Our AFL experts have come up with some juicy stats for the four Qualifying Finals in Week 1.
Will they be spot on or can some of the teams buck the trend?
Adelaide (15-6-1) v GWS (14-6-2)
Adelaide has won seven of their eight clashes against GWS including a thumping win in Round 1 at the Adelaide Oval. This was the only time the sides met in 2017.
Adelaide won 22.15 (147) to 14.7 (91) with Eddie Betts and Jeremy Cameron both kicking a game high four goals and Rory Laird collecting a game high 40 disposals.
Adelaide has lost consecutive matches after a seven-match unbeaten streak (six wins and a draw).
GWS’ loss to Geelong broke a four-match winning run.
Adelaide has a great record at home this year going 9-3 at the Adelaide Oval this season.
Matthew Crouch has collected 726 disposals this season which is the most of any player in the finals.
Geelong (15-6-1) v Richmond (15-7)
These two proud Victorian clubs have met surprisingly few times in the finals. One of those times was way back in the 1967 Grand Final with Richmond coming out victorious by nine points.
Geelong has a great recent record against Richmond having won 13 straight matches against the Tigers.
The sides met once this season with Geelong winning 11.14 (80) to 9.12 (66) in Round 21 at Simonds Stadium.
Harry Taylor kicked a game high four goals with Patrick Dangerfield collecting a game high 30 disposals.
Richmond are 9-2 at the MCG this season (7-7 last season).
The last time they met in the postseason was in the 1995 Preliminary Final. Geelong won that game 20.9 (129) to 6.4 (40) at Waverley Park.
Sydney (14-8) v Essendon (12-10)
The Sydney Swans are the form team of the competition having lost to only one team in the league since Round 6. That was against Hawthorn – twice!
Then Swans are looking to create history by becoming the first side in the history of the VFL/AFL to lose the first six games of the season and go on to make the Grand Final.
The sides met once this season with the Swans winning by just one point saluting 11.20 (86) to 12.13 (85) in Round 14 at the SCG.
In this match no individual player kicked three goals or more with Josh Kennedy having a game high 36 disposals.
Sydney has won four straight matches and 11 of their last 12.
Essendon has won back-to-back matches and three of their last four.
Sydney has won seven consecutive meetings over Essendon with the Bombers last win at the SCG in Round 11 in 2010.
The last time these sides met in a final was the 1999 Qualifying Final. Played at the MCG, Essendon came out with the win 18.15 (123) to 7.12 (54).
Port Adelaide (14-8) v West Coast (12-10)
Port Adelaide’s victory in Round 16 this season was their first over West Coast in four attempts and bizarrely it has been the away side that has the better record when these sides clash.
West Coast has struggled away from home in recent years but has an excellent record at the Adelaide Oval, having won five times in six attempts.
The sides clashed twice this season. The clash at the Adelaide Oval was in Round 7 with the Eagles winning by 10 points. Chad Wingard had a game high 34 disposals with Mark LeCras kicking a game high four goals.
This season: West Coast won 15.7 (97) to 12.15 (87) in Round 7 at the Adelaide Oval
Port Adelaide won 18.12 (120) to 13.10 (88) in Round 16 at Domain Stadium
The sides come into the game with different form, Port Adelaide has won three straight matches and four of their last five with West Coast alternating wins and losses in their last 11 matches.
Only time these sides have met in a final was the 2007 Qualifying Final. Port Adelaide won 9.14 (68) to 9.11 (65) at AAMI Park.