Nick Maxwell: Round 13 preview

June 22, 2012, 2:53 am



ROUND THIRTEEN

ROUND THIRTEEN

SYDNEY v GEELONG
What a game we have to start the round! Goodes and McGlynn return for the Swans while the Cats get back key forward in Podsiadly. The Cats have an excellent record in Sydney and both teams should be fresh coming off the bye to make this one a tight contest.

KEY MATCH UP
Taylor v Goodes

Given the dual Brownlow medallist is playing his first game for a long time I’d expect him to play a lot of game time forward. Taylor could be the man.

TIP - Sydney

WESTERN BULLDOGS v BRISBANE
The Dogs ran away from the Power last week but face a Brisbane team that regain Black and McGrath. The home ground advantage should be a big help.

KEY MATCH UP
Redden v Picken

Redden was tagged by Shiels last week and looks the most likely target for Picken who can always be relied upon to shut down one of the opposition’s premium midfielders.

TIP - Brisbane

COLLINGWOOD v WEST COAST
Both teams lead the competition on points (with the Crows) so it’s your old ‘top of the table clash!’ The Eagles beat the Blues at home last week while the ‘Pies come off the bye. This game is important to both teams’ top 4 ambitions.

KEY MATCH UP
Cox/Natanui v Jolly/Dawes

You could almost put the Eagles’ rucks in as the key match up every week really! Their influence on games is crucial to any team winning the 4 points so the ‘Pies need a good game from their two rucks.

TIP - Collingwood

FREMANTLE v ESSENDON
This one is big for the Dockers. A loss will see them start to fall behind the top 8 while a win will see them jump 4 points clear of some other finals’ contenders. Losing Sandilands, Ballantyne and Hill won’t help their cause. The Bombers will be well rested after the bye and should continue their great start to the season.

KEY MATCH UP
Crowley v Watson

Watson is the key to the Dons. He has averaged 30 touches and 8 clearances per week and needs to be subdued if the Dockers are to get the points.

TIP - Essendon

MELBOURNE v GWS
The Scully cup? It should be interesting. I think he’ll get a bit more attention than he is expecting, but I do think it will be a great game. The GWS youngsters have been impressive, but having seen the Dees just last week, I think they’ll be too strong.

KEY MATCH UP
Edwards v Howe

Howe already has some nominations for mark of the year and is a contested marking machine! Edwards could be a match up given he is quite tall and has enough speed to go with him.

TIP - Melbourne

NORTH MELBOURNE v ADELAIDE
The Kangaroos must win to stay in touch with the top 8 while the Crows are looking to go top of the table. Both teams received a scare last week, getting home in close encounters in games they were expected to win.

KEY MATCH UP
Van Berlo v Swallow

The Adelaide skipper plays his 150th game, and may well spend it trying to stop his North Melbourne counterpart. Swallow is averaging 26 possessions per game and is crucial to the ‘Roos winning chances.

TIP - Adelaide

BYES- CARLTON, GOLD COAST, HAWTHORN, PORT ADELAIDE, RICHMOND, ST KILDA