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  • St Kilda vs Fremantle Dockers tips for Sunday's match AFL Round 1 match (05:40 GMT)
  • The Dockers start with a visit to Marvel Stadium
  • Can Fremantle exploit St Kilda's under sized forward line
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St Kilda vs Fremantle Dockers Predictions


It's the second coming for St Kilda coach Ross Lyon, but a long injury list which will test their overall game plan. Fremantle have some good new inclusions and the Dockers can hit the season running. 
  • St Kilda vs Fremantle Dockers Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • St Kilda Form
  • St Kilda Team News
  • St Kilda Team List
  • Fremantle Dockers Form
  • Fremantle Dockers Team News
  • Fremantle Dockers Team List

Fremantle looks stronger across each line and St Kilda will endeavour to make it a scrap to stay in the game. The Dockers should be able to hold the lead throughout the majority of the game. 

  • St Kilda lost their 8 of their last 11 games in 2022
  • Fremantle won 15 matches in 2022 while St Kilda won 11
  • Fremantle won 4 of their last 5 matches in 2022, losing the semi final to Collingwood

Head to Head


The Dockers defeated The Saints in Round 17 last year at Marvel Stadium. The Saints led at half time, before the Dockers booted clear in the second half, winning 111-70. 

Fremantle forwards Nat Fyfe and Michael Frederick kicked three goals each and Andrew Brayshaw racked up 36 disposals in that game.

St Kilda and Fremantle have both won five games from the last 10 meetings

St Kilda Form


The Saints won eight from 11 games in the first half of 2022, then threw away a great start to the year, winning only won three of their last 11 games to finish in 10th position.

In Round 23, St Kilda were competitive against grand finalists Sydney Swans, losing 88-74. The Saints kicked four goals to two in the final term to draw closer to the Swans at the final siren.

The Saints lost their practice match to Melbourne Demons 105-46. 

St Kilda Team News


St Kilda have injury woes with Max King, Jack Billings and Tim Membrey just a few to mention who are missing for the early part of the season.

The Saints have included newcomers Zaine Cordy, Liam Stocker, Mattaes Phillipou and Anthony Caminiti to their extended list for Sunday's game.

St Kilda Team List


B: C. Wilkie, D. Howard, J. Battle
HB: L. Stocker, J. Sinclair, N. Wanganeen- Milera
C: M. Wood, J. Steele, R. Byrnes
HF: J. Higgins, B. Hill, M. Owens
F:   Z. Cordy, J. Gresham, D. Butler
FOLL: R. Marshall, B. Crouch, H. Clark
I/C: J. Webster, M. Windhager, C. Sharman, J. Bytel, B. Paton, M. Phillipou, T. Campbell, A. Caminiti

Fremantle Dockers Form


Fremantle won four of their last five matches in 2022, but were no match for Collingwood in the semi-final losing 79-59.

Fremantle played Marvel Stadium well last year, producing three wins, one loss and a draw from five games there.

In their pre-season game, Freo lost to the Adelaide Crows 77-66 with Fyfe and Jackson both impressing

Fremantle Dockers Team News


Fremantle have a fit list and have brought in Luke Jackson, Jaeger O'Meara and Matthew Johnson who is on the extended bench.

Nat Fyfe up forward will be the big watch for Freo

Fremantle Dockers Team List


B: J. Clark , A. Pearce, L. Ryan
HB: B. Cox, H. Young , H. Chapman 
C:   E. Hughes, W. Brodie,  J. Aish
HF: M. Frederick, L. Jackson, J. O'Meara 
F: L. Schultz, N. Fyfe, S. Switkowski 
FOLL: S. Darcy, A. Brayshaw, C. Serong 
I/C:  J. Treacy, S. Sturt, N. Wilson, B. Walker, M. Taberner , B. Banfield, L. Henry, M. Johnson

Verdict

I am tipping the Dockers to have control of the game from the outset and they look clear cut winners.
St Kilda will have to put time into Andrew Brayshaw as he has dominated in their past two meetings.

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