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AFL Round 9 Fixtures - Can the Cats, Crows and Tigers snap their losing streaks?

Adam Cusworth 15 May 2017
  • Geelong take on the Western Bulldogs at the revamped Simonds Stadium on Friday night
  • Collingwood and Hawthorn clash at the MCG in a must win game for both sides
  • Adelaide set to bounce back to winners list

Round 9 of the AFL season gets underway with what shapes as a must win game for both Geelong and the Western Bulldogs on Friday night, May 19, at Simonds Stadium. 

The two sides are very evenly poised on the AFL ladder with both having won five of their eight games but the Bulldogs head in as favourites against the Cats, who will be looking to snap a three game losing streak. 

The game is the first at Simonds Stadium this year after the Geelong venue was redeveloped to increase its capacity and the result may shape the end of year top four prospects for both sides. 

On Saturday, there are four games in store for the day and the action begins at 1.45 when St Kilda play host to the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium. 

After a slow start to the year, the Saints have really begun to switch into gear by winning their past three games and they face a Swans outfit that have bounced back after a shocking start to the year. 

Following this encoutner, the GWS Giants take on Richmond at Spotless Stadium and the task at hand appears tough for the Tigers, who went down with the last kick of the day against Fremantle last weekend. 

Damien Hardwick's side have now dropped three in a row and take on the Giants for the first time since 2016 when they went down to the expansion club in embarrassing fashion by 88 points. 

Following this clash, the action heads north to Queensland and the Adelaide Crows will be looking to bounce back after dropping their past two games. The ladder leaders take on the Brisbane Lions at the GABBA and are expected to account for a disappointing Lions outfit that have won just one game this season. 

In Melbourne, one of the big matches of the round will be played out at the MCG when Collingwood take on Hawthorn. The Magpies come off a nail biting loss at the hands of GWS in Round 8 and have won just two of their eight games for the year. 

Despite the win-loss record, Nathan Buckley's side will be hard to beat for the Hawks, who have begun to show glimpses of form by winning three of their past four. Little separates the two sides in the early betting and this should be a close one.

On Sunday there are three games to close out the round and it is Essendon and the West Coast Eagles that kick off proceedings at Etihad Stadium at 1.10PM. The long-suffering Bombers fans have had plenty to cheer about in 2017 with their side winning four games. The Dons come off a 17-point win over Geelong in the 'Country Game'. 

Their opponents, West Coast, have won six from eight but their two losses have come in Melbourne and the Bombers are well and truly in the hunt. 

Across town at the MCG, the Melbourne Demons take on North Melbourne, while in the last match of the weekend, Fremantle play host to Carlton at Domain Stadium. 

The schedule for Round 9 is listed below. All times are in AEST and bracketed prices are head to head betting odds, courtesy of CrownBet. 

Friday May 19

Geelong ($2) v Western Bulldogs ($1.80), Simonds Stadium (7.50pm)

Saturday May 20

St Kilda ($1.75) v Sydney Swans ($2.05), Etihad Stadium (1.45pm)

GWS Giants ($1.20) v Richmond ($4.50), Spotless Stadium (4.35pm)

Brisbane Lions ($10) v Adelaide ($1.05), Gabba (7.25pm)

Collingwood ($1.77) v Hawthorn ($2.05), MCG (7.25pm)

Sunday May 21

Essendon ($2.45) v West Coast Eagles ($1.55), Etihad Stadium (1.10pm)

Melbourne ($1.45) v North Melbourne ($2.75), MCG (3.20pm)

Fremantle ($1.30) v Carlton ($3.45), Subiaco Oval (4.40pm)

Byes: Gold Coast Suns, Port Adelaide

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