WHERE AND WHEN: SCG at 7:20pm AEST
Both sides are coming off losses and another one could prove costly, with the Swans a chance to lose their top four spot, and the Cats likely to drop out of the top eight. Geelong’s clearance numbers continue to be a worry and while Sydney has some elite players in its midfield, as a team it hasn’t been dominant in that area this year, especially at home. The visitors let slip a massive opportunity to stay in touch with the top four last week, and they’ll need more support for Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood and Tim Kelly, who combined for 129 touches against the Western Bulldogs. The Cats haven’t played at the SCG since they got belted by 110 points back in 2014, when Lance Franklin kicked four goals, and Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker gathered 32 touches apiece, and that trio will have a major say on Thursday night again.
THE LAST FIVE TIMES
R6, 2018, Sydney 12.14 (86) d Geelong 10.9 (69) at GMHBA Stadium
2SF, 2017, Geelong 15.8 (98) d Sydney 5.9 (39) at the MCG
R20, 2017, Sydney 16.11 (107) d Geelong 8.13 (61) at GMHBA Stadium
2PF, 2016, Sydney 15.7 (97) d Geelong 8.12 (60) at the MCG
R16, 2016, Sydney 15.8 (98) d Geelong 9.6 (60) at GMHBA Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: Sydney by 18 points.
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