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GWS Giants v Sydney Swans Tips and Predictions - Can the Swans continue their charge towards September?

Adam Cusworth 13 Jul 2017
  • GWS have won the past three against Sydney
  • Swans have won eight of past nine games this season
  • Giants come off history making fortnight....two draws in a row. Is a hat-trick possible?

One of the big games of AFL Round 17 will be when the competition's two Sydney based sides, the GWS Giants and the Sydney Swans, go head to head at Spotless Stadium. 

The 7.25PM clash pits the 2nd placed Giants up against the Swans, who are 8th on the ladder and the action will be broadcast on Fox Footy. AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are. 

Match Preview


GWS are three games clear of Sydney but the Swans are the form side of the competition, having won eight of their past nine matches. 

John Longmire's side come off a 67 point win over the Gold Coast Suns last weekend, which was their fifth win in succession. 

In the same round, GWS made history by becoming the first side in over 100 years to register two draws in succession. After the scores were left tied in their Round 15 clash against Geelong, it was deja vu for the expansion club, with scores locked once again in their Round 16 encounter against Hawthorn. 

The two sides rank similarly in a number of statistical measures this season. Sydney should have a slight advantage at winning the contested possession, but the Giants have a better running game. 

Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully, Callan Ward and Josh Kelly were all prolific against the Hawks, while Jonathan Patton, Jeremy Cameron and Rory Lobb can be a presence up forward. 

At Sydney, look for Josh Kennedy to continue his dominance as an inside mid, while Luke Parker should also find plenty of it. 

Sydney's spearhead, Lance Franklin, booted three last week and leads the goal kicking table with 43 majors, two clear of the Giants' Jeremy Cameron

Team News


GWS still have a lengthy injury list but Toby Greene, Steve Johnson and Zac Williams are expected to return. Sydney should regain Josh Kennedy, who was a late withdrawal with a quad issue last weekend. 

Stats


The two sides have met on 12 occasions and it is the Swans with the advantage at eight wins to four. However, the Giants have won the past three, including the Round 5 clash this year by 32 points. 

Three of the encounters have been held at Spotless Stadium and the Giants have won two of those. 

Prediction and Tips


I really like the way Sydney are going about it and at this stage of the year they look to be the value at the $8 quote for the premiership. In terms of this game though, look for the Giants to rise to the occasion. Their good record against the Swans should hold them in good stead. 


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GWS Giants v Sydney Swans Tips and Predictions - Can the Swans continue their charge towards September?

GWS and Sydney square off in a massive game at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night. Here is our preview of the Round 17 clash.

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