A mouth-watering contest to start Round 20.
What a great way to start this week’s matches but both sides will be fielding teams without their best midfielder.
Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield has his chances of back-to-back Brownlow Medal’s dashed after he was controversially suspended for a week while Sydney workhorse Josh Kennedy has been sidelined for one match too.
Geelong has turned Simmonds Stadium in an absolute fortress; the Cats have won 15 of their past 16 matches at the ground and are undefeated at the venue this season after going 7-1 last year.
The negative for the Cats is that the one defeat at home in the past two seasons was against Sydney.
The Swans won by 38 points in Round 16 at Simonds Stadium last season and ended Geelong’s finals campaign, trouncing them by 37 points in the Preliminary Final.
Sydney has been the form team of the AFL since losing their first six games of the season, losing just twice and both of those were to Hawthorn but at the same time have shown the football world why they started last year’s Grand Final as clear favourites.
While both sides are missing their best midfielder, the Swans have much more depth in that department and will expose the Cats without Dangerfield.
In the Prelim Final, Dangerfield and skipper Joel Selwood both had 39 disposals and if the Cats are going to win this match then Selwood will have to produce a big game and looks a nice bet to rack up the most touches.
Sydney forward Lance Franklin was awful last Friday night and will be keen to kick a match-winning bag of goals and shed the criticism that he constantly disappoints on the big stage.
Franklin just kicked one goal and is now equal second in the race for the Coleman Medal race with 51 goals, two behind new leader and favourite Joe Daniher.
Look for Franklin to bounce back with a bag.
Joel Selwood had 39 disposals, an equal high, when these sides last met and looks a good bet to gain the most touches. The $7.50 @ Sportsbet for him to get 35 or more looks awfully tempting.
SYDNEY UNDER 39.5
JOEL SELWOOD 35 DISPOSALS OR MORE