Australian Football League Live Richmond Tigers vs Fremantle Dockers Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 17 math will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, victoria, Australia, Saturday 25 July 2015 online, 16.35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Richmond Tigers upset the Dockers in round 10 and have since won four of their last five whilst the Dockers rebounded from being thumped by Hawthorn, beating Carlton by 42-points last weekend. Can the Tigers continue their surge towards a top four berth?
For Richmond, Ben Griffiths (shoulder) should be available for selection whilst Liam McBean, Chris Knights and Matt Dea have stood out in the VFL in recent weeks. They will still be without at least two of their best 22 (Ty Vickery and Shane Edwards). For Fremantle, Ed Langdon, Lachie Weller, Tendai Mzungu, Paul Duffield, Clancee Pearce and Zac Clarke are up for selection. The Dockers are without three of their best 22 – Hayden Ballantyne, Michael Johnson and Zac Dawson.
The Dockers are still first on the ladder with 13 wins and two losses, though they are not even in the top two on form in the competition with Hawthorn and West Coast ahead of them. They rank ninth for scoring and first for least points against this season. They are 4-2 (2-4 against the line) vs top eight teams this season. The Tigers have won eight of their last nine to be fifth on the ladder just one game outside of the top four. They rank just 11th in points scored but fifth for least points against. Richmond is 4-1 (3-2 against the line) vs top eight teams this season.
Richmond and Freo have played 31 times with the Tigers holding the advantage 17-14. Since 2010, Richmond is 4-5 (7-2 against the line) vs the Dockers. Five of the last six meetings have seen under 168-total match points. The Dockers are 23-16-1 (21-19 against the line) when playing away from Perth under Ross Lyon. The Dockers are 5-4 (5-4 against the line) at the MCG under Ross Lyon. The Tigers are 9-11 (9-11 against the line) at the MCG since the start of 2014. Richmond is 13-7 (9-11 against the line) when starting as favourite in 2014-15. The Dockers are 4-5 (3-6 against the line) without Hayden Ballantyne since the start of 2013.
The Dockers will be out for revenge after Richmond gave them their first loss for the year in round 10. After their blistering start to the year, the Dockers have been criticised for not being able to score and this is amplified with Hayden Ballantyne now out. Michael Walters, Matthew Pavlich and Chris Mayne will be heavily relied upon whilst you can expect Nat Fyfe to spend a bit more time forward too. Expect Freo to play small on Richmond’s resting ruckman in order to zone off onto Riewoldt with Garric Ibbotson the likely man to do so. The Dockers look outstanding value as outsiders.
B: D. Grimes, J. Batchelor, T. Chaplin
HB: N. Vlastuin, A. Rance, B. Houli
C: B. Ellis, B. Deledio, K. McIntosh
HF: A. Miles, S. Hampson, D. Martin
F: B. Griffiths, J. Riewoldt, T. Cotchin
Foll: I. Maric, T. Hunt, K. Lambert
Inter: C. Newman, S. Grigg, B. Lennon, S. Lloyd
Emer: M. Dea, M. McDonough, M. Thomas
In: B. Griffiths, S. Lloyd
Out: N. Gordon, M. McDonough
B: L. Spurr, L. McPharlin, G. Ibbotson
HB: D. Pearce, A. Pearce, S. Hill
C: T. Sheridan, N. Fyfe, M.de Boer
HF: M. Walters, C. Mayne, N. Suban
F: H. Crozier, M. Pavlich, M. Taberner
Foll: A. Sandilands, D. Mundy, M. Barlow
Inter: L. Neale, C. Pearce, J. Griffin, C. Sutcliffe
Emer: L. Weller, Z. Clarke, Z. Dawson
In: C. Pearce
Out: H. Ballantyne