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AFL Round 17 Sunday preview

Completely overlooked this in my inbox on Thursday, so sorry, you've missed most of the games. But there are still three left for Sunday.

As always, content courtesy of @AFLRatings.

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AFL Round 17 Sunday games preview by AFLRatings.com.au via @AFLRatings

Western Bulldogs 9-6 v Collingwood 8-7

The Bulldogs appeared to be quite fatigued in a loss to Geelong last week, clearly it was one of their poorer games of the season with a distinct inability to create running opportunities though the middle of the ground. Collingwood were lit up by the Bulldogs in the pre-season with this game style and will be coached accordingly this week to defend against it. The Bulldogs have scored only 71.3pts FOR from their last 4 games & Collingwood are without their 2 leading goal scorers this season, this could provide a low scoring game at Etihad Stadium. The Magpies have lost 4 straight games whilst being highly competitive against quality teams, there is every chance it could be 5 straight losses.

Melbourne 5-10 v St Kilda 5-10

This could be painful, games involving the Demons this year are starting to be very difficult viewing. Not a game punters should be heavily invested in anyway as the turnovers will drive you nutty, if the Saints can get an early break in the game it might start to open the scoring otherwise expect a low scoring game at the MCG on Sunday afternoon. Melbourne has scored 60pts from each of its last 3 games whilst the Saints have been hit & miss scoring fewer than 80pts in 7 of 15 games this season. There is nothing tangible to throw at you for this game, toss of a coin and cross your fingers maybe even click your heels.

West Coast 12-3 v Sydney 11-4

The Eagles have finally changed opinion of many punters & bookies as they are very short favourites against Sydney in the last game of Round 17, West Coast are ranking highly in most categories that deliver success in the AFL and a win over Sydney this week locks in a Top 4 spot with genuine possibilities to finish Top 2 & a Home Final in week 1. The Eagles are again hit by injuries to their defence, this may provide an opportunity for Franklin to turn it on if the Swans can break through the middle of the ground quick enough to get him the ball. The Eagles have been great this year, but there are no guarantees against a Sydney team coming off an embarrassing loss last week.

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