AFL Round 4: Teams, tips, odds - everything you need to know for the round of football

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Stay abreast of all the Round 4 AFL fixtures, tips, news, results, reaction and video as they come to hand.

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


THURSDAY, APRIL 8

Sydney vs. Essendon, SCG, 7:20pm (AEDT)

Team news: Lance Franklin will return to the Sydney side which dismantled Richmond in Round 3, replacing fellow big man Hayden McLean. The Bombers have also been bolstered by the inclusion of skipper Dyson Heppell, who comes in for the injured Mason Redman. David Zaharakis has been named as an emergency for Ben Rutten's side.

ESPN tip: Swans by 14 points.

TAB odds: Swans $1.20, Bombers $4.25


FRIDAY, APRIL 9

Port Adelaide vs. Richmond, Adelaide Oval, 7:50pm (AEDT)

Team news: Richmond's shock defeat to Sydney has been compounded by fresh injury concerns, headlined by captain Trent Cotchin and star midfielder Dion Prestia, who are both unlikely to play against Port. Kamdyn McIntosh will also miss with concussion. One positive for Damien Hardwick's side is that Bachar Houli will suit up for the first time since last year's Grand Final. The Power were well beaten by the Eagles but no injuries is a positive ahead of their blockbuster clash against the Tigers, with Lachie Jones set to debut in place of Peter Ladhams.

ESPN tip: Tigers by 9 points.

TAB odds: Power $1.67, Tigers $2.15


SATURDAY, APRIL 10

Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane, MARS Stadium, 1:35pm (AEST)

Team news: Dogs defender Ryan Gardner lasted just 15 seconds last week and will be missing this week for the Dogs with a shoulder injury. In a massive boost for the Lions, Jarrod Berry has been declared fit for his first game of the season, while Oscar McInerney will also return.

ESPN tip: Bulldogs by 10 points.

TAB odds: Bulldogs $1.55, Lions $2.35

St Kilda vs. West Coast, Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm (AEST)

Team news: Skipper Luke Shuey will likely miss for some time for the Eagles after reinjuring his hamstring last weekend, while Brendon Ah Chee also suffered a hamstring injury. Brett Ratten has swing the axe after St Kilda's insipid effort last time out against the Bombers. Jade Gresham will miss after suffering an Achilles injury, along with Shaun McKernan, Mason Wood and Ben Long. In good news, ruckman Rowan Marshall will play his first game of the season.

ESPN tip: Eagles by 29 points.

TAB odds: Saints $3, Eagles $1.36

Gold Coast vs. Carlton, Metricon Stadium, 7:25pm (AEST)

Team news: Suns defender Caleb Graham will replace injured ruckman Jarrod Witts who injured his knee late in the match against Adelaide. Adam Saad is '50-50' to suit up for the Blues after training away from the main group this week. Fellow boom recruit Zac Williams will miss for the second time this season, but Will Setterfield returns to the fold.

ESPN tip: Suns by 7 points.

TAB odds: Suns $1.65, Blues $2.15

Collingwood vs. GWS, MCG, 7:25pm (AEST)

Team news: Last week's loss to the Dees was pure carnage for GWS. The Giants lost Stephen Coniglio, Phil Davis and Matt de Boer to injury, all will miss this week's game against the Pies. Leon Cameron announced Conor Stone will debut, wearing the departed Jeremy Cameron's No.18 jersey. Meanwhile, Collingwood has declared Round 3 unplayed debutant Beau McCreery a certain starter on Saturday night, to replace the omitted Tyler Brown.

ESPN tip: Magpies by 16 points.

TAB odds: Magpies $1.30, Giants $3.30


SUNDAY, APRIL 11

North Melbourne vs. Adelaide, Marvel Stadium, 1:10pm (AEST)

Team news: Experienced Roos midfielder Jed Anderson will spend two months on the sidelines with an ankle injury, while counterpart Jared Polec will also miss at least this week's clash. Crows skipper Rory Sloane has also been ruled out and will undergo surgery to fix an eye issue.

ESPN tip: Crows by 20 points.

TAB odds: Kangaroos $3.40, Crows $1.30

Melbourne vs. Geelong, MCG, 3:20pm (AEST)

Team news: Cats star Shaun Higgins fractured his thumb in their thrilling Round 3 victory and is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines. Could Jeremy Cameron play his first game as a Cat? It's unconfirmed but the former Giant is getting close to making his hoops debut.

ESPN tip: Cats by 13 points.

TAB odds: Demons $2.25, Cats $1.60

Fremantle vs. Hawthorn, MCG, 4:40pm (AEST)

Team news: Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe will return after missing his side's loss to Carlton with concussion. Young gun Hayden Young and Lachie Shultz both picked up injuries in Round 3 and will both miss, allowing rookie Josh Treacy to make his AFL debut.

ESPN tip: Dockers by 15 points.

TAB odds: Dockers $1.35, Hawks $3