Nick Maxwell: Match-ups and tips for round four

April 20, 2012, 1:03 am

ST KILDA v FREMANTLE

Ross Lyon returns to take on his old
side, and both teams are in similar form. The Dockers beat the Lions last week

while the Saints were super impressive against the Dogs.

KEY MATCH UP

Pavlich v Fisher

Fisher often gets the job on the
Fremantle skipper, running with him through the midfield and while

forward.

TIP - St.Kilda

CARLTON v ESSENDON

While these two teams have a long
history, this one may not be as close as usual. Having seen the Blues first
hand last week, they are genuine contenders, particularly after the injuries
that the Bombers have sustained over the last few weeks.

KEY MATCH UP

Murphy v Lonegan

Someone needs to go to Murphy. He
has taken his game to a whole new level in the first few weeks. Lonegan could
be a good match up.

TIP - Carlton

COLLINGWOOD v PORT ADELAIDE

The ‘Pies are coming off a thrashing
at the hands of Carlton and will be looking to atone. The Power are much
improved on last year, and will be looking to take advantage of a Magpie team
that we have yet to see the best of in 2012.

KEY MATCH UP

Beams v Casissi

After losing Luke Ball for the
season, the ‘Pies need someone to step up and play his role. Could Beams be the
man? The Power captain is a hard in and under player who sets the scene for his
team every week.

TIP - Collingwood

ADELAIDE v GWS

The Crows came up short against the
Hawks last week and will this week make a mends. The Giants did well to out
score the Eagles in the last quarter, showing that their young talent is
starting to gel and cope with the rigours of AFL footy.

KEY MATCH UP

Ward v Van Berlo

Ward has led his young Giants well
early in the year, having his best game last week with 36 touches. Expect the
Crows captain to keep him in check.

TIP - Adelaide

WEST COAST v HAWTHORN

What a game this promises to be! Two
of the league’s in form teams and early premiership contenders will do battle,
possibly for Premiership favourtism. While the Eagles defeated the Giants with
ease last week, the Hawks were super impressive against the Crows.

KEY MATCH-UP

Hawks Defenders v Kennedy / Lynch /
Cox / Darling / Natanui

The common opinion in the football
world is that the Hawks’ key defenders are the teams achillies heal. I don’t
buy it. But, if they are ever to be tested by tall forwards it will be this
week, with the Eagles tall timber good in the air and on the lead.

TIP - West Coast

BRISBANE v GOLD COAST

These two teams are quickly
developing a good rivalry, and this one will be another close games. The Lions
have the tough task of retuning from the West, while the Suns almost stole the
4 points against the Bombers.

KEY MATCH UP

Rischitelli v Redden

The Lions have developed two young
guns in Redden and Rockcliff, and rely on them to to get plenty of the ball to
their skipper Jonathon Brown. Rischitelli knows the pair well, and may get the
nod to shut down Redden.

TIP - Gold Coast

GEELONG v RICHMOND

The Cats aren’t used to having to
bounce back after a loss, given they have been the best team in the competition
for the past 5 years. The Tigers got their first win last week against the Dees
and will be confident given the defeated the Cats at home during the NAB cup.

KEY MATCH UP

Martin v Selwood

The Richmond young gun has started
the season a little slower than he would have anticipated, while the Geelong
skipper has been on fire in his first year as captain. Could Dusty curb
Selwood’s influence?

TIP - Geelong

SYDNEY v NORTH MELBOURNE

This game promises to be a beauty!
The Swans are undefeated while the Kangaroos had their best win under Brad
Scott when they defeated the Cats last week. The loss of Adam Goodes at the
tribunal may well be the difference.

KEY MATCH-UP

Thompson v Reid

With no Adam Goodes, Reid will need
to kick a bag to help the Swans get the job done. Thompson often gets the big
jobs.

TIP - North Melbourne

MELBOURNE v WESTERN BULLDOGS

Both teams were well beaten last
week and are still looking for their first win of the season. Both have
been hit by the tribunal with Lake and Grimes both getting a one week ban,
cancelling each other out.

KEY MATCH UP

Boyd v Anyone

Can anyone stop Matty Boyd? The Dogs
skipper has been dominant early in the season, getting is hands on the ball 105
times. He holds the key.

TIP - Western Bulldogs