AFL W2W4, Round 13: Can the Tigers solve their scoring woes?

It's the second of the bye rounds but there's still plenty of intrigue ahead, starting with Thursday night's Adelaide-Richmond clash which could go a long way to deciding potential top-four or even top-eight finishes.

Here's What To Watch For in Round 13.

Can the Tigers kick a winning score?

The Tigers have failed to kick 10 goals in their past two games and all eyes will be on their forward line this Thursday night to see if they can reverse the form line and challenge the Crows at Adelaide Oval.

There's no doubt with Jack Riewoldt missing, the pressure has been ratcheted up on star recruit Tom Lynch. The former Sun was huge in the early part of the season, kicking 16 goals in the first four games, but since then has trailed off with just 10 majors from his next eight outings.

Add in the fact Richmond's fleet of small forwards have been very hit and miss this year, and it's little wonder they are struggling to score. Last week against Geelong, the quintet of Dan Butler, Jason Castagna, Daniel Riloi, Josh Caddy and Jack Higgins combined for just two goals. That's nowhere near good enough.

Meanwhile, in the past five weeks, Adelaide has had no such issue. The Crows are averaging 85 points per game and regularly kicking winning scores as they push for a top-four finish.

If the Tigers are to get over the line this week, they will need a far greater return from their smalls. Not only will they need to hit the scoreboard, but they must get back to applying the sort of pressure which took them to the 2017 premiership.

If Adelaide's skilled halfbacks are allowed to walk the ball out of defence then it could be a long night for the yellow and black.

Are Freo and Port battling for a spot in September?

They're both coming off the bye. They're both sitting on six wins and five losses and their percentage is almost identical.

To say both Fremantle and Port Adelaide would love a win on Saturday afternoon is the understatement of the year, and it's not unreasonable to say this match-up has huge finals implications despite it being played in Round 13.

The Dockers are still riding high after a massive upset victory over the Pies at the MCG in Round 11, while Port have been in recovery mode after yet another bountiful trip to Shanghai where they wiped the floor with St Kilda.

Freo will start slim favourites due to the home ground factor; when facing each other, these teams have been strong at home, with the last away team win coming back in Round 1, 2015.

The stage is set for a huge midfield battle with Port's Travis Boak in arguably career-best form this year while Nat Fyfe is leading Fremantle to a surprisingly good season.

A loss for either side could be disastrous with a chasing pack of four sides just one win behind. However, the winner will keep in touch with the Crows, Lions and Tigers in finals contention. Do. Not. Miss. This. Game.

Can North set up an unlikely finals run?

Usually when a club and its coach part ways mid-year it's an indication of a trainwreck-style season unfolding.

Incredibly, however, North Melbourne could be on track to play finals despite the departure of Brad Scott ahead of their Round 10 clash against the Bulldogs - they are only one game plus percentage out of the eight and have a reasonable run home.

Wouldn't it be incredible if caretaker coach Rhyce Shaw picked the Roos off the canvas and got them into September? It's not that much of a stretch, especially if his team can get the job done against GWS at Blundstone Arena on Sunday.

The Roos will be underdogs against one of the premiership fancies but they don't lose many games in the league's most southern of venues - they boast a 74 percent strike rate at the venue and last year smashed GWS by 43 points at their Hobart fortress.

The Giants will be smarting after their late lapse against the Crows last week and they must keep winning to secure an all-important top-four berth. The loss of Shaun Higgins (AC joint) will make North's task all the tougher, although GWS are still missing the likes of Lachie Whitfield, Nick Haynes, Callan Ward and possibly Toby Greene.

Victory for North Melbourne might prove crucial in their run home. This game and their next -- Collingwood at Marvel Stadium in Round 15 -- are toughies but after that, their draw opens up with games against St Kilda, Essendon, Brisbane and West Coast in the following month.

If they can snatch a win against either the Giants or Magpies, they should be on track for one of the most unlikely finals runs in recent memory.