Hawthorn Hawks: 5th
Geelong Cats: 9th
Hawthorn Hawks: $21.00
Geelong Cats: $13.00
Hawthorn Hawks: WLWWW
Geelong Cats: WLWWL
Round 20 Result:
Hawthorn Hawks: Win over Essendon, 107 – 103
Geelong Cats: Loss to Richmond 85 – 82
These two sides have a long and proud history of putting on some of the best clashes seen in the last two decades of AFL football.
The mighty Hawthorn Hawks will host the Geelong Cats at the MCG this Saturday afternoon.
After their defeat in the memorable 2008 Grand Final, the Cats took their revenge, compiling an 11-game winning streak against the Alastair Clarkson’s men. Since that streak ended times have changed. Hawthorn won the matchup earlier in the season and will fancy their chances again this week.
Geelong came close to beating the Tigers at the MCG last week, only to be defeated by a mere three points — the closest anyone has been to beating the Tigers at the MCG since the commencement of their 19-win streak at the venue.
The Hawks spread their wings last round against the red-hot Bombers. Young Harry Morrison was rewarded for his great effort with the rising star nomination after a 22-disposal effort in the win.
Easter Monday was one of the best matches that has been played so far this season. Geelong held a strong lead until the last quarter when the Hawks stormed home, kicking the last four goals of the game and stealing one of the best victories of the season.
This is going to be one the best games round 21 has on offer. Winning this match carries extreme significance for finals calculations. Geelong has the chance to enter the top eight once again and Hawthorn needs to hold its spot if it wants to keep top four hopes alive.
Here are our tips for this massive Saturday afternoon clash.
Hawthorn Hawks vs. Geelong Cats Round 21 – Player Specials Tips
Jaeger O’Meara to get 25 @ $1.45
In his last match against the Cats, O’Meara found the footy 21 times, which was in his second game of the season since coming back from his ongoing knee injuries. As the season has progressed O’Meara has improved drastically. In his latest match, Jaeger hit the 30 disposal mark in empathic fashion. This match and its potential wet conditions will suit O’Meara and he will be able to exceed 25 touches on the day.
Undeniably, Tim Kelly has been a revolution since been drafted as a mature age prospect. With a disposal average higher than some of the league’s best players, Kelly has nearly played at an All Australian level. Kelly has a higher disposal average than Trent Cotchin and Jordan Lewis, who are known for their accumulation of the ball. With that in mind, it is easy to justify these odds.
Hawthorn Hawks vs. Geelong Cats Round 21 – Total Goals Tips
Hawthorn Hawks 10.5 Over/Under
Under @ $1.96
Wet weather footy seems likely, given the coming forecast. With that in mind, it is fair to assume the Hawks will not score as highly as they usually would. Geelong will regain defender Tom Stewart for this clash — a player who should make a huge difference to the Cats’ defensive end. Marc Blicavs has also ascended to a new level in 2018 and matches up well with the Hawks’ talls.
Geelong Cats 11.5 Over/Under
Over @ $1.88
Last week the Cats kicked 12 goals against the best defence in the league, the Tigers. Kicking 12 against Richmond is the equivalent of kicking 16 goals against most other sides. Hawthorn’s defence has been solid this season, but when they need to cover Daniel Menzel and the fired up Tom Hawkins, they will not be able to cope with the pressure.
Hawthorn Hawks vs. Geelong Cats Round 21 – Wire to Wire Tip
Any Other Result @ $2.00
These matches are known for being close and filled with drama. With this information in mind the best option for the wire to wire is the any other result option. We expect a classic match that should have a change in leader from one break to another.
Hawks vs. Cats Match Predictions
Match Result: Geelong Cats to Win @ $1.68
Line Betting: Hawthorn Hawks + 5.5 @ $1.92
Without a doubt this match is one to keep an eye on. The past rivalry between these clubs still burns strong. It will be the Cats that take the victory on this day, but beware of the Hawks who are playing for a top four position.
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