WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Saturday, May 12, 6.10pm AWST
SUMMARY: The Dockers returned home with their tails between their legs after copping a pasting from Richmond at the MCG, but they are a different outfit at Optus Stadium and will start warm favourites against a disappointing St Kilda outfit. The Dockers have won three of their four games at home, averaging 98 points and playing a fast and free-flowing brand. No interstate side has won at WA’s new football venue since Sydney knocked over West Coast in round one and St Kilda will need to show vast improvement to trouble Freo. The Saints have gone winless since round one – albeit with one draw – and are having nightmares in front of goal, kicking 45.78 combined over the past six matches. It will take a more polished display from the visitors to stop rampant superstar Nat Fyfe leading Fremantle to another home triumph.
LAST FIVE TIMES:
R15, 2017, St Kilda 12.17 (89) d Fremantle 12.8 (80) at Subiaco Oval
R10, 2016, St Kilda 15.11 (101) d Fremantle 10.7 (67) at Etihad Stadium
R19, 2015, Fremantle 15.6 (96) d St Kilda 8.11 (59) at Etihad Stadium
R18, 2014, St Kilda 17.16 (118) d Fremantle 9.6 (60) at Etihad Stadium
R23, 2013, St Kilda 16.16 (112) d Fremantle 6.5 (41) at Etihad Stadium
Father Dougal’s Tip: If the Dockers lose to the Saints playing at Optus Stadium, I will give up beer for a week. Fremantle by 40
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