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AFL: Race for the eight hots up

The battle to make the top eight hots up on Sunday with Essendon, Adelaide, Geelong and Fremantle all in action on Sunday.

With the rounds ticking away in the AFL, the race to make finals is tight and all four clubs are right in the mix to get there.

Two of them go head-to-head at Marvel Stadium when Essendon entertain Adelaide. It is eighth versus seventh and a massive game for both sides.

Geelong sit ninth on the ladder and have a great opportunity to jump into finals. Nothing other than four points against a struggling North Melbourne will do.

In the final game of the day Fremantle will be hoping to boost their finals hopes against a Carlton side who are some way off finals.

WhatEssendon v Adelaide 
WhereMarvel Stadium, Melbourne
When15:20 (AEST) Sunday 9th July, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsEssendon 1.82, Adelaide 2.00

Essendon have seen their top-eight hopes suffer with back-to-back defeats and they need a response against Adelaide.

The Bombers can however take heart from the fact they ran Port Adelaide very close last week. Indeed it took an after-the-siren goal by Port to take the win.

It could be another close game on Sunday afternoon and Essendon are priced at 6.00 to win by 1-12 points.

Adelaide have been hit and miss in recent weeks, winning one and then losing one, but they have a chance to string back-to-back wins together.

The Crows do most of their damage on home soil at the Adelaide Oval, so a trip to Marvel Stadium will be a tough test.

Taylor Walker will be key to their chances of getting the job done. The forward is averaging 3.3 goals per game so far this season and is priced at 8.50 to boot the first.

WhatGeelong v North Melbourne
WhereGMHBA Stadium, Melbourne
When13:10 (AEST) Sunday 9th July, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsGeelong 1.06, North Melbourne 9.50

Geelong fought out a rare draw with Sydney at the SCG last week, but it is wins they need at this time of year.

The Cats have shown flashes of the kind of form that won them the 2022 premiership and they put Melbourne to the sword the week before.

A victory over a North Melbourne side that have won just two games all season, and lost the last 13 on the bounce, is a must.

The Kangaroos have conceded over 100 points in each of the last five games and went down 138-72 against the Crows last week.

Geelong can be backed at 4.00 to win by 73+ points.

WhatFremantle v Carlton
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When16:40 (AEST) Sunday 9th July, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsFremantle 1.78, Carlton 2.05

Fremantle are on the outskirts of finals in 11th spot, and just two wins in the last three games have not helped their chances.

Consistency has been an issue for the Dockers. Beating the likes of Melbourne and Essendon, but then slipping up against the Bulldogs, GWS and Richmond.

Carlton on the other hand have won the last two games against Hawthorn and Gold Coast Suns, scoring 112 and 120 points in the process.

The wins, and the manner of them, could have given their confidence a boost heading over to Optus Stadium, where they did win in 2021.

Indeed Carlton have won two of the last three games against Fremantle.

Charlie Curnow, playing his 100th game, will again be a huge threat, and is priced at 6.50 to kick the first goal.

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