The questions are starting to mount of GWS’s legitimacy as premiership contenders.
Greater Western Sydney was supposed to win the premiership in a cake walk this season with their star-studded list. They have come crashing back to down to earth, winning just one game since Round 11 and that was against the last-placed Brisbane.
Recent history is on the side of GWS who have won their past two games against Richmond after the Tigers had won five straight before that.
These teams played a classic in Round 9 at Spotless Stadium when the Giants overhauled a six-goal deficit to win by three points in controversial circumstances after the Tigers had a match-winning goal overturned.
Richmond has been one of the surprise packets of the season and look set to play finals for the fourth time in five years. They head into this having won three of their past four matches and Dustin Martin a genuine contender for the Brownlow Medal.
Martin had a game high 35 disposals when these sides clashed last and would have certainly taken the three Brownlow votes last week in the win over Brisbane, where he collected 30 touches and booted two goals.
There are serious question marks over Greater Western Sydney but we have a slight leaning towards them to bounce back and keep their top two chances alive with a win.
The Giants have only won once at the MCG and that was back in 2014 against Melbourne, but if they are going to emerge as a genuine contender they simply must learn to win at the ground where the Grand Final is always played.
Ironically the Giants game style looks suited to the MCG with their excellent leg speed, run and carry mentality and host of key marking targets up forward.
The Giants will be boosted by the return of Coleman Medal candidate Jeremy Cameron who will be the key and should provide a fascinating duel with Alex Rance.
Josh Kelly had 32 disposals when these teams met last and looks a good chance to gain the most.
JOSH KELLY MOST DISPOSALS