Geelong Cats vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants
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Geelong Cats vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants
2018 premiership odds:Geelong Cats: $10 @ CrownBet.com.auGreater Western Sydney Giants: $8 @ CrownBet.com.au
Form guide:Geelong Cats: LLWWLGreater Western Sydney Giants: WLWDW
Round 6 result:Geelong Cats: Loss to Sydney, 69-86Greater Western Sydney Giants: Win over Brisbane, 77-43
By Nathan Marotta
Friday, 4th May, 7:50 pm AEDT, 2018, GMHBA Stadium, Watch on Seven Network and on Fox Footy Network
For the first time this AFL season, the best game of the round will be under the bright lights on Friday night.
After suffering a disappointing loss last week to the Swans, Geelong will enter the game as favourites on their home deck — a curious situation considering they are hosting the most talented team in the competition, the Giants.
GWS played subpar against the Lions and only managed to win by 34 points in Round 6. Head coach Leon Cameron was unimpressed by the performance and has called upon his leaders to step up their game this week against the powerful Geelong.
Injuries have played a major role across both team’s 2018 seasons, robbing each club of their better players. Geelong will be without its more recognisable players such as Daniel Menzel and Gary Ablett Jr for this clash unless they pass the fitness tests in time for the match.
The Giants haven’t had any luck with injury either. Josh Kelly was predicted to take the next step this season and become one of the league’s elite. Sadly for Kelly, groin soreness has put his season on hold for a month.
Veteran Giant Brett Deledio has turned back the clock in the last few weeks and looks like he is back to his very best. After consecutive near-best on ground performances, GWS finally looks like getting a substantial return on their investment in him.
Geelong mature age rookie Tim Kelly continues to impress. Kelly was a shining light in the embarrassing loss to the Swans last week with his contested game, matching it with the best team in that area, the Swans. Kelly also kicked his sixth goal of the season, continuing his average of one per match.
The most anticipated match in round six should be enjoyed by punters, here’s our tips to keep the excitement going for the whole match.
Geelong Cats vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants Round 7 – Player Special Tips
Tom Stewart to get 20 touches @ $3.10 with Sportsbet
This boy from the country has taken his game to the next level in 2018. Playing a new role in defence has boosted the amount of touches Tom accumulates and the confidence he plays with. Zach Tuohy is in poor form, which is bad for Geelong, but great for Stewart. The team will look for Stewart when penetratring GWS’s defensive zone. A smokey for 20 touches at $3.10, Stewart has a great opportunity to find the footy against the Giants this round.
The idea is very straight forward. GWS want to win, Cameron is their best forward. If the Giants have any chance of winning on the road at the Cattery, Jeremy Cameron will need to dominate the match by kicking a bag of goals. Two majors won’t be too difficult for the gun forward, as the Cats still find themselves without Harry Taylor and Lachie Henderson, their two best match-ups for Cameron.
Geelong Cats vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants Round 7 – ‘Race To’ Tips
Race to 5 behinds
GWS @ $2.14 with Ladbrokes
GWS has kicked 36 behinds in the last fortnight, the most in the league. The poor kicking will continue in this match for the first quarter in our eyes. They are the longer odds make the bet more valuable, a genuine chance considering how badly they have kicked so far in 2018.
Race to 35 points
We consider the Giants to be a stronger side right now. Even with the home field advantage, we think the Giants will jump earlier than the Cats and be the first team to 35 points. GWS midfielder Stephen Coniglio will play a pivotal role in getting his team off to a great start. Stephen is currently playing his best footy since been taken in the 2011 draft at #2.
Geelong Cats vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants Round 7 – Margin Tip
Either team under 15.5 points @ $2.63 with Sportsbet
The bookmakers have given us fair value for a close match. We feel as if this match will be the closest match of the round and be within a two-goal margin at the final siren, making the 15.5 a decent bracket to score within. Geelong head Coach Chris Scott will get the best out of his men, as will Leon Cameron. A close and entertaining performance from both sides is what we are in stall for. Get ready to sweat this one out until the end of the match this Friday.
Cats vs. Giants match predictions
Match Result: GWS to win @ $2.45 with CrownBet
Line Betting: GWS + 10.5 @ $1.92 with CrownBet
Unlike the bookies, we believe the Giants will overcome the Cats. The home field advantage will be very daunting for the younger Giants, but this won’t stop them from finding a way to win. If Sydney can overrun the Cats, there is very little stopping the Giants from doing the same.
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