Where and when: MCG, Sunday July 21, 1.10pm AEST
What it means for Geelong: Shoring up the perfect MCG record. Unbeaten from their four matches this year, Sunday will be the Cats’ last match at the home of football until finals. Since 2012, the Cats are 3-7 at the MCG in September.
What it means for Hawthorn: Another chance to get games into youngsters such as Mitchell Lewis, James Worpel and Oliver Hanrahan against the top side on the big stage.
The stat: Prior to this year, Gary Ablett has received 25 Brownlow votes in 25 games against the Hawks, the equal-most of any club polled against in his career alongside North Melbourne. He was among the best when the two sides met in round five with 23 disposals and three goals.
The match-up: Jed Bews v Chad Wingard
Elevated to the senior side a fortnight ago to take on Eddie Betts, Bews (No.313 in the Official AFL Players Ratings) will likely go to the Hawks’ most dangerous small forward. Wingard (No.152) is still working towards full fitness after a series of hamstring setbacks.
It’s a big week for: Paul Puopolo
Having kicked just two goals in his past 11 games, including none in the last month, the 31-year-old is in a fight to earn a new contract for 2020. A big performance against the Cats would only work in his favour.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Cats by 15 points.
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