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AFL: Demons look to bounce back against GWS

There are three games to wrap up week 16 of the AFL on Sunday, with Melbourne looking to keep the pressure on at the top when they face Greater Western Sydney.

Port Adelaide and Collingwood sit in the top two, while Melbourne slipped to third place following Brisbane’s emphatic win over Richmond on Thursday night.

The Demons can go back level with the Lions by beating GWS on Sunday, so it is a huge game for Simon Goodwin’s side.

Elsewhere, St Kilda will be out to consolidate their place in the top six with a win over West Coast at Optus Stadium, while Hawthorn and Carlton also clash at the MCG.

Giants set to test Demons

WhatMelbourne v Greater Western Sydney
WhereTIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs
When15:20 (AEST), Sunday 2nd July 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsMelbourne 1.40, Greater Western Sydney 3.00

Melbourne take on Greater Western Sydney in the Northern Territory on Sunday and will take heart from the fact they have won four out of the last five games played in the top end of Australia.

There are concerns about Melbourne’s scoring record against the top defences this season and there was proof of that against Geelong last week.

They slipped to a 78-63 defeat and there is work to do in the forward 50.

GWS look to be a team on the up after winning three of their last four games and, with Josh Kelly back to his best in midfield, progress is being made.

The Giants smashed Fremantle by 70 points before the bye and should still be on a high as they head to the Northern Territory.

GWS ace Toby Greene and Melbourne’s Bayley Fritsch have been in great form recently, consistently kicking goals, week in, week out and are priced at 1.06 and 1.10 respectively to score anytime on Sunday.

Kelly could also keep his impressive form going and can be backed at 1.36 to notch 25+ disposals in the game.

Hawks looking to close the gap

WhatHawthorn v Carlton
WhereMCG, Melbourne
When13:10 (AEST), Sunday 2nd July 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsHawthorn 3.25, Carlton 1.35

Hawthorn are one place and six points below Carlton on the ladder and will be out to close the gap on the Blues at the MCG.

The Hawks have been showing signs of improvement with three wins in the last five games, but will be disappointed with a heavy 67-point loss against the Suns on the Gold Coast last week.

Coach Sam Mitchell will be demanding a response from his side and we could be in for a close game.

The last time these two sides met in 2022, Carlton won by one point, and the Blues can be backed at 6.00 to win by 1-12 points on Sunday.

Carlton smashed the Gold Coast Suns by 59 points before the bye, with Charlie Curnow kicking another two goals to take his tally for the season to 42.

He can be backed at 5.50 to kick the first of the game against Hawthorn.

Eagles still firmly grounded

WhatWest Coast v St Kilda
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When16:40 (AEST), Sunday 2nd July 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsWest Coast 11.00, St Kilda 1.04

West Coast plumbed new depths when suffering a humiliating 205-34 loss against Sydney last weekend and somehow need to find a response.

Coach Adam Simpson still has the backing of the powers that be and looks set to see the season out at the very least.

The Eagles have won just one game all season and there are few, if any, positives to take from it.

In some ways there is pressure on St Kilda to get the job done in the west as the Eagles should be there for the taking.

Ross Lyon’s men also need a lift as well after losing the last two games against Brisbane and Richmond.

They can be backed at 3.40 to win by 73+ points.

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