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Last updated: 25 Apr 2024
Ryan Tucker 25 Apr 2024
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  • Port Adelaide vs St Kilda expert predictions for Friday’s AFL game
  • Port Adelaide and St Kilda both looking to bounce back after heavy defeats last week
  • Port leads Saints in head-to-head clashes, winning 12 out of the last 13 matches
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Travis Boak is expected to return for the Power (Getty Images)

Port Adelaide vs St Kilda Tips


Port Adelaide need a response to last week's hammering and I'm backing them to produce it. St Kilda were also beaten by 40+ points and I think Power are the ones to back here at home in Adelaide.
  • Port Adelaide vs St Kilda Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Port Adelaide Form
  • Port Adelaide Team News
  • St Kilda Form 
  • St Kilda Team News

The Game Total is set high in this game, but neither should concede as much defensively this week and keep the total Under.

  • Port Adelaide have won 5 of the last 6 games against St Kilda including 4 in a row
  • Port are 2nd in the AFL in Inside 50’s with an average of 58.7 per game
  • St Kilda average only 50.3 forward entries per game ranking them at 13th in the league
  • 4 of the last 5 games between these teams have gone Under the Game Total

Head to Head 


Port Adelaide hold a commanding Head to Head record in recent years over St Kilda. Since 2012 these teams have played 13 times with Port winning 12 including the last 4 in a row. 

St Kilda’s last win came in round 8 of the 2020 season.

4 of the last 5 games have finished with Winning Margins of between 1-39 points. The Game Total last year went Over but prior to that went Under for 4 straight games.

Port Adelaide Form



Port Adelaide got out to a great start last game against Collingwood leading 39-8 until late in the 1st quarter. It was then pretty much all downhill from there with Collingwood going on to kick 13 goals to 4 up until the 3rd quarter break. 

The score could have been even more had the Pies been able to kick straight with 21 behinds in the game adding to their 17 goals.

Port couldn’t get their hands on the ball being outpossessed by Collingwood 364-301 in the game. The Power had only 47 Inside 50’s compared to their season average of 58.7 entries per game.

Port Adelaide Team News


The early prognosis is that Travis Boak will return to the team after missing the past two weeks with a back injury. 

Tom Scully will test his calf closer to game day whilst long lay-offs are expected for Quinton Narkle and Trent McKenzie.

St Kilda Form 


St Kilda never led in their game against the Bulldogs last weekend having only 19 scoring shots in the match, the same number of Goals their opposition scored. 

It was the biggest loss for the Saints this season and the first time they have allowed an opponent to score over 80 points in a game.

The Doggies had 16 (12.8) Centre Clearances compared to the Saints 9 (10.8) in a telling statistic compared to season averages. St Kilda took only 4 Contested Marks in the game compared to the Bulldogs 15.

St Kilda Team News


The Injury list is long at the Saints but it is starting to thin out. The early prognosis is that Dan Butler will miss up to a month with a hamstring strain. 

Max King will need to test his fitness to be cleared to play with Paddy Dow expected to line up this weekend without any complaints. James Van Es is a game time test as is Lance Collard.

Verdict

Port Adelaide’s attack and ball movement should be too good for St Kilda. I'm backing the Power to bounce back with a 1-39 Little Win margin and for the Game Total to stay Under.
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