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Aussie Rules: Fremantle face crunch GWS clash

Fremantle are set for a must-win clash against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday as they look to force their way into the top four, while Geelong and Richmond are also in action on a bumper day of AFL action.

It is the final round of the AFL home and away season and there is still plenty to play for with places in the top four still up for grabs.

One of the sides hoping to boost their chances of going on to win the flag is Fremantle and the Dockers need to pick up all four points against GWS at Manuka Oval.

Elsewhere minor premiers Geelong are out to extend their winning run ahead of the finals campaign with a victory over the struggling West Coast Eagles.

Richmond Tigers have secured their place in the top eight already, but again they will be keen to build momentum heading into September.

Elsewhere North Melbourne will be attempting to avoid the wooden spoon. The Kangaroos need a win to have any chance of leapfrogging over West Coast.

Both Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows have had miserable seasons but one of them will go out on a high by winning ‘the showdown’ derby clash at the Adelaide Oval.

Plenty to look forward to on another super Saturday so let’s take a closer look at each game.

What: Greater Western Sydney v Fremantle
Where: Manuka Oval, ACT
When: 13:45 (AEST) Saturday 20th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: GWS 33/20, Fremantle 12/25

Fremantle have to pick up a win and then hope that results elsewhere go their way if they are to have a chance of making the top four.

The Dockers won by 34 points when the two sides met earlier in the season and could do with the same again. They have won the last two games and have picked up some big wins away from Perth this season.

GWS have had a season to forget as they sit 16th on the ladder with just six wins all season. They did beat Essendon a couple of weeks ago and will be keen to go out on a high.

What: North Melbourne v Gold Coast Suns
Where: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
When: 14:10 (AEST) Saturday 20th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Melbourne 5/2, Suns 31/100

The Kangaroos have won just two games all season and need to find their third if they are to have any chance of avoiding the wooden spoon.

They did beat Richmond Tigers in mid July but have since reverted to type and lost the last four games on the bounce.

The Gold Coast Suns are also in poor form after winning just one of the last five games. That ended all hopes of making the top eight and playing finals. The Suns won by 62 points earlier in the season.

What: Geelong v West Coast Eagles
Where: GMHBA Stadium, Melbourne
When: 16:35 (AEST) Saturday 20th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Geelong 1/66, Eagles 16/1 

Two sides with hugely contrasting fortunes this season as Geelong have marched to the minor premiership and are now the hot fancies to win the grand final.

West Coast on the other hand have slumped down the ladder and have won just two games all season. All eyes are now on 2023 to see how they can rebound.

Geelong will be looking to make it 13 wins on the bounce to keep the good times rolling before they head into finals.

What: Essendon v Richmond Tigers
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: 19:25 (AEST) Saturday 20th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Essendon 47/20, Richmond 1/3

Essendon picked up some big wins and looked to be back on track following a disappointing season, but have since reverted to type.

The Bombers have lost three of the last four including an 84-point mauling against Port Adelaide last start and the knives are out once again for coach Ben Rutten.

Richmond are hitting form at just the right time after winning the last three games to secure their place in the top eight. They sit seventh and cannot jump any higher but will still be keen to keep the good vibes rolling ahead of finals.

What: Port Adelaide v Adelaide Crows
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 19:30 (AEST) Saturday 20th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Port 9/25, Crows 11/5

A great way to end a disappointing season for both sides. Pride and bragging rights are at stake in the showdown at the Adelaide Oval.

The Crows won the derby by four points earlier in the season and this could be just as close.

Port should be feeling good after smashing Essendon by 84 points last week, while the Crows have hit some form for once this season when winning the last three games.

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