A most intriguing question hangs over whether Geelong can remain in top place on the AFL ladder.
After winning 11 of their first 12 matches the Cats have lost four of their last seven games including three of the last five.
Following Geelong’s capitulation against Fremantle at Optus Stadium in Round 20 coach Chris Scott admitted he would like his side to be “playing better”.
“We know we are now in a scrap to retain top spot, but we are not panicking,” said Scott.
However, while stars Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett and captain Joel Selwood are not playing near their absolute peak Geelong should still win the minor premiership.
With three rounds remaining the Cats, the West Coast and Brisbane each have a record of 14 wins and five losses.
But with a percentage of 130.5 against West Coast’s 117.3 and Brisbane 116.5 the Cats virtually have another win to their credit.
They also have an ideal opportunity to work on improving the team’s cohesion when they meet North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday night.
Then comes a clash with Brisbane at the Gabba on August 17 and a final encounter with the Blues, again at GMHBA Stadium, in the final round.
The Eagles host Adelaide at Optus Stadium this week then meet Richmond, which will be a marquee game, before finishing up against Hawthorn at home.
Brisbane should have a percentage boosting win against the Gold Coast at the Gabba this week before meeting Geelong and Richmond so the last two rounds are going to be testing for the Lions.
Last Week: 5
2019 Total: 100
GWS Giants by 23pts
Collingwood by 16pts
Port Adelaide by 32pts
Brisbane Lions by 43pts
Western Bulldogs by 10pts
Geelong by 29pts
St. Kilda by 10pts
Richmond by 21pts
West Coast by 27pts