WHEN: Friday June 22, 7.50pm
WHERE: SCG, NSW
LAST TIME: Sydney Swans 15.9 (99) d Geelong 12.14 (86), round 23, 2011 at Simonds Stadium
B: Nicholas Smith, Heath Grundy, Alex Johnson
HB: Martin Mattner, Ted Richards, Jarrad McVeigh
C: Rhyce Shaw, Adam Goodes, Lewis Jetta
HF: Craig Bird, Sam Reid, Jude Bolton
F: Ryan O’Keefe, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Mike Pyke
Foll: Shane Mumford, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack
I/C: Daniel Hannebery, Ben McGlynn, Andrejs Everitt, Tony Armstrong
Emg: Nick Malceski, Jesse White, Trent Dennis-Lane
In: Adam Goodes, Ben McGlynn
Out: Nick Malceski, Trent Dennis-Lane
B: Tom Lonergan, Matthew Scarlett, Corey Enright
HB: Josh Hunt, Harry Taylor, Taylor Hunt
C: Steven Motlop, James Kelly, David Wojcinski
HF: Mitch Duncan, James Podsiadly, Mathew Stokes
F: Paul Chapman, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson
Foll: Trent West, Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel
I/C: Joel Corey, Andrew Mackie, Dawson Simpson, Allen Christensen
Emg: Cameron Guthrie, George Horlin-Smith, Lincoln McCarthy
In: Dawson Simpson, Allen Christensen, James Podsiadly
Out: Jesse Stringer, Cameron Guthrie, Orren Stephenson
What our experts say:
Sydney vs Geelong
Intriguing match up on Friday night in Sydney this week. The Swans have lost three games since starting the year on a hot streak, but maintain the best percentage, 137.9, of any team in the league.
Geelong is well behind on that front, languishing with 111.3%, but has pieced together three wins on the trot since losing to Collingwood in round eight. They keep doing just enough to win – but how long will that keep them in contention?
If the Cats can score a win here they likely won’t move out of seventh, as the three teams above them on 32 points, Sydney, Hawthorn and Essendon all have far superior percentages. In the past you would have quickly tipped the Cats but we’ll go for Sydney in a tight one.
SC – Jude Bolton (Syd), Jimmy Bartel (Geel)
Sydney by 10
Sydney ($1.67) vs. Geelong ($2.26):
Both teams will be fresh courtesy of the bye last week for what should be a stellar contest. The Cats have owned the Swans having won 9 of the last 10 battles with the only loss coming when the Swans snapped the Cats run of 29 straight home victories (kudos McVeigh). They regain Goodes, whose absence has been well noted when underperforming. The Swans are favoured to win this one and it is only on the back of it being staged at the SCG. I do feel the Cats are finally finding the next gear though, and a win would not surprise. For this to happen, I suspect everything will need to go right for them. That would include good performances from their forwards (Hawkins & Podsiadly) who have had up and down seasons, as well as their younger brigade of Motlop, Christensen and Duncan.
Suggested bet: Swans to win at the margin (1-39) @ $2.30