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AFL ROUND 11

FREMANTLE DOCKERS VS HAWTHORN HAWKS

MONDAY AUGUST 10, 6.40 PM, OPTUS STADIUM, PERTH

Fremantle stunned the AFL world last Monday night when they stole a win from the embattled Magpies, by 12 and have since enjoyed what will be a full week off at home, which is golden in these Covid-19 related conditions.  Hawthorn too enjoyed time off in Perth following an impressive 31-point victory against Carlton, and can move to within a half a win of the 8, if they get the result they want in this match.  Fremantle’s season while not over, is a lot harder to see improving to the required rate for them to be labelled as contenders for the top 8, but are certainly a spoiling type team who can upset better opponents on their day.  Stormy conditions are predicted for this clash, though both sides are doubtless accustomed to battling in the middle, and will need their basic skills to be sharp to succeed.

Hawthorne have been dealt a blow with veteran Burgoyne ruled out injured, and are replacing him with Conor Nash, who will start from the bench, which is where Burgyone was situated for their last game before the bye in round 10.  Nash has 19 games under his belt for Hawthorn, a large Irishman, who turned down a Rugby career, preferring to sign with the Hawks in 2016, and debuting in 2018.  Fremantle have two changes, one forced by injury, the other a selection as Matera has gone down hurt and Watson was not included in the side.  Former Lion and Magpie, James Aish makes just his 9th appearance for Fremantle, starting on the Halfback flank, while fellow veteran Stephen Hill returns on the other flank across Halfback for his 207th match for the Dockers.

Fremantle, whom Hawthorn beat in the 2013 Grand Final, have had a torrid time trying to defeat the Hawks, with just 8 wins in the 36 matches between the sides.  It was no different in 2019, when the Hawks defeated them in round 17, by 29, mostly thanks to a fine defensive effort in the first term where they allowed just 3 behinds.  Hawthorn are slight $1.80 favourites for this clash at the splendid Optus stadium, while the Dockers are $2.02, with a measly 2.5-point margin prediction.  This one is sure to be a tight battle, with neither team likely to appear in the Finals, as they have both been fairly poor, but a run of wins could change that, in this season anything is possible.

PREDICTION: Hawthorn to continue their dominance over the Dockers by about 10.

BETTING TIP: The 1-39 margin markets are where the value is for this one again, with Hawthorn @$2 and the Dockers at $2.20.