RICHMOND TIGERS V GWS GIANTS GRAND FINAL PREDICTION
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 28 – 2:30 PM AEST
The 2019 AFL Finals series will reach its conclusion on the weekend when Richmond takes on the GWS Giants in the 2019 AFL Grand Final.
Richmond have been the top side for the last 3 years, reaching the Grand Final in 2017 and now 2019, while in 2018 they were at the top of the table and reached the Preliminary Final. They’ll be up against one of the two youngest sides in the current AFL competition, Greater Western Sydney. GWS will be making their debut appearance in a Grand Final. Both sides are on their longest winning streaks of the season, Richmond at 11 and GWS with 4.
AFL Grand Final betting is leaning towards Richmond to bag their second title in 3 years, however the AFL Grand Final odds for GWS aren’t exactly long either. GWS has shown plenty of tenacity this year, winning several games in tight contests. They will be ready and more than capable of getting the win.
But can they stop this Richmond juggernaut that has seen them win all of their last 11 games? Richmond are playing as if they’ve forgotten how to lose. GWS will be sweating on Stephen Coniglio’s and Brett Deledio’s fitness results this week, as they will both be huge additions to their side.
After breaking through for their first Premiership in 37 years in 2017, Richmond followed up the next season at the top of the ladder and a strong chance to go back-to-back. After beating Hawthorn in the first week of the finals, they earnt a week off, however they struggled against a strong Collingwood side and fell a game short of the Grand Final.
2019 saw them have a steady start, struggling to maintain good form for more than a few weeks. In Round 14, when they had their bye, Richmond were sitting in 9th place, due to their poorer percentage. After the bye though, they came out and were unstoppable, winning all 9 games leading into the Finals.
They hammered the in-form Lions in Week 1 of the finals by 47 points, which gave them a week off.
Last weekend they came up against Geelong. The Tigers jumped out of the blocks fast to be 2 goals clear midway through the first term. The Cats then kicked the next 5 goals and at halftime, they lead 50-29. Then Richmond shifted up a gear and Geelong couldn’t compete. The Tigers kicked 8 goals to 2 in the second half to streak away with a 19 point victory, and advanced to their second Grand Final in 3 years.
Richmond Results 2019
Round 1 – WON v Carlton 97-64
Round 2 – LOST v Collingwood 66-110
Round 3 – LOST v GWS 76-125
Round 4 – WON v Port Adelaide 99-92
Round 5 – WON v Sydney 89-67
Round 6 – WON v Melbourne 85-42
Round 7 – LOST v Western Bulldogs 52-99
Round 8 – WON v Fremantle 111-86
Round 9 – WON v Hawthorn 95-59
Round 10 – WON v Essendon 73-50
Round 11 – LOST v North Melbourne 62-99
Round 12 – LOST v Geelong 37-104
Round 13 – LOST v Adelaide 68-101
Round 14 – BYE
Round 15 – WON v St.Kilda 103-70
Round 16 – WON v Gold Coast 150-58
Round 17 – WON v GWS 94-67
Round 18 – WON v Port Adelaide 101-63
Round 19 – WON v Collingwood 98-66
Round 20 – WON v Melbourne 93-60
Round 21 – WON v Carlton 73-45
Round 22 – WON v West Coast 88-82
Round 23 – WON v Brisbane 82-55
Qualifying Final – WON v Brisbane 112-65
Preliminary Final – WON v Geelong 85-66
Jake Aarts, Jack Higgins, Alex Rance, Sydney Stack.
Greater Western Sydney Giants
GWS will be appearing in their first Grand Final, after what had been a solid but not overly brilliant season. They have though saved their best for when they needed it most.
They were never woeful, playing reasonably consistent football all year, evidenced by the fact that they sat inside the top 6 all year long. During the regular season their biggest winning run was 3 games, which they achieved twice, however right now they have won their last 4 straight games, the last 3 of which have been finals matches, where a loss meant elimination.
They hammered the Bulldogs in week 1 with a commanding 113-55 victory. They then survived a mighty Lions fightback, to kick a late goal for a 3 point victory.
Last weekend, the Giants came up against Collingwood, in what was a tough and low scoring contest. At halftime, only 5 goals had been kicked, 2 by the Giants, as they trailed 20-17. After the major break, GWS came out and kicked 5 unanswered goals to streak away to a 26 point lead, only for Collingwood to stage a rally of their own, as they kicked 4 majors to 1 in the final term, setting up a thrilling finish, however the Giants hung on for a tight 4 point victory, 56-52, and advance to their first ever Grand Final.
Greater Western Sydney Results 2019
Round 1 – WON v Essendon 112-40
Round 2 – LOST v West Coast 52-104
Round 3 – WON v Richmond 125-76
Round 4 – WON v Geelong 79-75
Round 5 – LOST v Fremantle 82-106
Round 6 – WON v Sydney 120-79
Round 7 – WON v St.Kilda 114-70
Round 8 – LOST v Hawthorn 38-71
Round 9 – WON v Carlton 138-45
Round 10 – WON v Melbourne 94-68
Round 11 – WON v Gold Coast 126-43
Round 12 – LOST v Adelaide 61-82
Round 13 – WON v North Melbourne 91-68
Round 14 – BYE
Round 15 – LOST v Essendon 71-77
Round 16 – LOST v Brisbane 74-94
Round 17 – LOST v Richmond 67-94
Round 18 – WON v Collingwood 122-75
Round 19 – WON v Port Adelaide 56-55
Round 20 – WON v Sydney 83-81
Round 21 – LOST v Hawthorn 29-85
Round 22 – LOST V Western Bulldogs 65-126
Round 23 – WON v Gold Coast 127-55
Elimination Final – WON v Western Bulldogs 113-55
Semi Final – WON v Brisbane 83-80
Preliminary Final – WON v Collingwood 56-52
Stephen Coniglio, Brett Deledio, Matt Flynn, Jonathon Patton, Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield.
Milestones: Brett Deledio needs 3 goals to reach 200 for his career.
All markets for the AFL Grand Final can be found here. Aside from picking the winner, there are also markets for first goal scorer, the time that the first goal is kicked and a host of head to head markets.
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