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Aussie Rules: Crows no walk in the park for Cats

There are five games to look forward to in the AFL on Saturday and Geelong against Adelaide has to be the most eagerly anticipated.

Geelong have recovered from a shaky start to climb the ladder, while the Crows have arguably been the surprise package of the season so far. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top on Saturday.

It is Richmond and West Coast who get the action underway in the early game, while Gold Coast entertain Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney take on Western Bulldogs.

To wrap up the action on Saturday, Fremantle take on Hawthorn at Optus Stadium. Both sides are struggling for wins this season and will be desperate to get one here.

It is a bumper day of action, so let’s take a closer look at the match-ups.

Geelong out for five in a row

WhatGeelong v Adelaide
WhereGMHBA Stadium, Melbourne
When14:10 (AEST), Saturday 6th April 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsGeelong 1.19, Adelaide 4.80

Geelong got the season off to a shaky start when losing their opening three games, clearly still suffering a hangover from their grand final success in 2022.

However, they are now back on track following four wins on the bounce and will be out to make it number five on Saturday.

The Cats have crushed Sydney and Essendon in the last two games and will be looking to inflict the same kind of damage on the Crows.

In the past this fixture may have been seen as a sure thing for Geelong, but not anymore as Adelaide are a formidable outfit this season.

The Crows have lost just one game in the last five, and that was a one-point defeat against the might of Collingwood at the weekend.

Adelaide will be unchanged for the game, but the Cats will be without Sam De Koning, Jack Bowes and Gary Rohan. However, Zach Tuohy has overcome a back problem and can play.

Win crucial for strugglers

WhatRichmond v West Coast
WhereMCG, Melbourne
When13:45 (AEST), Saturday 6th April 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsRichmond 1.08, West Coast 8.00

Richmond had high hopes heading into the new season, but have only managed one win and a draw so far and are languishing in 16th on the ladder.

West Coast also have just the one win to sit at the very bottom of the ladder, as they continue where they left off in 2022.

The Eagles have had a nightmare on the injury front, but do welcome back Dom Sheed, while Dion Prestia and Jack Graham are back for the Tigers.

Demons to test Suns' upturn

WhatGold Coast v Melbourne
WhereHeritage Bank Stadium, Queensland
When16:35 (AEST), Saturday 6th April 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsGold Coast 3.25, Melbourne 1.35

Melbourne are 5-2 for the season and are one of a number of clubs who lie joint-second on the ladder with 20 points.

Both of their defeats have come on the road this season and they will be out to change that against a Suns outfit that have hit some form.

Stuart Dew’s men have won their last two against North Melbourne and Richmond, but will face a sterner test on Saturday afternoon.

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Bulldogs aim to bite Giants

WhatGreater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs
WhereManuka Oval, ACT
When19:25 (AEST), Saturday 6th April 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsGreater Western Sydney 2.45, Western Bulldogs 1.56

GWS are 12th on the ladder with a 3-4 record, while the Bulldogs are 4-3 and just above them, so this game is big for both sides' finals hopes.

The Giants have won just the one game on home soil this season, while the Bulldogs have won two on the road and will be confident of making it three.

Fremantle in need of a victory

WhatFremantle v Hawthorn
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When19:30 (AEST), Saturday 6th April 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsFremantle 1.33, Hawthorn 3.35

Fremantle were expected to be in finals again this year, but following a poor start they have just the two wins so far.

The Dockers have won just once at home this season and will be glad to welcome back the inspirational Nat Fyfe.

The Hawks have won just one game so far this season, but the last three defeats have been close and Sam Mitchell will like a lot of what he has seen as the rebuild continues.

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