AFL Live Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, match will be kick off at Simonds Stadium, Geelong, Victoria, Australia Sunday 12 April 2015 online, 13.10pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Cats were humiliated by the Hawks in round 1 and look to bounce back at home against a Fremantle side coming off an impressive win over Port Adelaide.
The Cats have made two forced changes from the side that got spanked by Hawthorn in round 1 – Steve Motlop (club imposed suspension) and Jimmy Bartel (concussion) are both out with George Horlin-Smith and veteran Andrew Mackie coming in. Whilst Fremantle welcome back Tendai Mzungu at the expense of Tommy Sheridan (calf).
Fourth on the ladder, the Dockers had the third most handballs in round 1 but had the least amount of tackles for the round. The Cats might have lost but recorded the fifth most marks inside 50 and the second most uncontested possessions for the round.
Joel Selwood v Clancee Pearce – The Cats skipper averages 31 disposals in his last two games against the Dockers. Without regular tagger Ryan Crowley, expect Pearce to get the job of trying to curtail Selwood. The Cats will need a bit more from their midfielders this week and that starts with Selwood.
Fremantle and Geelong have played 33 times with the Cats leading 22-11. However, Freo have won four out of the last six games; by an average of 16 points. Since 2010, Fremantle is 5-4 (6-3 against the line) vs Geelong. The Dockers are 18-15-1 (19-15 against the line) when playing away from Perth under Ross Lyon. Only seven Fremantle games since the start of 2014 gone over 180 total match points this season. The Cats have won 47 of their past 49 games at Simonds Stadium. Geelong is 19-1 (10-10 against the line) at Simonds Stadium since the start of 2012 – they’re 7-0 (5-2 against the line) at the Cattery this year. The Cats hold a 13-2 record over the Dockers in Geelong.
The last eight years of data suggests the Cats are nearly impossible to beat at home having lost only twice in their past 49 games but one of those losses was to Fremantle. The Dockers were ultra impressive against Port last weekend and whilst we can’t fall into the trap of over-reacting after round 1 performances, Geelong was exposed by Hawthorn last weekend. The Cats have the cattle to bounce back here and at home, you just cannot back against them.
B Kelly, Taylor, Enright
HB Guthrie, Lonergan, Rivers
C Mackie, Selwood, Cockatoo
HF Smedts, Clark, Johnson
F Stokes, Hawkins, Lang
FOLL Blicavs, Caddy, Duncan
I/C Bews, Gregson, Horlin-Smith, Simpson
EMG Gore, Murdoch, Stanley
IN Mackie, Horlin-Smith, Murdoch, Stanley
OUT Motlop, Bartel (concussion)
B Sutcliffe, McPharlin, Spurr
HB Ibbotson, Johnson, Pearce
C Duffield, Fyfe, Mzungu
HF Pearce, Pavlich, Barlow
F Ballantyne, Clarke, Walters
FOLL Sandilands, Mundy, Hill
I/C Neale, Mayne, de Boer, Suban
EMG Crozier, Taberner, Duffy