Venue: MCG at 1:10pm (AEST)
LAST FIVE TIMES
R9, 2017, GWS 11.12 (78) d Richmond 10.15 (75) at Spotless Stadium
R19, 2016, GWS 17.9 (111) d Richmond 3.5 (23) at Manuka Oval
R14, 2015, Richmond 10.18 (78) d GWS 10.9 (69) at the MCG
R19, 2014, Richmond 13.11 (89) d GWS 8.14 (62) at the MCG
R10, 2014, Richmond 24.10 (154) d GWS 5.11 (41) at Spotless Stadium
Game notes: There wasn’t much convincing about Richmond’s 31-point win over the Brisbane Lions and a significant lift will be required to get past Greater Western Sydney in a crunch game for both clubs. It hasn’t been a good fortnight for the Tigers, who are struggling to turn their inside 50s into quality scoring opportunities and putting their top-four ambitions at risk. Another brilliant performance from a rampaging Dustin Martin made sure the Lions never seriously challenged, but there are cracks the Tigers need to address. A win against the Giants would get their season back on track in a big way, while putting the Giants’ top-four prospects on shaky ground. GWS has not won a game for three weeks, drawing with Geelong and Hawthorn before a 13-point loss to Sydney. The Giants need a confidence-boosting win as much as the Tigers, which should make for an absorbing, high-stakes clash at the MCG. The winner will emerge buoyed going into the final five rounds.
Hutta’s Tip: GWS by 40 points.
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