WHERE AND WHEN: Kardinia Park at 1:45pm AEST
SUMMARY: Sydney travels to GMHBA Stadium boasting a record no other club in the competition can lay claim to – defeating the Cats at Geelong in their past two visits to the venue. In last year’s win, Dan Hannebery starred with 21 disposals and two goals but he will miss Saturday’s clash with groin soreness. Hannebery will join superstar forward Lance Franklin (heel) on the sidelines. The Swans will have plenty to prove after last week’s loss to an undermanned Adelaide at the SCG, and a disappointing outing against Geelong in last year’s finals series (where they were thrashed by 59 points). Cat Mark Blicavs’ recent form as a key defender may be put on hold, with a return to the midfield on the cards in the absence of key forwards Franklin and Sam Reid (quad). Geelong’s bevy of young stars shone at home last time around against St Kilda and will be out to impress against a strong Swans midfield group smarting from last week’s loss. Brandan Parfitt, Sam Menegola, Tim Kelly and George Horlin-Smith – all players with fewer than 50 games experience – stood up in last week’s win on the road.
LAST FIVE TIMES:
SF, 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
PF, 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
R19, 2015, Geelong 14.11 (95) d Sydney 9.9 (63) at GMHBA Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: Geelong by 20 points.
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