AFL grand final 2016: Experts’ view – Who will win & why

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GREG BAUM
Nanjing Night Net

The Swans are custom-made for finals footy, they’ve been here before and they know what it takes. They will settle quicker, and that might make all the difference.

Sydney by 15 points.

Norm Smith: Caleb Daniel (WB).

JAMES BUCKLEY

Sydney. The midfield is in superb form, Buddy is almost unstoppable and the 2014 grand final defeat still rankles.

Sydney by 25 points.

Norm Smith: Luke Parker (Syd).

TIM BOYLE

Western Bulldogs, to quote Updike: “There will always lurk, around a corner in a pocket of our knowledge of the odds, an indefensible hope, which you now and then find in sports, when a density of expectation hangs in the air and plucks an event out of the future.”

Western Bulldogs by 2 points.

Norm Smith: Liam Picken (WB).

WAYNE CAREY

Western Bulldogs, because they won’t be denied.

Western Bulldogs by  5 points.

Norm Smith: N/A (judging medal).

DANIEL CHERNY

Few sides have the midfield depth to match it with the Swans, but the Bulldogs are capable of doing so.

Western Bulldogs by 3 points.

Norm Smith: Jason Johannisen (WB).

​ROHAN CONNOLLY

Sydney, best defence in the AFL, best midfield, a more than capable attack and motivation to spare after what happened on this day two years ago.

Sydney by 24 points.

Norm Smith: Josh Kennedy (Syd).

MICHAEL GLEESON

Western Bulldogs are just as good inside as Swans and are quicker on the outside. But more so it is the irresistible romantic momentum.

Western Bulldogs by 7 points.

Norm Smith: Liam Picken (WB).

SAMANTHA LANE

Western Bulldogs. Because it’s magic and they believe it.

Western Bulldogs by 2 points.

Norm Smith: Liam Picken (WB).

TIM LANE

The Bulldogs can neutralise the Swans’ powerful midfield, they’re battle-hardened, and they’re ready.

Western Bulldogs by 8 points.

Norm Smith: Liam Picken (WB).

​RONNY LERNER

Western Bulldogs are riding an incredible wave of emotion and have taken all before them. There’s no reason why it won’t continue on Saturday.

Western Bulldogs by 7 points.

Norm Smith: Marcus Bontempelli (WB).

MATTHEW LLOYD

Sydney have the best defence, the deepest midfield and a man called Buddy Franklin.

Sydney by 23 points.

Norm Smith: Josh Kennedy (Syd).

SAM McCLURE

Hard to write off the Dogs, but Sydney’s physical dismantlement of Geelong was too overwhelming to overlook.

Sydney by 12 points.

Norm Smith: Dan Hannebery (Syd).

LARA NICHOLSON

The Western Bulldogs, carried by the well wishes of every Victorian, have the drive and courage to go all the way.

Western Bulldogs by 8 points.

Norm Smith: Marcus Bontempelli (WB).

JON PIERIK

Sydney’s  midfield depth – and ferocity at the man and ball – will provide their second flag under Longmire.

Sydney by 17 points.

Norm Smith: Tom Mitchell (Syd).

ASHLEY PORTER

Both teams can move the ball around quickly and play with incredible intensity – but only the Swans know what to expect on grand final day.

Sydney by 32 points.

Norm Smith: Josh Kennedy (Syd).

EMMA QUAYLE

The logical tip in many ways is Sydney, the steadiest team all season. But the Bulldogs have defied logic all year long. They’re on a roll and have already shown they know how to beat these Swans.

Western Bulldogs by 6 points.

Norm Smith: N/A (judging medal).

SCOTT SPITS

Last Friday night against the Cats showed that hunger was a driving force for the Swans. And I’m tipping a big game from one of the best in the competition, Lance Franklin.

Sydney by 14 points.

Norm Smith: Lance Franklin (Syd).

ANDREW STAFFORD

The head says Sydney, but the heart says the Western Bulldogs, and they’re playing like they have Dog (sorry) on their side, with unshakeable belief. My tip is Western Bulldogs.

Western Bulldogs by 3 points.

Norm Smith: Marcus Bontempelli (WB).

CAROLINE WILSON

The Swans have worked too hard to atone for its 2014 capitulation to not perform at their best now and their best should win.

Sydney by 11 points.

Norm Smith: Isaac Heeney (Syd).

ANDREW WU

Making the grand final is a big deal for the Bulldogs but not so the Swans, who are still burning from the pain of 2014.

Sydney by 17 points.

Norm Smith: Lance Franklin (Syd).

THE TOTALS

PREMIERS

Sydney  10

Western Bulldogs  10

NORM SMITH MEDAL

Liam Picken (WB)  4

Josh Kennedy (Syd)  3

Marcus Bontempelli (WB)  3

Lance Franklin (Syd)  2

Caleb Daniel (WB)  1

Jason Johannisen (WB)  1

Dan Hannebery (Syd)  1

Tom Mitchell (Syd)  1

Isaac Heeney (Syd)  1

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