AFLW Round 4: Teams, predictions - everything you need to know for the round of football

Depth to be a big key for COVID-interrupted AFLW season (1:40)

The ESPN Footy Podcast's Marnie Vinall says teams with strong depth across every line are going to fare much better with the COVID challenges seen early in the AFLW season. (1:40)

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

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Magpies vs. Dockers
Giants vs. Bulldogs
Saints vs. Eagles
Crows vs. Demons
Lions vs. Cats
Blues vs. Roos
Suns vs. Tigers


Collingwood vs. Fremantle, Victoria Park, 5:40pm (AEDT)

Team news: Collingwood will welcome back skipper Steph Chiocci for their Thursday night blockbuster with fellow undefeated side Fremantle in a major boost for the club, while Tarni Brown and Erica Fowler also return at the expense of El Chaston, Amelia Velardo and Bella Smith. For the Dockers, Ann McMahon and Jasmin Stewart return to the side, with the duo replacing defender Matilda Sergeant (rested) and midfielder Tiah Toth (managed).

ESPN tip: Dockers by 14 points

Result: Fremantle have unleashed a tackling masterclass to post a crushing 31-point win over Collingwood at Victoria Park. The Dockers dominated the inside 50m count 40-10 and won the tackles 76-49 on the way to the 5.8 (38) to 1.1 (7) win on Thursday.


GWS vs. Western Bulldogs, Henson Park, 5:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: GWS has made five changes after last week's disappointing loss, with Pepa Randall, Chloe Dalton, Rebecca Privitelli and Katie Loynes (health and safety protocols) and Haneen Zreika (personal reasons) to miss Friday's clash. Meanwhile, the Dogs will be boosted by the returns of Katie Lynch, Sarah Hartwig and Bailey Hunt.

ESPN tip: Dogs by 15 points

Result: GWS defender Nicola Barr has become an unlikely hero up forward, helping lift the COVID-hit Giants to a 21-point AFLW win over the wayward Western Bulldogs at Henson Park. Barr ended the match with three goals to her name in the 7.1 (43) to 2.10 (22) victory.

St Kilda vs. West Coast, Skybus Stadium, 7:10pm (AEDT)

Coronavirus cases in the West Coast camp have caused the postponement of Friday's scheduled AFLW match. The Eagles were due to play St Kilda at Frankston Oval in Melbourne on Friday night in a Round 4 fixture.

But the AFL says "multiple players" from West Coast are currently in isolation under the competition's health and safety protocols.

The winless Eagles have been in a Melbourne hub since round two of the AFLW season.

West Coast are scheduled to play Collingwood next Tuesday but the AFL's competition manager Laura Kane says future fixturing for the club will be decided in due course.


Adelaide vs. Melbourne, Norwood Oval, 3:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: The Crows will be without Stevie-Lee Thompson, Danielle Ponter and Justine Mules due to health and safety protocols this week, hut experienced utility Chelsea Randall is a timely inclusion after recovering from a hamstring injury. For the Demons, Lily Mithen and Maddi Gay return from health and safety protocols, replacing the omitted Brenna Tarrant and Maggie Caris.

ESPN tip: Demons by 8 points

Result: Adelaide superstar Erin Phillips has showed why she is the AFLW's greatest player, spearheading the Crows to an ominous 14-point victory over Melbourne.

Brisbane vs. Geelong, Maroochydore, 5:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: In a major boost for Brisbane, spearhead Dakota Davidson has recovered from a foot injury she sustained in Round 1 and will regain her place in the side. Davidson is joined by Sophie Conway and Gabby Collingwood in the line up. In unfortunate news for Cats fans, gun midfielder Nina Morrison has sustained a calf injury and will miss at least this week's clash.

ESPN tip: Lions by 26 points

Result: The Brisbane Lions' thrilling two-point AFLW victory over Geelong has been soured by another expected ACL injury to an important player.


Carlton vs. North Melbourne, Ikon Park, 3:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: TBC

ESPN tip: Roos by 10 points

Gold Coast vs. Richmond, Metricon Stadium, 5:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: TBC

ESPN tip: Tigers by 11 points