Venue: Etihad Stadium at 7:50pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R5, 2016, GWS Giants 19.12 (126) d St Kilda 12.7 (79) at Etihad Stadium
R15, 2015, GWS Giants 12.12 (84) d St Kilda 6.13 (49) at Spotless Stadium
R1, 2015, GWS Giants 12.15 (87) d St Kilda 11.12 (78) at Etihad Stadium
R2, 2014, St Kilda 15.5 (95) d GWS Giants 13.10 (88) at Etihad Stadium
R3, 2013, St Kilda 21.14 (140) d GWS Giants 10.8 (68) at Manuka Oval
Game notes: St Kilda makes its return to Friday night footy for the first time in more than two years. The Saints were thumped by Collingwood by 74 points that night and will want a better showing in their first of four chances in the marquee timeslot this year. Making matters tough will be its opponent, with GWS having won five on the trot. Leon Cameron’s side boasts the second-most miserly defence in the competition while they have scored the fourth-most points, and the midfield is studded with stars. The Saints have reason to be confident though after a comprehensive win against Hawthorn showcased a dangerous forward line, with Nick Riewoldt, Josh Bruce and Tim Membrey combining for 10 goals. Jack Steven has returned from a punctured lung in excellent form while Seb Ross and Koby Stevens offer hard bodies to combat the gun Giants onballers.
Thommo’s Tip: GWS by 30 points
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