Geelong Cats vs. Sydney Swans
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Geelong Cats vs. Sydney Swans
2018 premiership oddsGeelong Cats: $7 @ CrownBet.com.auSydney Swans: $6.50 @ CrownBet.com.au
Form guideGeelong Cats: WLLWWSydney Swans: WLWWL
Round 5 resultGeelong Cats: Win over Port Adelaide, 84-50Sydney Swans: Loss to Adelaide, 75-85
By Nathan Marotta
Saturday, 28th April, 1:45 pm AEDT, 2018, GMHBA Stadium, Watch on Seven Network and on Fox Footy
THE Geelong Cats will host the Sydney Swans at GMHBA stadium in a fascinating Saturday afternoon encounter.
After the Cats celebrated a positive performance against Port Adelaide in round 5, they will now have to back it up against a Swans outfit coming off a loss and backed against a corner, without some of their best players.
Sydney will be without the million dollar man, Lance Franklin, who is dealing with an ongoing heel injury. It’s been a while since Franklin has missed a game for the Swans, so how the team covers his absence will be interesting.
Buddy isn’t the only issue for the Swans as they have to manage Dan Hannebery’s groin as well.
Geelong will still miss Gary Ablett for an extended period of time. His recent hamstring scan revealed a more severe tear than expected, which inevitably results in a longer recovering time.
Aside from injuries, Geelong spent some time at the tribunal this week, which resulted in a second victory for the club. Joel Selwood was given the all clear and is now free from suspension following a scuffle with Port’s Lindsay Thomas.
The bookmakers have supplied us punters with some great value, here’s our tips for the upcoming match.
Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans Round 6 – Any Player To tips
Any Player to get 40 Disposals Yes/No
No @ $1.04 with Sportsbet
Sydney’s midfield have an incredible ability to even almost every contest. Josh Kennedy had a poor game by the numbers last week, but no other midfielder for Adelaide had 25 touches. This is important because it’s not the Swans players that are going to get 40 touches, it’s Dangerfield and Selwood. The Swans seasoned veterans will be capable of reducing the accumulation from the Geelong champions. The short odds will fit in your multi nicely this week.
Any Player to Kick 5 Goals Yes/No
One of the biggest threats to this bet isn’t participating in the game this week. Without Franklin, Sydney will rely on a spread of goal kickers. Geelong has a few players capable of kicking a bag, but they are not in the best of form right now. Daniel Menzel only kicked the one goal last week and we suspect he stays quiet again for this match.
Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans Round 6 – Player Specials tips
Jake Lloyd to get 25 disposals @ $1.45 with William Hill
Jake Lloyd is a specialist at winning his ball late in every quarter. His fitness is evident when you watch him play. The run from the backline has to come from someone and Jake Lloyd is the man at the Swans. If Sydney look to ice the game at any point, be ready for Jake to run hard to supply a teammate an option across half back.
Menegola was clearly in the best afield for the Cats last week. One of Sam’s assets is his tackling ability. Sam laid seven last week and we think he can do it again. With the inside ability of the Sydney midfield, Sam Menegola will be given the job to negate any chance of a clearance. The $2 odds are quiet large and we think Sam can make this bet worth its price.
Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans Round 6 – Margin tips
Either team to win by less than 24.5 @ $1.90 with Ladbrokes
Injuries don’t phase John Longmire as he clearly believes in the depth of his club. Sydney are known for pushing through tough times and grinding out matches until the end. Geelong are far from fit when you view its injury list, so we predict this game will be closer than many punter would think when they glance by the odds.
Geelong vs. Sydney match predictions
Match Result: Geelong to Win @ $1.40 with CrownBet
Line Betting: Sydney +17.5 @ $1.92 with CrownBet
After five rounds of football it’s still difficult to identify which teams are good and which teams are great. We still believe the Swans are one of the league’s finest, similarly Geelong also fit that category. Geelong to win, but not by as much as you may have thought, less than three goals.
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