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Aussie Rules: Demons eye return to winning ways

Saturday is shaping up to be an exciting day of action in the AFL, with Melbourne, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs and Geelong all in action.

Going into week 11, it is Collingwood who sit top of the pile with a four-point gap over the chasing pack. 

Just four points then separate the Brisbane Lions in second place and the Bulldogs down in sixth. It means that Saturday’s games are massive and the likes of Melbourne need to win to keep the pressure on at the top. 

They cannot afford any slip ups. St Kilda and Melbourne are both on home soil against Hawthorn and Fremantle respectively, while the Bulldogs travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Suns. 

Geelong need to bounce back when they entertain GWS, while Essendon will be looking to pile more misery on West Coast in Perth.

Inconsistent St Kilda host Hawks

WhatSt Kilda v Hawthorn
WhereMarvel Stadium, Melbourne
When13:45 (AEST) Saturday 27th May, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsSt Kilda 1.23, Hawthorn 4.20

St Kilda continue to win one and lose one, and following a narrow victory at GWS last week they will be out to go back-to-back against the Hawks. 

Hawthorn have had a poor start to the season when winning just two games and losing eight. However their second win of the campaign did come on Sunday when they smashed West Coast 142-26. 

St Kilda have been in fine form at home this season when winning three out of four, while Hawthorn have yet to win on the road.

Melbourne eyeing response

WhatMelbourne v Fremantle 
WhereMCG, Melbourne
When14:10 (AEST) Saturday 27th May, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsMelbourne 1.33, Fremantle 3.35

Melbourne had been in great form when winning four games on the bounce before slipping to a four-point loss against Port Adelaide last weekend. 

Fremantle are also flying after winning the last three games on the spin, and all of a sudden they are looking more like the team that played finals in 2022. 

This will be the biggest test yet for the Dockers, but they can take heart from the fact they beat the Demons 94-56 in the same fixture in 2022. Melbourne are undefeated on home soil this season.

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Geelong need to stop the rot

WhatGeelong v Greater Western Sydney
WhereGMHBA Stadium, Melbourne
When16:35 (AEST) Saturday 27th May, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsGeelong 1.11, Greater Western Sydney 6.50

Geelong’s recent revival has hit a stumbling block following back-to-back defeats against Fremantle and Richmond Tigers. 

On both occasions they conceded over 100 points and were away from home. At least they are back on home soil against the Giants with the game taking place at GMHBA Stadium. 

The Cats have won both of their games at the venue this season. GWS have won just three games this season, and one in the last five games. That came against Sydney at the SCG as they won by just one point.

Bulldogs on the charge

WhatGold Coast v Western Bulldogs 
WhereTIO Stadium, Darwin
When19:25 (AEST) Saturday 27th May, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsGold Coast 2.55, Western Bulldogs 1.52

Gold Coast Suns have been in decent form when winning three of the last five games, and the two defeats did come against high-flying Brisbane and Melbourne. 

The fact this game is being played in Darwin, means it will feel more like an away game for the Suns, which will not help their cause against an inform Western Bulldogs side. 

The Bulldogs have won the last five games on the spin, three of them away from home, including against Fremantle and Carlton. Luke Beveridge’s side also have a great record against the Suns, winning the last three.

Essendon can add to Eagles' woes

WhatWest Coast v Essendon
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When19:30 (AEST) Saturday 27th May, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsWest Coast 11.00, Essendon 1.04

West Coast are in crisis after winning just one game out of 10 so far this season and the defeat against Hawthorn was particularly alarming. 

The Hawks had not been in great form before they smashed the Eagles 142-26 on Sunday, and the alarm bells are ringing in Perth. 

Essendon have also been in poor form when losing four of the last five games after making a positive start to the season. However that win did come in their last game when they beat Richmond by one point on Saturday.

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