Australian Football League Live Fremantle Dockers vs Sydney Swans Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 04 math will be kick off at Domain Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Saturday 25 April 2015 online, 19.40am (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Another 2014 finals re-match with the Swans getting the chocolates in their qualifying final. Both teams are unbeaten, having had a hot start to the year with two of the best midfields in the league going head to head.
The Swans will welcome back All-Australian back pocket Nick Smith (late withdrawal against GWS) but there is no room for Adam Goodes just yet. Dean Towers could be the one to make way. Whilst the Dockers will be without Zac Dawson (injury) and Hayden Ballantyne (suspension) with Tendai Mzungu, Connor Blakely, Jon Griffin, Jack Hannath and Max Duffy all knocking on the door for selection. Expect there to be very little forced changes for either side.
The Dockers are third on the ladder having beaten Port Adelaide, West Coast and Geelong this season. They rank third in disposals, first in marks and 17th in tackles this season. They have upped their scoring this season, averaging 97 points per game from 92 last season. Sydney is second on the ladder ranking first in handballs, third in contested possessions, second in clearances but 16th in marks and first in clangers this season.
Michael Walters v Nick Smith – the Freo goalsneak has kicked just four goals in his last three games against Sydney and only one major in their two meetings last year. The Swans defenders of Smith, Shaw and Rampe will all likely take time on the dangerous Walters who kicked three against the Eagles. There’s no notable difference in Walters’ output without Ballantyne, kicking 10.4 in his last five games when Ballantyne has not played. Smith rarely gets beaten, but the Dockers will be looking for Walters to get on top in this one
Sydney and Fremantle have met 29 times with the Swans leading 16-12-1 with the draw in 2013. Under Ross Lyon, the Dockers are 33-7 (25-15 against the line) at Patersons Stadium – 13-2 (10-5 against the line) in the last two seasons. The Swans are 16-7 head-to-head (12-12 at the line) when outside of Sydney in the past three seasons – that’s 10-2 (8-4 against the line) in 2014-15. They’ve won five of their last six in Perth (5-1 against the line). The Swans are 3-0 both head to head and against the line when starting as an outsider in 2014-15. Five of their past seven games have totalled over 166 points. The last seven games have been decided by an average of just 14-points. The Dockers are the only side in the competition to be unbeaten at the line this season.
Little separates these two genuine premiership contenders and at the value it’s hard to go past Sydney. They travel well, have a great recent record in Perth and know what it takes to beat Fremantle. Their midfield has both the ability and running capacity to keep up with Fyfe, Mundy, Hill and co on a big Subiaco ground plus Buddy should dominate Luke McPharlin.
Fremantle Dockers :
B Cameron Sutcliffe, Luke McPharlin, Clancee Pearce
HB Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, Nick Suban
C Paul Duffield, Nat Fyfe, Matt de Boer
HF Danyle Pearce, Matthew Pavlich, Matt Taberner
F Zac Clarke, Chris Mayne, Michael Walters
FOLL Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Stephen Hill
I/C Michael Barlow, Lachie Neale, Lee Spurr, Tendai Mzungu
EMG Jack Hannath, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Pearce
IN Tendai Mzungu
OUT Hayden Crozier
B Dane Rampe, Ted Richards, Nick Smith
HB Jeremy Laidler, Heath Grundy, Rhyce Shaw
C Craig Bird, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack
HF Jarrad McVeigh, Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney
F Lewis Jetta, Kurt Tippett, Sam Reid
FOLL Mike Pyke, Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker
I/C Harry Cunningham, Jake Lloyd, Ben McGlynn, Gary Rohan
EMG Jack Hiscox, Sam Naismith, Dean Towers
IN Nick Smith
OUT Dean Towers