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AFL Round 6: Fixture, teams, news, tips, odds - everything you need to know for the round of football

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Stay abreast of all the Round 6 AFL fixtures, tips, news, results, reaction and video as they come to hand.

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Giants vs. Bulldogs
Cats vs. Eagles
Suns vs. Swans
Blues vs. Lions
Demons vs. Tigers
Dockers vs. Kangaroos
Hawks vs. Crows
Magpies vs. Bombers
Power vs. Saints


FRIDAY, APRIL 23

GWS vs. Western Bulldogs, Manuka Oval, 7:50pm (AEDT)

Team news: Caleb Daniel will return for the Dogs after serving his one week suspension, as will Laitham Vandermeer after overcoming a back complaint. Zaine Cordy, Stefan Martin and Lin Jong have also been included for Friday night's contest, while Bailey Williams has been ruled out with a collarbone injury. The Giants will once again be without a host of stars, with Stephen Coniglio, Phil Davis, Matt de Boer and Lachie Whitfield all sidelined with long-term injuries. Sam Reid (hamstring) and Shane Mumford (managed) will also miss, with inexperienced ruckman Matt Flynn to regain his spot in the side.

ESPN tip: Bulldogs by 16 points.

TAB odds: Giants $3.20, Bulldogs $1.34


SATURDAY, APRIL 24

Geelong vs. West Coast, GMHBA Stadium, 1:45pm (AEDT)

Team news: He's in! High-profile Cats recruit Jeremy Cameron will suit up for his new club on Saturday, while Mark O'Connor has also been included in the Cats lineup. Star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield will begin an eight-week stint on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to heal the ankle injury sustained last weekend against North Melbourne. The Eagles will once again be without skipper Luke Shuey, Shannon Hurn and Elliott Yeo, while Josh Kennedy won't play after he suffered an ankle injury of his own in last week's win over the Magpies.

ESPN tip: Cats by 9 points.

TAB odds: Cats $1.58, Eagles $2.35

Gold Coast vs. Sydney, Metricon Stadium, 1:45pm (AEST)

Team news: The Swans confirmed Lance Franklin will miss this week, and likely the next two games, with a knee injury. Dane Rampe (broken finger) and Isaac Heeney (broken hand) are also expected to miss this week's clash against the Suns, but could return the following week.

ESPN tip: Swans by 32 points.

TAB odds: Suns $2.30, Swans $1.60

Carlton vs. Brisbane, Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm (AEST)

Team news: Liam Stocker impressed in the VFL last week, picking up 38 disposals, and could earn a call up to Carlton's senior team, particularly after the side's dissapointing loss to Port Adelaide in Round 5. The Lions are close to full strength, with key forward Dan McStay expected to be available for selection this week.

ESPN tip: Lions by 15 points.

TAB odds: Blues $2.20, Lions $1.65

Melbourne vs. Richmond, MCG, 7:25pm (AEST)

Team news: Both Ben Brown (knee) and Sam Weideman (leg) completed their returns in the VFL and could possibly line up for the Demons in Saturday night's blockbuster clash against the Tigers, though the club has hinted it's more likely one will come in than both. The Demons should also be bolstered by the return of key back Steven May. Meanwhile, Dion Prestia is still one week away from a return for the Tigers.

ESPN tip: Tigers by 12 points.

TAB odds: Demons $2.35, Tigers $1.58

Fremantle vs. North Melbourne, Optus Stadium, 8:15pm (AEST)

Team news: Fremantle's injury list has trimmed down in the past seven days, but key backs Joel Hamling and Alex Pearce are still a few weeks away from a return. The Roos will recall Luke Davies-Uniacke and Cameron Zurhaar, while Trent Dumont (calf) is also a chance to return this week, though he will likely play in the VFL this weekend.

ESPN tip: Dockers by 29 points.

TAB odds: Dockers $1.08, Kangaroos $7.50


SUNDAY, APRIL 25

Hawthorn vs. Adelaide, University of Tasmania Stadium, 12:30pm (AEST)

Team news: Key mids Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch will once again miss, while Taylor Walker will need to prove his fitness after picking up a low-grade calf injury last time out against the Dockers. But Adelaide will unveil their highest-ever draft pick, key forward Riley Thilthorpe. Youngster Sam Berry will make way after injuring himself at training. The Hawks could recall Daniel Howe, who missed last week with a shoulder complaint.

ESPN tip: Hawks by 11 points.

TAB odds: Hawks $1.62, Crows $2.25

Collingwood vs. Essendon, MCG, 3:20pm (AEST)

Team news: Jeremy Howe looks to have avoided tendon damage to his hamstring, but will still be sidelined for a period of time. Jordan De Goey will also miss the Anzac Day clash with concussion, joining the likes of Taylor Adams and Jamie Elliott on the sidelines for the Pies, as well as Mark Keane, who was hit with a one-match suspension for tripping West Coast's Josh Kennedy. The Pies confirmed 19-year-old midfielder Jay Rantall will make his debut. The Bombers have a concussion injury of their own, with star back Jordan Ridley also ruled out of Sunday's game, but they will recall physical ruckman Andrew Phillips, in a bid to quell the influence of Collingwood star Brodie Grundy.

ESPN tip: Magpies by 13 points.

TAB odds: Magpies $1.70, Bombers $2.10

Port Adelaide vs. St Kilda, Adelaide Oval, 6:40pm (AEST)

Team news: Saints ruck Rowan Marshall and Zak Jones are both set to return for the Saints. Port young guns Xavier Duursma and Zak Butters are still a number of weeks away from returning.

ESPN tip: Power by 25 points.

TAB odds: Power $1.22, Saints $4.10