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Read our AFLW expert tips and analysis for every game in this season of the 2023/24 premiership season with Betfair’s Darren Parkin. Includes game summaries, AFLW expert tips and best Back and Lay bets for every round.
MATCH PREVIEW | GOLD COAST VS ESSENDON
The winner of this game plays finals. The loser also might, but it would be nervous wait on other results across the weekend.
The Suns were strong at home last week and the Bombers bounced back successfully against Carlton after their shock loss to the Eagles a week earlier.
Final selection will be pivotal with Essendon set to welcome back Cain and Gee to boost their stocks whilst the Suns Charlie Rowbottom will need until the final minutes to confirm her fitness.
Essendon might just find the right balance to sneak home here.
MATCH PREVIEW | WESTERN BULLDOGS VS NORTH MELBOURNE
The Dogs finally broke through last week against the Eagles, but the chances of a double to finish the season are slim.
North Melbourne have now lost to each of the remaining sides in the top 4, but last week's showing v Adelaide was the most encouraging of the lot.
They will be too strong and will enter the finals with a momentum booster.
MATCH PREVIEW | PORT ADELAIDE VS GWS
The focus of this match will be all about Erin Phillips. The retiring champion will forever be remembered as a pioneer of the competition's early years, and one of the first superstars of the AFLW.
The Giants have probably looked more capable throughout the season, but Port's home showing v the Suns a fortnight ago and the emotion around Phillips should see them finish on a high.
MATCH PREVIEW | GEELONG VS HAWTHORN
Geelong have steadily improved as the season has gone on, but their scoring troubles do always make them vulnerable.
Hawthorn's wins over Port Adelaide and Sydney in the past few weeks gives them encouragement, but the Cats have everything to play for with a top 8 spot on the line.
With all on the line, they should do enough at home against their arch rivals, but Hawthorn would expect to cover the line.
MATCH PREVIEW | WEST COAST VS ADELAIDE
The Eagles fell back to earth last week after the stunning win over the Bombers at Windy Hill in Round 8.
Adelaide won a potential Grand Final preview against the Kangaroos in one of the game's of the year.
This is a box ticker for the Crows who will win big and march into the finals on the hunt for yet another flag.
MATCH PREVIEW | BRISBANE VS MELBOURNE
This clash is both a Grand Final rematch and potentially a Grand Final preview.
Melbourne keep on winning and will be looking for the psychological edge over one of their flag rivals.
Brisbane suffered a poor loss on the road last week against the Saints in a match they never looked like winning.
Having defeated both North Melbourne and Adelaide already this season, a victory over the last remaining top four side would be a huge boost.
Melbourne feel the more reliable play, but the odds are skewed too heavily. Lions with a handicap seems the play.
MATCH PREVIEW | CARLTON VS ST.KILDA
If the Saints win this, and either Gold Coast, Sydney or Geelong get beaten, they will play finals for the first time in their history.
They have won 5 of their last 6 and the form line is heading in the opposite direction to Carlton who have lost their last three.
With Wardlaw dominating and the midfield in good form the Saints should take care of part one of the equation, and hope someone else does a favour for them along the way.
MATCH PREVIEW | COLLINGWOOD VS RICHMOND
A blockbuster of sorts between a couple of old rivals at Victoria Park.
Collingwood's solid month of form hit a snag last week against the improving Swans, whilst the Tigers horror run of injuries has got the best of them this season.
The Pies are another side that has to win in order to be a chance for finals, and the Tigers list of outs is too extensive for them to challenge in this one.
MATCH PREVIEW | FREMANTLE VS SYDNEY
Sydney are more than likely going to have to win their final match of the season to hold onto their spot in the 8, and the prospect of them playing finals is a remarkable credit.
After a tough initiation last season they have improved out of sight, with last week's win over Collingwood their best performance of the campaign.
Fremantle have battled injuries and inconsistency but have still been hard to beat in the West.
Their effort at home a fortnight ago against the Saints tips the ledger slightly their way here.