Richmond Tigers: $9 at Sportsbet
Geelong Cats: $3.50
Richmond Tigers: 6th, 7-4, 101.3%
Geelong Cats: 1st, 10-1, 144.9%
Richmond Tigers: LWWWL
Geelong Cats: WWWWW
Richmond Tigers: Lost to North Melbourne, 99-62
Geelong Cats: Won over Sydney, 85-63
Two premiership contenders will do battle at the MCG when Richmond host Geelong this Friday night.
The two felines encountered each other twice last season in thrilling matches, with the Tigers winning both by close margins.
The only thing that separated the clubs at the end of their second match was a wayward kick from Gary Ablett, who had the chance to put the Cats ahead in the dying moments.
Geelong sits comfortably on top of the ladder with two wins and percentage ahead of the second-placed GWS Giants.
Damian Hardwick’s Tigers have been good but not great, falling short last week to the Roos by over six goals.
Geelong ruckman Rhys Stanley is expected to return to the main group for this clash – a major boost for the Cats with Toby Nankervis still sidelined for Richmond.
The winner of this match will firm even further in 2019 AFL Premiership betting, so here are our tips for the blockbuster Friday night match.
Richmond vs Geelong Round 12 player disposals tips
Dustin Martin to get 30 disposals @ $3.25 at Sportsbet
To say Dustin Martin is back to his best would be incorrect, but he has taken massive steps towards his 2017 Brownlow Medal form. He played forward last week and kicked three goals and a behind. Against the amazing midfield that Geelong possesses, Martin will need to win the ball out of the centre for Richmond to stand a chance.
Gary Ablett Jr to get 20 disposals @ $1.57
The little master hasn’t had odds this good since his debut season. Gary Ablett is averaging just over 20 disposals per match but has rarely played a bad game against the Tigers. He was once the game’s best player and will revive his midfield prowess in a strong performance against the Tigers.
Tigers vs Cats Round 12 goalscorer betting
Josh Caddy to kick two goals
Before Josh Caddy became a premiership Tiger, he was once part of the Geelong Football Club. He has a habit of playing well against the Cats, kicking a goal every time he has faced his old team. Now that Caddy is in form and playing good footy, he will go forward and boot a brace on Friday night.
Gary Rohan to kick two goals
It was a sad day for Gary Rohan last week when he faced the club he once played for, but what made it worse was his abysmal performance. The former Swan was unable to impact the game and only had four touches. He will bounce back this week and kick a couple of goals against the undermanned Tigers.
Richmond vs Geelong Round 12 Tri Bet tip
Either team by less than 15 points @ $2.50
We expect both sides to play hard and fast footy this Friday night in a close match at the MCG. Richmond needs to bounce back from its poor performance against the Kangaroos, whilst the Cats have won seven matches consecutively.
Tigers vs Cats Round 12 match predictions
Match result: Richmond Tigers to win @ $2.35 at Sportsbet
Line betting: Richmond Tigers +9.5 @ $1.90
The upset is on the table this week as the Tigers have beaten the Cats in the last three encounters. Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin will carry the midfield, while Bachar Houli is providing career-best run off half-back. Back the Tigers in a close one.
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