AFL Round 2: Teams, tips, odds - everything you need to know for the round of football

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Stay abreast of all the Round 2 AFL fixtures, tips, news, results, reaction and video as they come to hand.

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


Carlton vs. Collingwood, MCG, 7:20pm (AEDT)

Team news: The Blues have been bolstered by the additions of Jack Martin and Zac Williams while Jack Silvagni (shoulder) and Lochie O'Brien (omitted) make way. For the Pies, Callum Brown and Steele Sidebottom have been named, with Oliver Henry and Trey Ruscoe (both omitted) going out.

ESPN tip: Blues by 7 points.

TAB odds: Blues $2.05, Magpies $1.80


Geelong vs. Brisbane, GMHBA Stadium, 7:50pm (AEDT)

Team news: Cats star Patrick Dangerfield will miss this and the next two matches after he was suspended for three matches by the AFL Tribunal. Zach Tuohy is one of four inclusions for the Cats, including debutant Francis Evans. Brisbane has made just one change for the crunch clash, with Tom Berry replacing the omitted Keidean Coleman.

ESPN tip: Lions by 9 points.

TAB odds: Cats $1.58, Lions $2.40


Sydney vs. Adelaide, SCG, 1:45pm (AEST)

Team news: Lance Franklin will be making his long-awaited return against the Crows in Round 2. Matt Crouch could bolster Adelaide's midfield after missing last week's shock win over the Cats and Nick Murray will play his first game after joining the Crows via the preseason Supplemental Selection Period (SSP). Jake Kelly will miss under the concussion protocol.

ESPN tip: Swans by 16 points.

TAB odds: Swans $1.48, Crows $2.65

Port Adelaide vs. Essendon, Adelaide Oval, 4:35pm (AEST)

Team news: Port young gun Connor Rozee missed the opening game with a foot injury and he isn't expected to return to the side that crushed North Melbourne last weekend.

ESPN tip: Power by 33 points.

TAB odds: Power $1.17, Bombers $5

St Kilda vs. Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 7:25pm (AEST)

Team news: Melbourne vice-captain Jack Viney is set for a return but the Demons confirmed James Harmes will miss at least six weeks. Scans revealed Harmes suffered a broken wrist in last weekend's season-opening win over Fremantle. Max King and Zak Jones are expected to return for the Saints.

ESPN tip: Saints by 13 points.

TAB odds: Saints $1.60, Demons $2.35

Gold Coast vs. North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 8:10pm (AEST)

Team news: It's a huge blow for the Suns who have once against lost Matt Rowell to a serious injury. The gun midfielder goes out of the team that lost to the Eagles in Round 1. For the Roos, they will again be without reigning best and fairest winner Luke McDonald, who is recovering from a quadricep strain.

ESPN tip: Suns by 21 points.

TAB odds: Suns $1.37, Roos $3.15


Hawthorn vs. Richmond, MCG, 1:10pm (AEST)

Team news: Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin is likely to return after missing his side's season-opener against the Blues last Thursday evening with an illness.

ESPN tip: Tigers by 34 points.

TAB odds: Hawks $4.80, Tigers $1.18

Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast, Marvel Stadium, 3:20pm (AEST)

Team news: Eagles skipper Luke Shuey won't line up this week but is eyeing a return against Port Adelaide in Round 3.

ESPN tip: Bulldogs by 8 points.

TAB odds: Bulldogs $1.67, Eagles $2.20

Fremantle vs. GWS, Optus Stadium, 6:10pm (AEST)

Team news: Luckless Dockers defender Alex Pearce will be missing for six week with a knee injury.

ESPN tip: Dockers by 10 points.

TAB odds: Dockers $1.77, Giants $2.05