Venue/Time: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, June 4, 7.25pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R23, 2015, Sydney Swans 19.13 (127) d Gold Coast Suns 9.10 (64) at the SCG
R10, 2015, Sydney Swans 13.15 (93) d Gold Coast Suns 5.11 (41) at Metricon Stadium
R12, 2014, Sydney Swans 17.7 (109) d Gold Coast Suns 10.14 (74) at Metricon Stadium
R2, 2013, Sydney Swans 17.12 (114) d Gold Coast Suns 11.7 (73) at the SCG
R18, 2012, Sydney Swans 19.12 (126) d Gold Coast Suns 8.6 (54) at Metricon Stadium
Top SC scores from last match:
Gold Coast: Kolodjashnij 121, Malceski 120, Hall 98
Sydney: Hannebery 148, Reid 148, Mitchell 139, Kennedy 121, Towers 121
In: Kade Kolodjashnij, Callum Ah Chee, Matt Rosa, Alex Sexton, Touk Miller, Jesse Joyce
Out: Seb Tape (Omitted), Matt Shaw (Omitted), Henry Schade (Omitted), Luke Russell (Omitted), Clay Cameron (Omitted), Sean Lemmens (Ribs)
Game Notes: These two teams could not be travelling much differently, with the Suns on a seven-game losing streak, and the Swans sitting second and fresh off wins over Hawthorn and North Melbourne. There is a silver lining for the battling Suns though, with a stack of players returning from injury this week, which should make them more competitive. They’ve never beaten the Swans in their short history, and with a lack of personnel and continuity, it’s hard to see that changing this week. We’ll see two of the game’s best forwards go at it, with Lance Franklin and Tom Lynch both in ripping form, while Gary Ablett, Dion Prestia and co will have their hands full trying to curtail the red-hot Swans midfield. Looks to be just one result here.
The 6 Points
1. The Swans weren’t troubled by the Suns the last time they played, winning disposals (416-319), tackles (56-43), inside 50s (70-44), and scoring shots (32-19). Josh Kennedy was best on ground with 31 disposals and two goals.
2. Since round six the Suns have lost five consecutive matches by an average margin of 87 points, conceding 151 points a game while kicking just 64 points themselves.
3. Gold Coast is yet to defeat the Swans from six attempts. Four games have been decided by more than 50 points, while the closest margin has been 35 points.
4. The Swans are a strong contested marking side this season, averaging 13.6 a game while Gold Coast has struggled in this area, ranked equal 14th at 10.4 a game.
5. The Swans are the top-ranked side so far in 2016 for contested possessions with 163.6 a game. In contrast, the Suns are ranked 17th at 130.2 a game.
6. Swan Dan Hannebery has scorched to a career-high 19th overall in the AFL Official Player Ratings following last week’s 34-disposal, one goal game against the Kangaroos.
MJ’s Tip: Swans by 100
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