Can the Hawks keep a miracle season alive?
Hawthorn has won three premierships in the past four years but what they are doing this year could be most incredible.
The Hawks were second favourite to win the wooden spoon at various stages throughout the season with their future appearing to be in tatters. Despite that Hawthorn are still kicking and have won back-to-back matches and four of their past six while another result worthy of mention in there is a draw against Greater Western Sydney.
The Hawks kept their season alive with an upset win over the Sydney Swans last week and again enter the game this week as a betting outsider.
The negative for Hawthorn is that they lose inspirational veteran Luke Hodge to suspension. Despite the fact Hodge is retiring at the end of the season he is still extremely valuable to the Hawks and offers them structure defensively.
Richmond has been a big improver this season and after a workmanlike victory over the Gold Coast Suns last week can move back into the top four with a win over the Hawks.
This game promises to be a cracker but the Hawks have pulled so many rabbits out of the hat in the past month we anticipate eventually their luck will run out.
Richmond welcome back spearhead Jack Riewoldt from a nasty eye injury and not only does he provide a focal point up front, he also attracts the key defender and as a result the Tigers will capitalise on their speed in the forward half.
A win here for Richmond will lock in a finals berth and all but end the season for Hawthorn.
In an open season Richmond does have the firepower to go deep into September if they stay healthy so they might be worth a small bet at the $51 still on offer @ Luxbet to win their first premiership since 1980.
Shaun Grigg had 17 disposals last week and looks a good roughie to gain the most from Group B.
RICHMOND UNDER 39.5
SHAUN GRIGG MOST DISPOSALS GROUP B