Can the Tigers take a huge step towards a rare finals appearance?
Richmond silenced the critics by finally winning a close game last week when they recovered from an early deficit to eventually run over the top of Essendon by 15 points. Meanwhile, North Melbourne come into the game having kept their season alive by eventually running away from Carlton.
Ben Cunnington has had a stellar season for the Kangaroos but he put in his worst game of the season last week collecting just 17 touches and had minimal impact.
Cunnington will bounce back this week and looks one of the better chances on the night to cover his over disposals and could be a bolter for the Group A Most Disposals, although Tiger Dustin Martin again looks the man to beat.
Martin was back to his best against the Bombers last week; he won the medal for best on ground and will again prove the difference.
Martin has not only been a ball magnet for the Tigers this season, he has pushed forward and given Jack Riewoldt a chop out from a goal scoring point of view.
Riewoldt is one of the best shots at goal in the competition, however, he had a rare bad night against the Bombers last week and we anticipate the dual Coleman Medalist will bounce back with a bang.
We are keen on Riewoldt to kick both the first goal ($7.50 @ Sportsbet) and most goals in this clash and he might also be worth looking at long term to win the Coleman Medal.
Riewoldt has snagged 27 goals this reason which is seven off the lead, but he is one of the few players in contention that plays deep forward.
The Tigers have won just two finals matches since 1982 but with a win here they look primed for a September assault. For those Tiger fans daring to dream they are $34 to win the club’s 11th flag in 2017.
Jack Riewoldt has kicked 27 goals this season and we are on him to boot the most majors.
JACK RIEWOLDT FIRST GOAL