GEELONG CATS V WEST COAST EAGLES PREDICTION
FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 13 – 7:50 PM AEST
The 2019 AFL Finals series moves into its second week this Friday night when Geelong and West Coast clash at the MCG.
If form over the last 12 weeks is any guide, Geelong will win here. They have not had back-to-back wins or losses in this period and last weekend they lost a tough low scoring contest with Collingwood 51-61. Geelong never had the lead against the Pies and trailed by 3 goals after the first quarter and at halftime. They were down by 4 majors after the third term, but came home strong to score 2 goals 3 to nil, but it wasn’t enough as they went down by ten points.
West Coast trailed Essendon by a goal twice during the first half of the opening quarter, but then kicked into gear and never looked back. They rounded out the first term with 4 goals to 1. They extended their lead by a goal at halftime and another goal after the third term, before 3 quick goals in the final term saw them finish with an emphatic 55 point win.
Geelong won the last encounter between these two sides, back in Round 6 by 104-58.
Cats: Tom Atkins, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cunico, Lachie Fogarty, Jake Kolodjashnij.
Eagles: Jarrod Brander, Shannon Hurn, Nic Naitanui, Daniel Venables.
Milestones: Luke Shuey will play his 200th club and career game.
BRISBANE LIONS V GWS GIANTS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 14 – 7:25 PM AEST
AFL Finals prediction for this match are going to be hard to make, given the stark contrast in form for each side last weekend.
After winning 9 straight games leading into their last Round loss, Brisbane looked to be in great form. They lost by 27 points to Richmond in the final round of the regular season, which ensured they would play the Tigers again in Week 1 of the finals. The Lions let in 2 goals before kicking 4 majors to 1 to close out the first term with a 2 goal lead. But it was all downhill from there. The Tigers kicked 4 goals to nil in the second term and then an immense 7 goals to 2 in the third and 4 goals to 2 in the final to stroll to a big 47 point victory.
The Giants conceded a goal after just 20 seconds of play, but they rallied to take a 1 goal lead into the second term. They then kicked the next 2 majors before the Dogs snared 3 straight to reduce the margin to just 3 points, but GWS again took control to have a 10 point lead at halftime. After the break, GWS exploded out of the blocks and took the game right away from the Bulldogs, kicking 6 goals to 2 in the third term and 4 goals to 1 in the final to romp home to a 58 point win.
Brisbane won their last games against GWS, back in Round 16 by 20 points.
Lions: Allen Christensen, Tom Joyce.
Giants: Stephen Coniglio, Brett Deledio, Matt Flynn, Toby Greene, Nick Haynes, Jacob Hopper, Zac Langdon, Jonathon Patton, Callan Ward.
Milestones: Brett Deledio needs 3 goals to reach 200 for his career.
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