WHERE AND WHEN: the Gabba, Saturday, June 23, 4.35pm AEST
Greater Western Sydney hit some good form prior to the bye and will start this contest as a warm favourite. After struggling for much of the season with a heavy injury toll and some patchy form, the Giants sprang back to life with a strong win over the Crows in Adelaide followed by a resounding thumping of Gold Coast before having a week off. With the midfield, led by Callan Ward, Dylan Shiel, Josh Kelly and Lachie Whitfield, back to its best, and forward Jeremy Cameron finding his best form of the season, GWS again looks a formidable combination. Despite winning just one game all season, the Lions have been more than competitive, particularly at the Gabba, and should push the Giants. Harris Andrews is one of the in-form defenders of the competition, while Dayne Zorko and Dayne Beams provide an elite midfield punch. The Lions might give Leon Cameron’s men a scare, but with a top-eight spot to chase, the Giants should knuckle down and win this one.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R6, 2018, GWS 10.17 (77) d Brisbane Lions 5.13 (43) at Spotless Stadium
R14, 2017, GWS 22.14 (146) d Brisbane Lions 12.14 (86) at the Gabba
R17, 2016, GWS 22.14 (146) d Brisbane Lions 9.13 (67) at the Gabba
R10, 2015, GWS 14.13 (97) d Brisbane Lions 10.7 (67) at Spotless Stadium
R13, 2014, GWS 19.11 (125) d Brisbane Lions 12.8 (80) at the Gabba
Hutta’s Tip: GWS by 30 points.
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