Where and when: Giants Stadium, Saturday June 1, 1.45pm AEST
Last time they met: Giants Stadium, round 12, 2018: GWS 20.14 (134) defeated Gold Coast 4.2 (26)
The home side was inaccurate early but kicked 18.8 after quarter-time to romp to a three-figure win. Jeremy Cameron’s six goals and 26 possessions snared him three Brownlow Medal votes, while Josh Kelly (40 disposals and two goals), Lachie Whitfield (36 touches), Callan Ward (34 possessions, 10 clearances and two goals) and Jacob Hopper (29 touches and 12 clearances) also dominated.
What it means for GWS: They won’t talk about it publicly, but Saturday’s clash is a massive chance for the Giants to boost their percentage. Spots are going to be tight at the top of the ladder at the end of the season, so any opportunity to get an advantage must be taken.
What it means for Gold Coast: Taking on the Giants on the road is a big test for the Suns and they can continue to build respect from the rest of the League with a spirited showing. They pushed the ladder-leading Cats last week before falling away late. They will need to maintain their intensity for this one.
How GWS wins: The Giants’ tall forwards looks to be the Suns’ biggest worry with Jeremy Cameron, Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Finlayson in superb form, and all dangerous in the air and at ground level. If the Giants’ mids gain control, those forwards will get plenty of chances.
How Gold Coast wins: The visitors must bring intensity and pressure around the contest from the opening bounce and deny the Giants any easy footy. If they don’t get blown away early and can stay in the game as long as possible, anything can happen.
The stat: The Giants won the clearances 54-36 in last year’s thrashing despite some lopsided hitout numbers (76-29) after (former) GWS ruckman Rory Lobb was injured. If the Suns give up that sort of advantage around stoppages on Saturday, they’re in for another long day.
The match-up: Jeremy Cameron v Jack Hombsch
The Coleman Medal leader bounced back from two weeks without a goal to kick three against Melbourne and has shown in the past he can sniff a big haul when he’s up against lower-ranked teams. Cameron will be a stiff test for his former Giants teammate.
It’s a big week for: Shane Mumford
The aggressive big man was well-beaten by Max Gawn last week and will give up another height advantage to Jarrod Witts in round 11. Mumford is an intense competitor and will set himself for the challenge of taking down the Gold Coast ruckman.
Big call: Cameron has booted 21 goals in his past four outings against the Suns and he’ll enjoy another afternoon out this week with a career-best eight majors.
Mottsy’s Tip: GWS by 1,000,000 points
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