three derby games with ease and all the signs are it will be no different on Sunday afternoon.

The Demons head into the game on the back of four wins and sit pretty in fourth on the ladder, while the Kangaroos have lost 15 on the bounce.

They had a good chance to pick up just their third win of the season against West Coast last week, but lost by five points.

Melbourne have seen off top sides Richmond, Adelaide, Brisbane and St Kilda in the last four weeks and are peaking at the right time.

Simon Goodwin’s men beat North by 90 points in the reverse fixture back in April, and are priced at 4.75 to beat them by 73+ points at the MCG this time.

Carlton flying high

WhatSt Kilda v Carlton 
WhereMarvel Stadium, Melbourne
When15:20 (AEST) Sunday 6th August, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsSt Kilda 2.30, Carlton 1.62

Two in-form sides go head-to-head at Marvel Stadium and all lovers of AFL could be in for a treat.

It is Carlton who are on a real roll after winning their last five games on the spin to push them into the top eight.

But it is also the quality of the opposition they have knocked over that really catches the eye. They beat Collingwood by 17 points last week and Port Adelaide by 50 a couple of weeks before.

Charlie Curnow continues to shine having booted 67 goals this season and is priced at 5.50 to kick the first on Sunday.

St Kilda have been a bit hit and miss and have struggled against tough opposition. They lost back-to-back games against Gold Coast and Melbourne.

They have bounced back with wins over lesser opposition, Hawthorn and North Melbourne, but Carlton will be a much tougher test.

Saints can be backed at 5.50 to edge it by 1-12 points.

Lions target top two

WhatFremantle v Brisbane
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When16:40 (AEST) Sunday 6th August, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsFremantle 2.55, Brisbane 1.52

Brisbane still have their eyes on finishing the season in second spot and need a win in the west to keep the pressure on Port Adelaide.

The Lions slipped up when losing by 41 points to the Gold Coast last week and need to bounce back. The last time they headed to Optus in 2022 they lost by 14.

Fremantle saw their finals hopes disappear with a horror run of form that saw them lose four games on the spin. Included in that were heavy home losses to Sydney and Carlton.

However they showed what they can do when winning by seven points away at Geelong last weekend.

Caleb Serong, who averages 30.6 disposals a game for Freo, will be key to the outcome of the game. He can be backed at 1.87 to produce 30+ again on Sunday.

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