Marsh Community Series Tips and Previews

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The build-up to the 2020 AFL season steps up in gear with the Marsh Community Series pre-season fixtures, and Bettingpro.com.au covers all the action.

All 18 teams will play two games across three weekends of the Community Series as they finalise preparations for the home and away season.

Read our guide to the action set to take place.

WEEK 3

ADELAIDE CROWS v GOLD COAST SUNS
Friday 6 March, 4.50pm at Hickinbotham Oval (Noarlunga)
Adelaide went down to a Christian Petracca inspired Melbourne by 33 points in the opening week of the Marsh Series, while Gold Coast were shock winners over Geelong by 68 points. It would be a massive surprise if that form holds up over the course of the year and the Crows should be much better closer to home in this game

Prediction: Adelaide

HAWTHORN v MELBOURNE
Friday 6 March, 7.40pm at UTAS Stadium (Launceston)
Hawthorn lost their opening game of the Marsh Cup to StKilda by 21 points but there were some positive signs for the brown and gold as Jon Patton booted three goals in his first game for the club. Melbourne will be out to get it right from the start after their disastrous 2019 and can take this one out

Prediction: Melbourne

PORT ADELAIDE v WESTERN BULLDOGS
Saturday 7 March, 4.10pm at Bennett Oval (Whyalla)
Port Adelaide looked good in their 21 point win over Brisbane in week one and head out to Whyalla to take on the Western Bulldogs. The 2016 premiers are tipped to be one of the teams to beat this year. They looked good in their 44 point win over North Melbourne.

Prediction: Western Bulldogs

WEST COAST EAGLES v FREMANTLE
Saturday 7 March, 7.10pm at HBF Arena (Joondalup)
West Coast missed out to Essendon by eight points last weekend but welcome back Elliot Yeo and Andrew Gaff. That pair line up alongside Tim Kelly, who amassed 27 touches in his firs game for the Eagles. Fremantle landed a 47 point victory over a scratchy Carlton line up and can push their local rivals

Prediction: Fremantle

GWS GIANTS v RICHMOND
Sunday 8 March, 12.40pm at Robertson Oval (Wagga Wagga)
GWS were the big winners last weekend, smashing their local rivals, Sydney, by 94 points. They regain a number of players that featured in the State Of Origin game and will be out to perform better than what they did in the Grand Final last year when they were embarrassed by Richmond. The Tigers went down to their local rivals, Collingwood, last weekend by 40 points but were in the contest until three-quarter time and can bounce back with their stars also returning.

Prediction: Richmond

COLLINGWOOD v ST KILDA
Sunday 8 March, 3.50pm at Morwell Recreation Reserve
The Magpies should head in full of confidence after accounting for the premiers last weekend, while new look St Kilda will be out to continue their impressive pre-season. Former Hawthorn premiership player, Bradley Hill, headlines a number of new recruits.

Prediction: Collingwood

CARLTON v BRISBANE LIONS
Sunday 8 March, 6.40pm at Ikon Park
Both sides missed out in their opening games and will be out to get it right before the season starts. Carlton have been at the bottom for a while now and struggled inside forward 50 in their loss to Freo. Brisbane rose from the depths last year but dropped out of the finals in straight sets. Can their latest batch of recruits keep them up there this year?

Prediction: Brisbane

NORTH MELBOURNE v SYDNEY SWANS
Monday 9 March, 1.40pm at Kingston Twin Ovals (Hobart)
Both sides suffered defeats in their first game and it was Sydney’s performance that was particularly concerning, managing just three games in their loss to GWS. The Kangaroos generally perform well in their Hobart assignments and should have the answers in this game.

Prediction: North Melbourne

GEELONG CATS v ESSENDON
Monday 9 March, 4.40pm at Central Reserve (Colac)
The final clash shapes as an interesting one after both sides produced contrasting results in their games. Geelong will no doubt improve off their loss to the Gold Coast, while it will be interesting to see if injury-hit Essendon can back up their sparkling form that saw them beat the Eagles last week

Prediction: Essendon