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Aussie Rules: Swans face Pies in huge Sunday showdown

The battle to finish in the top four hots up on Sunday with a huge game between the Sydney Swans and Collingwood, while Richmond need a win over Hawthorn to consolidate their place in the top eight.

Round 22 of the AFL wraps up with three games and there is a lot on the line for three of the clubs involved.

The clash between the Swans and Collingwood is huge. A place in the top two is still up for grabs, while they also have to be careful to not slip out of the top four.

Geelong are out in front but then there is hardly anything separating the next five teams – Brisbane, Collingwood, Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle.

It is shaping up to be a very exciting final round of the home and away season next week and we will have a better idea of where everyone will finish once Sunday is done.

Meanwhile the Richmond Tigers are also looking good to hold on to eighth spot at worst after St Kilda lost to Brisbane on Friday night.

A win over Hawthorn on Sunday will guarantee their place in finals and could even see them jump over Carlton.

The final game on Sunday is a dead-rubber in effect but do not tell either Essendon or Port Adelaide that as both sides look to finish the season strongly.

Three games and lots to look forward to so let’s take a closer look at each match-up.

What: Richmond v Hawthorn
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: 13:10 (AEST) Sunday 14th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Richmond 7/25, Hawthorn 11/4 

Richmond looked to be in big danger of missing out on finals after throwing away far too many games when in a winning position.

However they have since bounced back to win the last two games against Port Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions. Another win against the Hawks will mean they are guaranteed to be playing September and who knows how far they can go.

The Tigers are boosted by the return of Shane Edwards.

It will not be easy though against a Hawthorn side that are making great progress under first-year coach Sam Mitchell.

The Hawks have won four out of the last five games and although the top eight is out of reach they could jump up a few spots with a couple more wins.

Liam Shiels comes in the for Hawks as they seek revenge on the 23-point defeat earlier this season.

What: Sydney Swans v Collingwood
Where: SCG, Sydney
When: 15:20 (AEST) Sunday 14th August 2022
How to watch: 7mate, Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Sydney 19/50, Collingwood 21/10

It does not get much bigger at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday afternoon as these two sides go in search of premiership glory.

The Swans have won the last five games on the spin and are peaking at just the right time. Collingwood will be their biggest test in the last few weeks though and they need the win to bolster their top-four chances.

They could even be in with a shout of the top two if they win the last two games. The Swans sit just four points behind the Pies and there is all to play for.

Collingwood have won the last 11 games and made a huge statement when they beat the reigning premiers Melbourne last week.

Many are suggesting the bubble will burst at any time, but there is no sign of that so far. They will be keen to ensure it doesn’t against the Swans or Carlton in round 23 next week.

There are no late changes for either side and the game has all the makings of a classic so strap yourself in for this one.

What: Essendon v Port Adelaide
Where: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
When: 16:40 (AEST) Sunday 14th August 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Essendon 3/4, Port Adelaide 11/10

Essendon have been showing signs of revival of late but slipped back into some old, bad habits when they lost to Greater Western Sydney last week.

They have won three out of the last five though and will be keen to return to winning ways against the Power at Marvel Stadium.
They slipped to a 16-point defeat against Port in Adelaide back in May and will also be keen to take out revenge on Ken Hinkley’s men.

Dylan Shiel, Jye Caldwell and Nick Bryan are included with James Stewart and Will Snelling out injured.

Port are ending the season how they started it, with a string of defeats. They have now lost the last four games and it has been a horror season for the Power in what could be Hinkley’s last campaign in charge.

Mitch Georgiades and Todd Marshall return to the Port squad.

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