Venue: MCG at 1:10pm AEST
Last Time They Met:
R9, 2016, Richmond 11.17 (83) d Fremantle 6.9 (45) at Domain Stadium
R17, 2015, Fremantle 12.10 (82) d Richmond 10.18 (78) at the MCG
R10, 2015, Richmond 15.7 (97) d Fremantle 10.10 (70) at Domain Stadium
R13, 2014, Fremantle 16.9 (105) d Richmond 12.13 (85) at the MCG
R17, 2013, Richmond 12.12 (84) d Fremantle 8.9 (57) at the MCG
Back-to-back losses and an extensive injury list have Richmond on unsteady ground for the first time this season as the glow of a 5-0 start begins to fade. The Tigers are still playing good football and they could easily have walked away with the four points in a thrilling five-point loss to the Western Bulldogs in round seven. But they didn’t, despite holding a 32-point lead in the second quarter, and they won’t be at full strength against a Fremantle team that has turned its season around. While the Tigers’ success this year has been based on a new attacking game style, the Dockers’ has been built around youth. Ross Lyon’s men have won four of their past five games, their latest an impressive 37-point win against Essendon at Domain Stadium. Three of those four wins have come at home, making Sunday’s match at the MCG a significant test of their progress, as well as Richmond’s.
Huttabito’s Tip: Fremantle by 10 points
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