Geelong v GWS at GMHBA Stadium
Fri 4 May 7:50pm AEST
Definition of an eight point game with two sides hoping to make it deep into September. The Cats will be looking to pounce on an injured GWS side. Recycled pick-ups Dylan Buckley (ex-Carlton) and Lachlan Keefe (ex-Collingwood) will make their debuts for the Giants. Stewart Crameri will play his first game for the Cats while Scott Selwood and Zac Smith return to the side.
Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast at Mars Stadium
Sat 5 May 1:45pm AEST
The Suns will have to leave the subtropical Gold Coast to do battle on the icy goldfields in Ballarat against the young Dogs. Three captains are out with injury, the Bulldogs losing Easton Wood (replaced by Lewis Young) and the Suns sans Tom Lynch and Steven May. Gold Coast will be debuting two 2017 draftees in Charlie Ballard and Brayden Crossley.
Essendon v Hawthorn at the MCG
Sat 5 May 2:10pm AEST
Hawthorn regain James Sicily and Liam Shiels for this classic Saturday arvo match up at the G. Essendon will welcome the return of Conor McKenna from suspension and hope big bodies Tom Bellchambers and David Myers can improve their midfield.
West Coast v Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium
Sat 5 May 2:35pm AWST
Second plays sixth over in Perth. Chad Wingard is out with a hamstring but Port with Paddy Ryder back from injury represents a big challenge to the Eagles going six straight. Jasper Pittard is also back in the Power line-up while Jackson Nelson and Mark Hutchings replace injured Eagles Lewis Jetta and Dom Sheed.
Adelaide v Carlton at Adelaide Oval
Sat 5 May 7:10pm ACST
The Blues will have to give this one all they’ve got to stop a blowout at on the Crows’ home turf. Matthew Kreuzer is back from injury which should help give their mids first use. Jarrod Garlett and Nick Graham are also in for the Blues. The Crows will be without captain Tex Walker but Eddie Betts is a big in. Jake Kelly and Darcy Fogarty also return the Crows.
Sydney v North Melbourne at the SCG
Sat 5 May 7:25pm AEST
Can the Kangaroos keep the 2018 dream alive? Top four quality side Sydney at the SCG will be their toughest opponent yet. Shaun Higgins is back from concussion, Mason Wood will play his first game of the year and defender Sam Wright is in for his first game in over 700 days. Swans replace Daniel Robinson with Dean Towers but are still without superstars Dan Hannebery and Lance Franklin.
Richmond v Fremantle at the MCG
Sun 6 May 1:10pm AEST
Richmond will look to continue the amazing form they have carried over from last year’s Grand Final but this young Dockers side can’t be underestimated. Electric mid-forward Michael Walters is out with a knee injury. Dropped Tiger Brandon Ellis is named on the extended bench.
St Kilda v Melbourne at Etihad Stadium
Sun 6 May 3:20pm AEST
Inside the Etihad Stadium cauldron on Sunday the Dees will try to build on their win over Essendon last weekend. The Saints have recorded only one victory for the year and won’t want to be dropping their heads so early in the season. Blake Acres is out (managed) for St Kilda while 2017 draftee Ben Paton will hope to make his debut. Christian Salem will miss with a broken thumb but the Dees welcome back Christian Petracca.
Brisbane v Collingwood at the Gabba
Sun 6 May 4:40pm AEST
Charlie Cameron says he thinks the Pies short turnarounds since the ANZAC Day game will leave them vulnerable. The Lions though will have to be at their best to back up that claim as the Pies are making their set-up work this year. Brandon Sier and Sam McClarty from Collingwood and former The Recruit winner Matt Eagles for the Lions are three potential debutants this Sunday.