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Fremantle Dockers v St Kilda Saints Match Preview and Predictions - The Dockers have the edge at home

Rippa Staff 11 May 2018
  • Preview and predictions for the Round 8 clash between the Dockers and the Saints

The Fremantle Dockers host the St Kilda Saints at Optus Stadium on Saturday, May 12 at 8:10pm (AEST). This is the last of six games on a busy Saturday in the AFL. 

All the action can be seen live on Channel 7 and Fox Footy from 8:00pm. 

Match Preview 


The Fremantle Dockers have had a promising start to 2018. They were 3-3 after Round 6 before travelling to Melbourne to play Richmond on the MCG. The Dockers hadn’t played on the G’ for almost a full 12 months, with their last game on the hallowed turf bringing a memorable after the siren victory against the Tigers back in Round 8, 2017. 

Things didn’t go as well on Sunday Afternoon, with the Dockers getting demolished. The Tigers dominated from the outset. They had 18 scoring shots to 4 in the first half, building a 44-point half time lead. The Dockers did show some fight in the third quarter, kicking the only three goals of the term, but that momentum was short-lived as the Tigers kicked 8.4 to 0.1 in the final quarter, recording a 77-point victory. 

As we look ahead, I’m not demoting the Dockers for that effort against Richmond. The Tigers are clearly the best team in the competition and play their best footy at the MCG. Interstate teams who only play at the MCG once or twice a year, will get that treatment against the Tigers.

The Dockers are 3-1 at Optus Stadium, with their only loss coming against neighbouring rivals West Coast Eagles. The Dockers have looked good at home, scoring dominant victories over the Suns, Bombers and Bulldogs. 

I don’t think anyone anticipated the Saints finishing the first seven rounds of the 2018 AFL season with only one victory. That victory came at home, against the Brisbane Lions in Round 1. There effort in a 39-point loss against Melbourne was simply inexcusable. Alan Richardson has spoken openly on his weekly visits to AFL360, saying on Monday Night “It’s hard to know what the game plan is when you’re not executing it.” 

Team News 


St Kilda will be missing Paddy McCartin for at least this weeks clash against Fremantle after he suffered two headclashes that resulted in whiplash. A timeline for McCartin isn’t clear, but many are assuming it will be at least 2-3 weeks. 

Stats


St Kilda’s horror run in front of goal continued against Melbourne on Sunday. The Saints kicked 9.13 on the weekend and have now kicked a combined 45.78 in their last six matches. 

The Saints have had the wood over the Dockers in their last five matches dating back to 2013. The Saints have won four of the last five contests, however, It is important to note that four of those five matches have been at Etihad Stadium. 

Prediction and Tips 


Last week was a must-win game for the St Kilda football club, and their 39-point loss to Melbourne is as demoralizing as it gets. The Saints came into 2018 with a finals or bust mentality and they look anything but a finals team so far. The Dockers are playing extremely well at Optus Stadium and are being led by Nat Fyfe who has recaptured his Brownlow Medal winning form. The Dockers should be winning. 


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