AFL Round 23 Match of the Round – Geelong V Sydney

As the season winds down ahead of the finals, the action doesn’t. This game is as important as any for both teams heading towards the business end of the competition. A win for Sydney would see them remain in the top two while Geelong need to win to move up the ladder as they attempt to avoid an interstate do-or-die match in the first week of the finals.

Geelong

The Cats are hitting form at the right end of the season and they are going to be a tough proposition at home on Saturday night. They’ve won 34 of their past 35 matches at Simonds Stadium and ironically the one loss came at the hands of the Swans last season. One of the key reasons for the Cats firing so well at this time of the season is the form of Tom Hawkins. The rising star has been kicking them from everywhere lately and will be celebrating his 100th game on Saturday night.

Sydney

The Swans have proven all year that they are a force to be reckoned with and will want to continue their run towards the finals with winning momentum. Sydney knocked off the Cats when the two sides met earlier this year but they will face a far tougher and hungrier opponent on Saturday night. Jude Bolton has been on fire for the Swans of late but will face close attention from the Cats and how he is handled will have a major impact on the result.

The Tip

The Cats have been flying of late and they are hungry to move as far as they can up the competition ladder while the Swans are home and hosed when it comes to the finals. With that in mind, the Cats might just win the scrap.

Geelong by 8

The Bet

Geelong Line -5.5 $1.90

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