AFL News: What have we learned from the season so far as we head into round 6? It seems that Sydney is far better than we had ever thought and maybe Hawthorn is not. Grand finalists Collingwood and Geelong are slowly working their way up the ladder after average starts. West Coast is looking like grand final material if they can withstand any more injuries, as is Carlton. The middle of the road teams will no doubt sort themselves out over the next 10 weeks.
Western Bulldogs V Friday night at Etihad
It's hard to make a strong case for the Western Bulldogs to beat Collingwood. The Pies won an enthralling encounter with Essendon last week on Anzac day and maybe it was that win that will put them on the road to recovery. The Bulldogs have not been a very impressive so far and it is expected that they will struggle to beat Collingwood. To further strengthen the Magpies’ case there will be a return from injury by some star players such as Thomas, Didak, Reid and Shaw.
Collingwood by 36
Essendon V Brisbane Lions Etihad Saturday
The Bombers have started the season well with only one loss in the first 5 rounds and that by just a solitary point. The Lions are going along okay but they have suffered a couple of heavy losses. There's nothing to say that Brisbane can't win this game but I'm still going for Essendon. The Bombers will also enjoy a return of some injured players.
Essendon by 21
Geelong V Melbourne at the Symons stadium Saturday
In my wildest dreams of upsets I cannot for the life of me see Melbourne defeating Geelong. The Demons may be improving, they may even be getting closer to understanding and putting into practice the new game plan, but they are at least 10 goals away from even getting close to the Cats. Dare we remember the last time Geelong played Melbourne and the Demons were beaten by 186 points resulting in the demise of Melbourne coach Dean Bailey?
Geelong by 66
Gold Coast V Fremantle at Metricon Saturday
Common sense tells me that the Fremantle Dockers will win this game. But there is a nagging little bug nibbling away at my sensibilities and it's telling me that the game might be a little closer than a walkover. But I'm not listening to that bug so Fremantle will still win even without Aaron Sandilands in the side. The Suns will miss Gary Ablett again this week so maybe the Dockers can rest Ryan Crowley from any more negative Twitters. Fremantle's answer to the lack of goals they are kicking is to offer Travis Cloke of Collingwood a million dollars to join them! It might work too.
Fremantle by 29
St Kilda V Hawthorn at the MCG Saturday night
The Hawks are facing a lot of criticism after their defeat by Sydney last week. Accusatory comments suggesting that they stopped trying and didn't put up a fight will be ringing in their ears when they take the field against St Kilda at the MCG. The Saints will meet Hawthorn in a mean mood. Expect this game to be fairly tight but also expect Hawthorn to get back on the winning track. Buddy was held goalless last week but then again Hawthorn was almost held goalless after half-time.
Hawthorn by 20
Sydney V Adelaide at the SCG Saturday night
There is no doubt that the Sydney Swans are the surprise packet of the AFL competition at the moment. In their current form it's hard to pick against them even though the Adelaide Crows are a much
improved team. Expect a flurry of feathers followed by a Swans win. In a show with consistency the Sydney Swans have made no changes to this week's team. Adelaide has made one change by bringing in Porplyzia.
Sydney by 17