AFL Live Geelong Cats vs Brisbane Lions Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, AFL Round 18 Match will be kick off at Simonds Stadium, Geelong, Victoria, Australia Saturday 01 August 2015 online, 13.45 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Geelong Cats have won two in a row and were impressive beating GWS last week as they push for a finals berth. The battered Lions are limping towards the end of the year with their only two winnable games coming up after this one.
The Cats have a host of players pushing for recalls with Mathew Stokes, Jed Bewsm Nakia Cockatoo, Jared Rivers and George Horlin-Smith all knocking on the door. They will be without best 22 big men Mitch Clark and Rhys Stanley. The Lions have put James Aish in for finger surgery whilst they will be hopeful gun midfielders Dayne Beams (shoulder) and Pearce Hanley (hamstring) are available after being late withdrawals last week. They are likely to be without as many as six players from their best 22.
The Cats are 10th on the ladder with eight wins and seven losses having beaten finals fancies GWS and the Bulldogs in the past two weeks. They rank 13th for scoring and eighth for defence this year. The lowly Lions are last on the table after being spanked by North last weekend and have lost nine in a row after winning two on the trot in round six and seven.
Since 2010, the Cats are 7-1 (5-3 against the line) vs Brisbane. Geelong have won 13 of the past 15 matches against the Lions; since 2006. The Cats have won eight in a row against the Lions in Geelong. Brisbane is 8-21 (12-17 against the line) away from Queensland since the start of 2013. The Cats have won 48 of their past 55 games at Simonds Stadium. Geelong is 21-4 (11-14 against the line) at Simonds Stadium since the start of 2012 but are 2-3 (0-5 against the line) in Geelong this season. Teams favoured by 40-points or more are 9-0 (3-6 against the line) this year. Four of their past six and five of their past eight games have totalled over 200-points. The Lions have never lost 10-games in a row since their merger.
The Cats are one of the best front-runners in the league and will smell blood against an under-strength Brisbane side. The Lions have no semblance of a forward line at the minute and though their midfield is strong enough to to get the ball in there, their forwards are not good enough to capitalise or keep them in there. With Joel Selwood, Steve Motlop, Josh Caddy and Tom Hawkins all hitting their straps, Geelong should absolutely romp it in.
B: C.Enright, T.Lonergan, J.Kolodjashnij
HB: C.Guthrie, H.Taylor, A.Mackie
C: J.Bartel, J.Selwood, S.Motlop
HF: M.Duncan, S.Kersten, D.Lang
F: J.Murdoch, T.Hawkins, S.Johnson
Foll: M.Blicavs, J.Kelly, J.Caddy
Inter: N.Cockatoo, B.Smedts, J.Thurlow, J.Walker
Emer: J.Rivers, D.Simpson, M.Stokes
Out: C.Gregson (managed)
B: J.Clarke, D.Merrett, H.Andrews
HB: D.Rich, M.Paparone, S.Mayes
C: D.Zorko, D.Beams, L.Taylor
HF: J.Redden, D.McStay, A.Christensen
F: S.Martin, J.Freeman, J.Adcock
Foll: M.Leuenberger, T.Rockliff, P.Hanley
Inter: M.Robinson, R.Bewick, N.Robertson, L.Dawson
Emer: L.McGuane, T.Cutler, H.Beasley
In: J.Freeman, D.Beams, P.Hanley
Out: B.Staker, J.Aish (hand), H.Beasley