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Geelong Cats v Richmond Tigers Tips and Predictions - Can the Tigers take their chances against Cats?

Adam Cusworth 10 Aug 2017
  • Richmond have not defeated Geelong since 2006
  • Tigers moved ahead of the Cats on the ladder after defeating Hawthorn last week
  • Geelong without Selwood, Duncan and Hawkins

Round 21 of the AFL home and away season features plenty of important contests and one of the key games is the Saturday encounter between the Geelong Cats and the Richmond Tigers. 

The Cats head in as slight favourites at their home ground of Simonds Stadium and the action can be seen on Fox Sports. AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are. 

Match Preview


This shapes as one of the matches of the round. Geelong will be missing three of their best players but enjoy the home ground advantage and are always tough to beat at the hostile environment of Simonds Stadium regardless of who is in the starting 22. 

They have a tremendous record at the venue and their loss to Sydney by 47 points last weekend was their first at Simonds Stadium this season. 

On the same weekend, Richmond staked their claims for a top four spot by defeating Hawthorn at the MCG by 29. That effort propelled to yellow and black ahead of the Cats into third position on the ladder. Geelong currently sit in fourth. 

Another loss for the Cats will put a severe dent in their hopes of gaining the double chance with the finals just three weeks away. 

Their coach, Chris Scott, may have to be creative with his moves on the weekend with Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan and Tom Hawkins all absent. In the absence of Hawkins, his side may find it tough to score against a Tigers outfit that rank No.1 in the competition for fewest points conceded. 

At the other end of the ground, look for Richmond’s small fleet of forwards to apply plenty of pressure on the Cats back six. Their pressure and intensity was a highlight in the win over Hawthorn last weekend. 

One of the interesting battles will in the midfield, where we will see Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield go at it. Those two are arguably the best in the competition and while they are unlikely to play directly on one another, the one that has the most influence will likely end up on the winning side. 

Selection News


Geelong lose their skipper, Joel Selwood, for up to a month with an ankle injury, while Tom Hawkins and Mitch Duncan felt the wrath of the match review panel for incidents against Sydney last weekend and will miss with suspension.

The good news for Cats fans is that Dangerfield returns from his suspension, while Daniel Menzel will also be a welcome inclusion should he be passed fit to play. At Richmond, Jack Riewoldt is set to return from an eye injury. 

Stats


Geelong have dominated Richmond for the past decade, winning 12 on the trot against the Tigers, a sequence that begun in 2007 when the Cats took out the Round 6 encounter that year by a lazy 157 points. 

The most recent clash between the two sides was in Round 21 last season and on that occasion, it was the Cats by four points. Geelong have won the past four between the two sides at Simonds Stadium. 

Prediction and Tips


Richmond will get the job done and overcome their hoodoo against the Cats. 


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Geelong Cats v Richmond Tigers Tips and Predictions - Can the Tigers take their chances against Cats?

Two of the competition's top four sides go at it on Saturday in AFL Round 21. Here is our preview of the clash between the Cats and the Tigers.

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