AFL Tipping Toolkit: Who finishes where with five rounds to go?

Will Richmond's surge continue? Are the Cats and Magpies sliding? Which South Australian club plays finals?

With five rounds remaining before the end of the home and away season, we've analysed each team's formline and fixture to help you with your tipping.

After assessing the remaining fixtures for each side, below is our final predicted ladder after 23 rounds.

1. Geelong

Current position: 1
Win-Loss: 17-5 (68 points)
Remaining games (wins bolded): Sydney (SCG), Fremantle (Optus Stadium), North Melbourne (GMHBA), Brisbane (GABBA), Carlton (GMHBA)
Tipping analysis:
The Cats have a fairly cruisy run home and should win at least four of their remaining five games. We're predicting they'll drop one against the rising Lions at the GABBA but will almost certainly finish on top of the ladder.

2. Brisbane

Current position: 2
Win-Loss: 16-6
Remaining games (wins bolded): Hawthorn (UTAS Stadium), Western Bulldogs (Gabba), Gold Coast (Gabba), Geelong (Gabba), Richmond (MCG)
Tipping analysis: Could the Lions actually claim the minor premiership? We have them beating the ladder-leading Cats at the Gabba, but it might be too much of a stretch for Brisbane to make up enough ground on Geelong. We have them winning four of their last five with a loss coming in Round 23 to the Tigers.

3. West Coast

Current position: 3
Win-Loss: 16-6
Remaining games (wins bolded): North Melbourne (Optus Stadium), Carlton (Marvel Stadium), Adelaide (Optus Stadium), Richmond (MCG), Hawthorn (Optus Stadium).
Tipping analysis: We're tipping the Eagles to storm home by winning four of their last five matches. The one we have them dropping is at the MCG against Richmond, who look to be in ominous form.

4. Richmond

Current position: 5
Win-Loss: 16-6
Remaining games (wins bolded): Collingwood (MCG), Melbourne (MCG), Carlton (MCG), West Coast (MCG), Brisbane (MCG)
Tipping analysis: It really is a armchair ride into the finals, with Richmond's last five matches set to be played at the 'G. With this in mind, and considering the form they're playing themselves into, they may well win them all, with the Round 23 clash with Brisbane looking like the toughest of the lot.

5. Greater Western Sydney

Current position: 6
Win-Loss: 15-7
Remaining games (wins bolded): Port Adelaide (Adelaide Oval), Sydney (Giants Stadium), Hawthorn (Manuka Oval), Western Bulldogs (Giants Stadium), Gold Coast (Metricon Stadium)
Tipping analysis: Considering how inconsistent the Giants have been this season, who knows how they'll perform. But they do have a relatively soft fixture to end the year, and should finish the year strongly by winning all five remaining matches - though be wary of the up-and-down Power this week at Adelaide Oval.

6. Collingwood

Current position: 4
Win-Loss: 14-8
Remaining games (wins bolded): Richmond (MCG), Gold Coast (MCG), Melbourne (MCG), Adelaide (Adelaide Oval), Essendon (MCG)
Tipping analysis: The Pies really need to find some form heading into finals, and playing the Suns (18th) and Demons (17th) in consecutive weeks might kick them back into gear. Three wins from their last five looks likely, but you could easily flip a loss to Adelaide and a win over Essendon around.

7. Essendon

Current position: 7
Win-Loss: 14-8
Remaining games (wins bolded): Gold Coast (Metricon Stadium), Port Adelaide (Marvel Stadium), Western Bulldogs (Marvel Stadium), Fremantle (Optus Stadium), Collingwood (MCG)
Tipping analysis: Surely it's a return to finals this year for the Bombers, who have a favourable fixture ahead of them. The crucial match -- which could determine where the Bombers finish on the ladder -- is the Round 23 clash with Collingwood. That's one to keep an eye on.

8. Adelaide

Current position: 8
Win-Loss: 12-10
Remaining games (wins bolded): Carlton (MCG), St Kilda (Adelaide Oval), West Coast (Optus Stadium), Collingwood (Adelaide Oval), Western Bulldogs (Mars Stadium)
Tipping analysis: What a huge game this week's clash with Carlton is. It's not beyond the realms that the Blues do a number on the older, slower Crows, and that would put Adelaide finals hopes in doubts. With games to come against West Coast and Collingwood, they'd want to prove their finals credentials on Saturday.

9. Port Adelaide

Current position: 9
Win-Loss: 10-12
Remaining games (wins bolded): GWS (Adelaide Oval), Essendon (Marvel Stadium), Sydney (Adelaide Oval), North Melbourne (Marvel Stadium), Fremantle (Adelaide Oval)
Tipping analysis: They've been up and down for most of the season, but the Power might fine some semblance of consistency. They probably won't get over the line against the Giants or Bombers, but could win two of their last three for the year. Will that be enough to make finals? Probably not.

