WHERE AND WHEN: GMHBA Stadium, Saturday August 18, 2.10pm
Everything goes on the line for Geelong, which needs a win to keep its season alive. Forced to fight back and chase games in recent weeks, the Cats will be looking to control the match early to avoid another heart-stopper late. While the Dockers have little to play for in the context of their season, Ross Lyon will be keen to see his young side exposed again on the road, having won just a single match away this season with an average losing margin of 51. They have blooded eight debutants this season, while the Cats have introduced seven fresh faces. The Dockers will hold no fears playing at the Cattery. Despite winning just one of their past three at the venue, the other two games were decided by late misses. In those three matches, Cats spearhead Tom Hawkins has been held to just four goals, however his 2018 form will be of concern. In seven games at home he has 26 majors, including 14 in his past two outings.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R14, 2017, Geelong 10.14 (74) d Fremantle 11.6 (72) at GMHBA Stadium
R1, 2017, Geelong 18.7 (115) d Fremantle 10.13 (73) at Subiaco Oval
R17, 2016, Geelong 11.12 (78) d Fremantle 9.7 (61) at Subiaco Oval
R2, 2015, Fremantle 15.14 (104) d Geelong 9.6 (60) at GMHBA Stadium
R20, 2014, Geelong 12.9 (81) d Fremantle 11.13 (79) at GMHBA Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: Geelong by 45 points.
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