Will the Tigers win their first finals match since 2001?
From a betting perspective the Friday night blockbuster between Geelong and Richmond is the closest match of the weekend. After finishing second on the ladder, the Cats come into this game as the slightest of favourites and will be encouraged by the fact they have beaten Richmond 13 straight times.
Geelong will come into this game full of confidence after dismantling fellow premiership contender GWS by 44 points.
The biggest positive for Geelong is that they will welcome back inspirational skipper Joel Selwood from what initially appeared to be a season ending injury.
Selwood will help the Geelong midfield get first use of the ball and watch for his running partner Patrick Dangerfield to be the main beneficiary of this. He is once again in line for a big game.
The teams clashed in Round 21 and despite missing a host of key players Geelong won by 14 points.
Dangerfield was outstanding collecting a game high 30 disposals and again looks a good bet for the most while Harry Taylor pushed forward to kick a game high four goals and again should challenge the Richmond defence.
Richmond has been the surprise packed of the season with few experts predicting they would feature in the finals this season, let alone finish in the top four.
Not only has Richmond struggled against Geelong, they have a horrendous record in finals.
Richmond has not won a postseason match since 2001 and the yellow and black have won just two finals games since losing the 1982 Grand Final. The pressure is building on Richmond who will desperately want to avoid a potential clash with Sydney in Week 2.
When the sides last met in a final the Cats won by 89 points and while we don’t expect the margin to be that big, they should again be too strong.
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Patrick Dangerfield had a game high 30 disposals when these sides last met and looks a good bet to gain the most.
PATRICK DANGERFIELD 30+ DISPOSALS