10. Hawthorn

Current position: 10
Win-Loss: 10-12
Remaining games (wins bolded): Brisbane (UTAS Stadium), North Melbourne (Marvel Stadium), GWS Giants (Manuka Oval), Gold Coast (Marvel Stadium), West Coast (Optus Stadium)
Tipping analysis: The Hawks have been rocketing up the ladder in recent weeks, having beaten Collingwood, Fremantle and Geelong in their past three starts, but it doesn't get any easier for Alastair Clarkson's men. They should win two of their last five, but it wouldn't be beyond Clarko to snag a third down in Tassie this week.

11. North Melbourne

Current position: 13

Win-Loss: 9-13
Remaining games (wins bolded): West Coast (Optus Stadium), Hawthorn (Marvel Stadium), Geelong (GMHBA Stadium), Port Adelaide (Marvel Stadium), Melbourne (Blundstone Arena)
Tipping analysis: Rhyce Shaw has done an excellent job with North Melbourne but these final five weeks will test him. The Eagles are hard to tip against in Perth, while Clarko has the Hawks playing very good football. The Cats are a tough ask in Geelong, but they could scrounge two wins over Port and Melbourne.

12. Western Bulldogs

Current position: 12
Win-Loss: 9-13
Remaining games (wins bolded): Fremantle (Marvel Stadium), Brisbane (Gabba), Essendon (Marvel Stadium), GWS (Giants Stadium), Adelaide (Mars Stadium)
Tipping analysis: It's a tough run home for the Doggies, who are almost certain to miss out on finals. They may snag a win over the Dockers this week, but it's slim pickings from then on as they don't play any team currently below them on the ladder.

13. Fremantle

Current position: 11
Win-Loss: 8-14
Remaining games (wins bolded): Western Bulldogs (Marvel Stadium), Geelong (Optus Stadium), St Kilda (Marvel Stadium), Essendon (Optus Stadium), Port Adelaide (Adelaide Oval)
Tipping analysis: It doesn't look good for the Dockers, who have really struggled to hit the scoreboard in recent weeks. Their games at home are tough, and their form isn't good enough to justify them tipping on the road. They might go winless for the rest of the year.

14. St Kilda

Current position: 14
Win-Loss: 8-14
Remaining games (wins bolded): Melbourne (Marvel Stadium), Adelaide (Adelaide Oval), Fremantle (Marvel Stadium), Carlton (MCG), Sydney (SCG)
Tipping analysis: Will it prove to be a dead-cat bounce from St Kilda under Brett Ratten? History suggests teams struggle in their second game under a caretaker, and the Dees play better at Marvel Stadium than at the MCG. Without knowing how Ratten will continue to change things at Moorabin, Fremantle at Marvel might be the only game they win from here on out, as the Blues have proved they're no easybeats under David Teague, and the Swans should start favourites at the SCG.

15. Sydney

Current position: 15
Win-Loss: 7-15
Remaining games (wins bolded): Geelong (SCG), GWS (Giants Stadium), Port Adelaide (Adelaide Oval), Melbourne (MCG), St Kilda (SCG)
Tipping analysis: It's a tough run home for a young Sydney team which has underwhlemed in 2019. Their most winnable game comes in Round 23 when they host the Saints at the SCG - though they may prove too strong for the Dees at the MCG if they're on their game.

16. Carlton

Current position: 16
Win-Loss: 7-15
Remaining games (wins bolded): Adelaide (MCG), West Coast (Marvel Stadium), Richmond (MCG), St Kilda (MCG), Geelong (GMHBA Stadium)
Tipping analysis: What a huge game this week is for the Blues - due to the pick swap they did with the Crows in preseason, this is their Grand Final. They'll struggle against top teams West Coast, Richmond and Geelong, but it wouldn't surprise to see them get the better of the Crows and Saints at the 'G.

17. Melbourne

Current position: 17
Win-Loss: 7-15
Remaining games (wins bolded): St Kilda (Marvel Stadium), Richmond (MCG), Collingwood (MCG), Sydney (MCG), North Melbourne (Blundstone Arena)
Tipping analysis: It's been a bitterly disappointing season for Melbourne, but last week's loss to West Coast shows they can still play some decent footy. They might get the better of the Saints and Swans, but probably won't beat Richmond, Collingwood or North down at their Tassie fortress.

18. Gold Coast

Current position: 18
Win-Loss: 4-18
Remaining games (wins bolded): Essendon (Metricon Stadium), Collingwood (MCG), Brisbane (Gabba), Hawthorn (Marvel Stadium), GWS (Metricon Stadium)
Tipping analysis: Unfortunately it looks like the doom and gloom is likely to continue for the Suns, who probably won't win another game in 2019. They might, however, be a sneaky chance against the Hawks, who aren't used to playing home games at Marvel Stadium.