AFL Round 21: Fixture, teams, news, tips, odds - everything you need to know for the round of football

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Is John Longmire's job the safest in footy? (1:01)

The ESPN Footy Podcast team rates the job security of all 18 coaches and found Sydney's man to be the most untouchable. (1:01)

Stay abreast of all the Round 21 AFL fixtures, tips, news, results, reaction and video as they come to hand.

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


FRIDAY, AUGUST 6

Geelong vs. GWS, GMHBA Stadium, 7:50pm (AEST)

Team news: Cats stars Jeremy Cameron and Mitch Duncan remain on the sidelines and are unexpected to make a return before finals. Skipper Joel Selwood faces a test after suffering a corked thigh last time out. The Giants will be without Jacob Hopper and Phil Davis, who both suffered concussions against the Power last week. Skipper Stephen Coniglio could return to the side after missing another week with a toe complaint, while livewire Bobby Hill could also slot back in after being managed last weekend.

ESPN tip: Cats by 22 points.

TAB odds: Cats $1.12, Giants $6


SATURDAY, AUGUST 7

Carlton vs. Gold Coast, Marvel Stadium, 1:45pm (AEST)

Team news: Blues quartet Tom De Koning, Eddie Betts, Zac Williams and Will Setterfield are all touch and go for selection. For the Suns, Brandon Ellis is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury and Sam Day is also looming as a possible selection.

ESPN tip: Blues by 27 points.

TAB odds: Blues $1.24, Suns $4

Richmond vs. North Melbourne, MCG, 4:35pm (AEST)

Team news: Richmond could make a few changes after their loss to Fremantle, with Nick Vlastuin, Nathan Broad and others in line for a return.

ESPN tip: Tigers by 14 points.

TAB odds: TBA

St Kilda vs. Sydney, Marvel Stadium, 7:40pm (AEST)

Team news: Paddy Ryder was a late withdrawal last week with an Achilles injury, while Dougal Howard and Hunter Clark both picked up injuries against the Blues. All three are expected to be missing in Round 21.

ESPN tip: Swans by 21 points.

TAB odds: Saints $3, Swans $1.37

Adelaide vs. Port Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, 7:40pm (AEST)

Team news: Both Chayce Jones (quad) and Elliott Himmelberg (knee) will likely miss this week's game through injury.

ESPN tip: Power by 28 points.

TAB odds: Crows $6, Power $1.12


SUNDAY, AUGUST 8

Hawthorn vs. Collingwood, MCG, 2.10pm (AEST)

Team news: Hawks forward Luke Breust suffered a knee injury and is no guarantee to start this week against the Magpies.

ESPN tip: Hawks by 7 points.

TAB odds: Hawks $1.85, Magpies $1.95

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

Team news: In a huge blow for the Bombers, they are set to be without captain Dyson Heppell (thumb) and Kyle Langford (hamstring) for their must-win clash with the Bulldogs. In better news, Jayden Laverde is expected to play after being cleared of serous shoulder damage. Meanwhile, Bulldogs midfielder Adam Treloar is closing in on a return to action.

ESPN tip: Bulldogs by 23 points.

TAB odds: Bulldogs $1.28, Bombers $3.60

Fremantle vs. Brisbane, Optus Stadium, 5:10pm (AEST)

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Is John Longmire's job the safest in footy?

The ESPN Footy Podcast team rates the job security of all 18 coaches and found Sydney's man to be the most untouchable.

Team news: The Dockers continue to be without skipper Nat Fyfe and star Michael Walters. Bailey Banfield will also miss this clash after suffering a concussion last time out against Richmond. It will be interesting to see if Lions coach Chris Fagan's opts to swing the axe after last week's disappointing loss to the Hawks. Stay tuned...

ESPN tip: Lions by 19 points.

TAB odds: Dockers $2.40, Lions $1.55


MONDAY, AUGUST 9

West Coast vs. Melbourne, Optus Stadium, 8:10pm (AEST)

Team news: The Eagles could be bolstered by the returns of captain Luke Shuey (calf) and Tom Barrass (hamstring), joining the likes of Jack Petruccelle and Jack Redden in the side. Liam Ryan is still at least another week away with a hamstring strain of his own. The Demons' injury list remains quite short and Simon Goodwin will have a near full complement of player at his disposal, although Jack Viney has copped a two-week suspension.

ESPN tip: Demons by 19 points

TAB odds: Eagles $2.80, Demons $1.42