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AFL Finals Week 1: Your Comprehensive Football Preview

06 September, 2023

The AFL finals have arrived, and it promises to be an action-packed week of footy with four thrilling matches spread across three days. It all kicks off with a colossal showdown between Collingwood and Melbourne at the MCG. To ensure you’re well-informed, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the games, including news, tips, odds, results, reactions, and video highlights

Collingwood vs. Melbourne

Thursday, September 7

  • Collingwood vs. Melbourne, MCG, 7.20pm (AEST)

Team News:

  • Collingwood star Nick Daicos won’t make an early return and is eyeing a comeback in week two of the finals if needed.
  • Key defenders Darcy Moore and Nathan Murphy, along with pressure forward Beau McCreery, are set to play, posing a selection challenge for coach Craig McRae.
  • Melbourne forward Bayley Fritsch is expected to play despite some soreness, while Jake Melksham is out with an ACL injury, creating a gap in the forward line to be filled by Brodie Grundy or Tom McDonald.

Carlton vs. Sydney

Friday, September 8

  • Carlton vs. Sydney, MCG, 7.50pm (AEST)

Team News:

  • Blake Acres has been cleared of serious damage, and skipper Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty are set to return for Carlton.
  • Jack Silvagni will miss due to a knee injury, but Matt Kennedy could be in contention.
  • For the Swans, Tom Papley is expected to be fit after a hamstring issue, along with Justin McInerney (calf).

St Kilda vs. GWS

Saturday, September 9

  • St Kilda vs. GWS, MCG, 3.20pm (AEST)

Team News:

  • GWS hopes key defender Sam Taylor has recovered from a hamstring strain.
  • Toby Bedford will miss due to a rough conduct charge.
  • St Kilda’s Dougal Howard (wrist) and Josh Battle (concussion protocols) are uncertain for the elimination final.

Brisbane vs. Port Adelaide

Stay tuned for a week of intense AFL action, and enjoy every moment of the finals series!

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