Been seeing this dilemma pop up a lot on the site recently so I thought I’d put it to a poll. Handily for you, MJ has also done some excellent analysis below. Its up to you whether you read it first before voting or whether you just go with gut feel.
MJ, thanks for your thoughts mate. You rock!!Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
Seeing as though it seems like a lot of people are tossing up between Swan and Thompson for their final midfielder, I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts, as this decision has been bugging me all week.
In terms of scoring potential in finals, which is what most people are looking at this time of year.
Sydney (ANZ): Scored 133 against them at that venue last year and averages 115 in last 4 games against Sydney at ANZ.
North (Etihad): Averaged 134.5 against them in last 4 games, including 132 & 152 last year.
West Coast (Patersons): Scored 149, 133 and 126 in last 3 in Perth, although only the 149 was against the Eagles (2009). Scored 146, 149, 163, 86 (last year, while playing with that quad injury) against West Coast in last 4.
Essendon (MCG): Belted out 176 & 180 in last 2 against the Bombers and consequentially averages 151 in his last 4 against them. WOW! Would be the perfect captain for an SC Grand Final game.
Freo (AAMI): Only 58 in his game against them this year (was in Perth and tagged by Crowley?), but 152 and 140 in the previous two games against them, which were both at AAMI.
Brisbane (GABBA): Thommo’s had a mixed bag at this venue, scoring 127(last year), 87, 40, 38 in the last 4 there.
Melbourne (MCG): Melbourne is actually one of Scott’s bogey teams. Scores in last 5 against them are: 65, 73, 76, 133, 80, 50. Ouch! Scored 90 at the only game he’s played at the G this year.
GC (AAMI): Wait for it… smashed out 136, 162 and 147 against the Suns in their short history. That’s an average of 148.3! Again, another good game for your SC Grand Final.
Take what you will from these stats. Swan has clearly been a more prolific scorer over the past than Thompson, but Scott seems to have taken a big leap this year with Adelaide’s success, so his historic numbers may have a little less relevance.
I think I’m going to stick by my original plan of getting Swan after the byes and draft the tattooed man into my side. I have decided I don’t mind spending the extra $80k for him. Welcome aboard Dane!
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