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GWS Giants v Richmond Tigers Tips and Predictions - Tigers face tough assignment in bid to snap losing streak

Adam Cusworth 19 May 2017
  • Richmond were thrashed by the Giants the last time the two sides met
  • Injury concerns for GWS
  • Game gets underway at 4.35PM on Saturday

After dropping their Round 8 encounter to Fremantle in heartbreaking circumstances, the equation does not get any easier for the Richmond Tigers, who journey to Sydney to take on 2nd placed GWS in AFL action this weekend. 

The Round 9 encounter gets underway at 4.35PM and it is the Giants that head in as strong favourites in the head to head betting. 

The action will be broadcast on Fox Footy, while AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are. 

Match Preview


GWS are currently in 2nd spot on the AFL ladder, just behind the ladder leaders, Adelaide, on percentage and have won six of their eight games. 

Richmond sit in 7th position with five wins but could easily be in top spot after losing their past two games by less than a goal. 

A fortnight ago it was a five-point loss at the hands of the Western Bulldogs, while last week, Fremantle stole victory with a kick after the siren, consigning the Tigers to a two-point loss. 

At GWS, the footy gods were on their side as Steven Johnson kicked a goal at the death to win the game against Collingwood by two points. 

The expansion club head into this as $1.22 favourites in the head to head betting. However, they have a stack of injuries and may be a little short at that quote. 

The battle in the middle of the ground should be full of intrigue. Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin continue to have excellent years for the Tigers but the Giants have a stack of depth, with high class running players that can break the game open. 

Josh Kelly has been in scintillating form, while Tom Scully and Dylan Shiel continue to rack up big numbers. The Tigers will need to negate the influence of this trio of players and their coach, Damien Hardwick, will be imploring his troops to apply a stack of pressure throughout the four quarters. 

Other key battles loom in the ruck, where Shane Mumford takes on Toby Nankervis. The Giants are ranked 2nd in the competition for hitouts, while the Tigers are 16th. Nankervis will have his work cut out. 

Richmond’s Alex Rance should be able to quell one of the Giants big forwards but will need his teammates to limit the supply further up the ground. The competition’s best defender is likely to match up on Jeremy Cameron, who is currently the competition’s leading goalkicker. 

There is plenty at stake here as the winner is likely to be cemented in the top four at the end of the weekend, while the loser will be back amongst the chasing pack in the lower reaches of the eight. 

Team News


GWS have one of the biggest injury lists in the competition. Stephen Coniglio is the latest casualty after re-injuring his ankle. He will be out for up to two months, joining the likes of Ryan Griffen and Brett Deledio on the sidelines. 

Aidan Corr and Sam Reid may also miss due to concussion. Matt deBoer and Harry Perryman are in line for selection for the Giants. At Richmond, Dion Prestia may return, while Taylor Hunt and Connor Menadue will be considered. 

Stats


Richmond have won four of the five games between the two sides but it was all one-way traffic the last time the two sides met with the Giants rolling the Tigers by 88 points in Canberra last year. 

The Round 19 clash saw the expansion club jump out to a 63 point lead at half time and it was Heath Shaw, Stephen Coniglio and Tom Scully that did plenty of the damage, combining for almost 100 possessions. 

Prediction and Tips

Richmond are in with a sneaky chance but the safe play may be to take them with the start. 


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