WHERE AND WHEN: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, August 11, 2.10pm AEST
This game has the potential to get very, very ugly. Richmond is the reigning premier and has shown no sign of slowing down this year, currently on top of the ladder and heading for the minor premiership, while the Suns are floundering in 17th spot and fresh off losing to bottom team Carlton and being flogged by Melbourne in the past fortnight. The Tigers have built their game on pressure, and even if it’s not at peak levels against the Suns, it’s hard to see how Gold Coast can get anywhere near their opponents. Jack Riewoldt is playing the best footy of his career, and his match-up with Suns skipper Steven May should be a good one, but the Tigers have far too much depth and far too much run in their midfield. Aside from stars Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin, the likes of Kane Lambert, Shane Edwards and former Sun Josh Caddy are having excellent seasons. The only glimmer of hope for the hosts is their upset of Sydney just three matches ago, but it’s hard to see this match being anything but one-way traffic.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R19, 2017, Richmond 14.14 (98) d Gold Coast 10.5 (65) at Metricon Stadium
R12, 2016, Richmond 17.12 (114) d Gold Coast 15.7 (97) at the MCG
R20, 2015, Richmond 22.6 (138) d Gold Coast 8.7 (55) at the MCG
R1, 2014, Gold Coast 12.15 (87) d Richmond 10.9 (69) at Metricon Stadium
R16, 2013, Richmond 6.17 (53) d Gold Coast 6.8 (44) at Cazalys Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: Richmond by three figures!
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