WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Saturday, April 7, 2.35pm WST
Gold Coast will ‘host’ this encounter against Fremantle at Optus Stadium after the Dockers bought the rights to the game. It’s not the first time the Suns have sold a home game – does China ring a bell? – and the travel shouldn’t be a problem after winning their first two road contests against North Melbourne (in Cairns) and Carlton at Etihad Stadium. Tom Lynch is fresh off eight goals, the midfield led by Jarryd Lyons and 100-gamer David Swallow is working hard, and small forwards Nick Holman and Darcy Macpherson are providing relentless tackling pressure. But whether that will be enough against a rejuvenated Dockers is hard to tell after Fremantle comprehensively beat Essendon at their new home ground last weekend. The midfield depth that includes Nat Fyfe, Michael Walters, David Mundy, Lachie Neale and youngster Connor Blakely is a real weapon. Form is still hard to gauge at this time of the season, but after two consistent outings, Gold Coast deserve to be slight favourites.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R20, 2017: Fremantle 12.18 (90) d Gold Coast 10.7 (67) at Subiaco Oval
R18, 2016: Gold Coast 16.9 (105) d Fremantle 12.9 (81) at Metricon Stadium
R2, 2016: Gold Coast 19.12 (126) d Fremantle 14.16 (100) at Subiaco Oval
R11, 2015: Fremantle 6.17 (53) d Gold Coast 7.4 (46) at Metricon Stadium
R2, 2014: Fremantle 12.15 (87) d Gold Coast 5.9 (39) at Subiaco Oval
Hutta’s Tip: Fremantle by 20 points
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