Is the top 4 set?

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juss

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Carlton are far from "set" as a top 4 team. I think the top 3 will be top 3 at the end of the year though.
 

WillHayward

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I don't expect Carlton to finish fourth. Sydney take that spot by the end of the season for mine.
Nah.
We really aren't that good to be honest.

I think the top 4 is set

Fair gap to fifth and the rest.

Cats will win enough at home to be 5th.
 

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BringFevBack2021

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Top 3 definitely set, 4th is an interesting one.

Front runners are Geelong IMO, followed by Sydney and Carlton.

The 8 on the other hand is pretty well set, Saints and Richmond probably the most vulnerable with Collingwood and Port real outside chances.

Doggies I would’ve said are a chance but the injuries they now have are likely a bridge too far.

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter a whole lot as Melbourne are quite clearly the best team. Brisbane and Freo are quite clearly 2nd and 3rd too.
 

Juddernaut08

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if i had to put money, id back cats and swans before blues

our gameplan is still in progress

cats are seasoned and have double ups against the feeder clubs

swans probably closer to us
 

Deathly

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Do Freo have the easiest draw in the league?

Leading into the season you could have said that sure but after 8 rounds we've beaten 2x current Top 8 teams alongside Melbourne. We've also won all games interstate with a young side. Not much else we can do. Personally I don't think we'll finish Top 4 but the "easy draw" argument towards us is so short-sighted. No captain all year either & a few rounds affected by COVID outs.
 

cactuscall

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Do Freo have the easiest draw in the league?
Earned their spot so far. Winning while other supposedly contending teams drop games to Port and Gold Coast. Geelong losing at home to an easy team like Freo was bad too. If those Freo wins (which by any definition were not "easy") v Carlton and Geelong are losses they're just another team jostling around in the 8. Hopefully had their only covid hit out the way and have some big tests to come.
 

branedotorg

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Leading into the season you could have said that sure but after 8 rounds we've beaten 2x current Top 8 teams alongside Melbourne. We've also won all games interstate with a young side. Not much else we can do. Personally I don't think we'll finish Top 4 but the "easy draw" argument towards us is so short-sighted. No captain all year either & a few rounds affected by COVID outs.
Deserve to be there, enjoy the ride
 

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we're a bit shaky at 4th i think. our defence is our weakness and our ruck stocks don't inspire much confidence. we need to boss the midfield to paper over those cracks in the side. still, pretty happy to be in the 8 at this stage.
 

Cripps 'n' Blue Bloods

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We've beaten the 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2008, 2004, 1999, 1998, 1997 and 1996 premiers so far this year and the 2021 winners if we include all 2022 games.
The only two teams we've lost to have never won flags...
Make of that what you will. Personally I think it's interesting and funny but ultimately means nothing.
Has anyone seen my lid?
 
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RonnieRaven

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Freo is a lock our best player and captain hasn’t even played a game this year!
Would dees be undefeated without Gawn so far.
Would blues be in the 4 without Cripps?
Fyfe is the same age as Gawn
2 mvps 2 Brownlows and his so ******* thirsty to drink out that cup!
 

LeverPuller

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Geelong. Extremely soft fixture from here, only 5 games out of 14 against top 8 sides and only 2 of those against top 4. Even if they drop 3 of those they still go 16-6 which is top 4 right there, they’ll be the strongest non-top 4 side in donkeys on W/L if they miss from there. Will have huge percentage with another North game and 2x WC to come as well.

Whether they deserve it is another thing, huge risk for straight sets if they do.
 

largebus

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Our last 12 games is probably the toughest of everyone, having to play Melbourne and Brisbane twice, as well as Carlton, St Kilda and Richmond away.
I think we'll make top 6 but top 4 is hardly a lock-in.
 

Sky

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There’s no easy away games this year except eagles and Roos and I think unlike a lot of teams you have both twice!
I don’t think we’re a chance for a flag but even I think I would’ve pencilled in 4 wins against those two sides for us with or without the Eagles issues.

Don’t know about Optus Stadium but I reckon that other than both WA clubs, only Geelong has a positive W/L rate at the previous ground suggesting they don’t shit the bed in Perth often.

Freo have us covered for sure long term list wise although if the game the other day went on another minute I’m not so sure they would’ve held on
 

RonnieRaven

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I don’t think we’re a chance for a flag but even I think I would’ve pencilled in 4 wins against those two sides for us with or without the Eagles issues.

Don’t know about Optus Stadium but I reckon that other than both WA clubs, only Geelong has a positive W/L rate at the previous ground suggesting they don’t shit the bed in Perth often.

Freo have us covered for sure long term list wise although if the game the other day went on another minute I’m not so sure they would’ve held on
And if we had our captain our best and fairest and our leading goal kicker playing im sure we would of put in a better performance.
In a tight year percentage will decide a few places you may of won but eagles an Roos are not afl standard this year.
Over half our 23 had played Less then 50 games yet won by 13 goals against the Roos!
 

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