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AFL Round 5 Fixtures and Preview - Nine huge games in store across ANZAC weekend

Adam Cusworth 17 Apr 2017
  • Round 5 commences with Port Adelaide and Carlton clash
  • Can the Tigers make it five from five?
  • ANZAC Day on a Tuesday this year for Bombers and Magpies blockbuster

Round 5 of the AFL season shapes as another beauty with the nine games stretched over a five day period and begins with the Port Adelaide and Carlton encounter on Friday night , April 21.  

After dropping their previous two matches, the Power will be looking to get their season back on track when they host the Blues at the Adelaide Oval and head in as strong favourite’s for the clash that gets underway at 7.50pm AEST. 

Ken Hinkley's side surprised many with their early season form, winning their opening two games before just been outclassed by Adelaide and GWS in the past two weeks. 

They have been posted as $1.16 favourite’s with CrownBet and are expected to knock over the Brendan Bolton-coached Carlton side, who sit with a win-loss record of 1-3 after the first four weeks. 

On Saturday, there are four games in store and the action gets underway at 1.45PM when the Western Bulldogs take on the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium. 

The Bulldogs come off a thrilling three point win over North Melbourne last Friday and are expected to register another win, this time against the Lions, who were no match for Richmond in Round 3. 

Following this encounter, the action heads north for what should be an interesting game at Metricon Stadium, where the Gold Coast Suns take on the Adelaide Crows. 

After two excellent weeks, the Suns are not without a chance against the Crows, who are the current flag favourites after impressively winning all four of their matches thus far. 

On Saturday night, the competition's two Sydney based sides; Sydney and GWS go at it at the SCG. The Giants have had the upper hand on their rivals the last couple of times they have met and head in as $1.50 fancies against the Swans, who are yet to register a win in 2017. 

Another side that remain winless this year is North Melbourne and the Kangaroos feature in the second Saturday night game when they travel to Perth to take on Fremantle. 

However, the Roos have been very competitive so far and were unlucky not to escape with the points against last year's premiers, the Western Bulldogs in Round 4. This should be a close one. 

On Sunday there are two games and it is St Kilda that host the Geelong Cats at Etihad Stadium, while across town at the MCG, Hawthorn face their combatants from the 2015 Grand Final, the West Coast Eagles. 

The action returns to the MCG on Monday night when Richmond play Melbourne in the ANZAC Eve clash. The Tigers have made their best start to a season since 1995 and will be aiming to make it five from five against a Demons outfit that have dropped their past two and need to stay in touch. 

On Tuesday, the footy world will pay tribute to the ANZAC's with what is always one of the major highlights of the football calendar when the Essendon Bombers take on Collingwood in the traditional ANZAC Day blockbuster. 

The 2017 version shapes as an even clash between the two sides. Collingwood are under the pump after dropping their Round 4 encounter to St Kilda but despite having won one less game than the Bombers this year, the Pies have been posted as slight favourites for this one. 

ROUND 5 FIXTURES (All times are AEST)

Friday April 21

Port Adelaide v Carlton, Adelaide Oval (7.50pm)

Saturday April 22

Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions, Etihad Stadium (1.45pm)

Gold Coast Suns v Adelaide, Metricon Stadium (4.35pm)

Sydney Swans v GWS Giants, SCG (7.25pm)

Fremantle v North Melbourne, Subiaco Oval (7.40pm)

Sunday April 23

St Kilda v Geelong, Etihad Stadium (3.20pm)

Hawthorn v West Coast Eagles, MCG (4.40pm)

Monday April 24

Richmond v Melbourne, MCG (7.25pm)

Tuesday April 25

Essendon v Collingwood, MCG (3.20pm)

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