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Aussie Rules: Demons keen to keep the pressure on

Five of the top eight are in action on Saturday and, with three of them sat on 24 points, there could be plenty of chopping and changing at the top of the AFL ladder.

With leaders Collingwood and third-placed St Kilda not in action until Sunday, it does give the teams around them the chance to put some pressure on.

Second-placed Melbourne will see their game against Hawthorn as a must-win, while Brisbane and Port Adelaide need victories over Essendon and North Melbourne respectively.

Sydney and Fremantle get the action underway in the early game, while Carlton and Western Bulldogs wrap up the day.

WhatHawthorn v Melbourne
WhereMCG, Melbourne
When16:30 (AEST), Saturday 13th May 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsHawthorn 7.50, Melbourne 1.09

Melbourne are back in good form after winning their last three games and they need to make it four against a Hawthorn side that have won just once all season.

The Demons have responded well since losing to Essendon in round five and it is important they keep the good run going as it is tight at the top.

They are of course in the familiar surroundings of the MCG, where they remain unbeaten so far this season.

Melbourne have won two of the last three games between the two sides. The other finished in a staggering 79-79 draw back in July 2021.

Bayley Fritsch has also stood out this season with 16 goals and is priced at 6.00 to boot the first on Saturday afternoon.

Hawthorn are rock-bottom of the ladder with their only win of the season coming against North Melbourne.

Sam Mitchell’s side have been involved in a few close encounters though and gave Adelaide a run for their money before losing by three points.

WhatSydney v Fremantle
WhereSCG, Sydney
When13:45 (AEST), Saturday 13th May 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsSydney 1.28, Fremantle 3.75

Sydney and Fremantle get the day underway at the SCG and it is fair to say that both sides will be disappointed with their starts to the season.

Both sit 3-5 and are 11th and 12th on the ladder respectively, two wins away from the top eight and well below where they want to be.

Sydney have lost the last three games and have also slipped to defeat in the last two games at the SCG.

However, Fremantle have lost all three of their games on the road this season and they have lost two of the last three games against the Swans.

WhatNorth Melbourne v Port Adelaide
WhereBlundstone Arena, Tasmania
When14:10 (AEST), Saturday 13th May 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNorth Melbourne 5.25, Port Adelaide 1.17

Port Adelaide are bang in form having won their last five games on the bounce and two of those have been away from the safe haven of the Adelaide Oval.

One of those was a win over high-flying St Kilda and Port find themselves just one win away from the top of the ladder. Nothing other than a victory over the Kangaroos will do.

North Melbourne started amazingly well with two wins in their opening two games, but the wheels have come off since then and they have lost six on the bounce.

They did keep St Kilda to within 30 points in their last outing, but there will need to be a big improvement if they are to get anywhere near the Power on Saturday.

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WhatBrisbane v Essendon
WhereGabba, Brisbane
When19:25 (AEST), Saturday 13th May 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsBrisbane 1.23, Essendon 4.20

Brisbane are shaping up to be genuine premiership contenders again after winning six of their opening eight games.

They have won all their games at the Gabba so far, including a win over Collingwood, while they also knocked over Carlton on their own patch at the weekend.

Confidence will be high and Essendon face a real battle over in Queensland.

Essendon sit 4-4 for the season but it looked a lot better a few weeks ago. The Bombers have since slipped to three defeats on the spin.

It has been a horror run to be fair with Collingwood, Geelong and Port Adelaide the opposition. They have shown they can pull off the surprise win though and another will be needed here.

WhatCarlton v Western Bulldogs
WhereMarvel Stadium, Melbourne
When19:30 (AEST), Saturday 13th May 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsCarlton 1.95, Western Bulldogs 1.87

Carlton and Western Bulldogs are eighth and seventh on the ladder respectively. And even though it is still early days, the game could have a big say regards their finals chances later in the year.

The Bulldogs are the form team of the two having won their last three games, while Carlton have only managed one win in the last four and that was against West Coast.

Carlton have won two of the last three meetings, but that counts for little on current form.

They do have Charlie Curnow though who has booted 31 goals this season and is priced at 5.50 to grab the first on Saturday.

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