Venue: Etihad Stadium, 4.40pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R22, 2016, Sydney 12.13 (85) d North Melbourne 10.16 (76) at Blundstone Arena
R10, 2016, Sydney 14.7 (91) d North Melbourne 9.11 (65) at the SCG
1SF, 2015, North Melbourne 11.11 (77) d Sydney 7.9 (51) at ANZ Stadium
R11, 2015, Sydney 14.7 (91) d North Melbourne 10.15 (75) at Etihad Stadium
1PF, 2014, Sydney 19.22 (136) d North Melbourne 9.11 (65) at ANZ Stadium
The last game of the round could also be one of the most interesting. North Melbourne and Sydney entered round seven with a combined one win from 12 chances this year, but recorded respective emphatic wins over Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions. Only the Swans’ rich recent history has stopped pundits completely writing them off, but they must defeat the Roos if they expect to mount a finals run. The two sides rode key forwards (Lance Franklin and Jarrad Waite) to victory last week, but only Sydney can expect a repeat performance, with Waite out again through suspension. That leaves the responsibility back on Ben Brown, who has proven up to the task. How well Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell, Shaun Higgins and co. stack up with the Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Dan Hannebery-led Swans onball brigade will be crucial to the result.
Ol Mottsy’s Tip: North by 26
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