Australian Football League Live Geelong Cats vs Richmond Tigers Live Stream Free, AFL 2017 Seasons Finals Week 1 Stream. Geelong Cats vs Richmond Tigers match will be kickoff at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA, Australia, Friday 08 September 2017 online, 19:50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
This shapes as an absolute beauty and not much separates the sides in the CrownBet head to head betting. Geelong are currently a $1.75 favourite ahead of Richmond at $2.10.
The Cats won their last three games of the home and away season, including the Round 21 clash at Simonds Stadium against Richmond by 14 points. They then defeated Collingwood at the MCG by 11 points before touching up GWS to the tune of 44 in Round 23.
Following their loss to Geelong in Round 21, the Tigers responded in style by chalking up two big wins over Fremantle and St Kilda. They have won six of their past seven and should be better suited at the MCG.
Damien Hardwick’s side will be looking to bury some recent September ghosts and will not only need big games from Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Alex Rance and Jack Riewoldt but a host of their younger players as well.
Daniel Rioli and Jason Castagna are among a number of players that are making their finals debut and this duo will look to put a stack of pressure on the opposition defenders, something that has been a hallmark of the 2017 Tigers.
At Geelong, we can expect big games from seasoned champions in Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, while the likes of Sam Menegola and Mitch Duncan will complement that duo beautifully in the midfield.
The clash in this part of the ground will be mouth-watering, particularly with the likes of Dangerfield and Martin going head to head. Geelong rank slightly higher for contested possessions and clearances, but the Tigers are the better defensive side.
Of interest will be the plan that Chris Scott has in store for Alex Rance. The key Tigers defender had a rare poor game the last time the two sides met, with Harry Taylor taking the points. Rance will either line up on Taylor again or Tom Hawkins, who was absent the last time the two sides met.
Richmond will be out to break one of the longest hoodoo’s in modern day football as they have not beaten Geelong since 2006. The Cats have won the past 13 clashes between the two sides, including the Round 21 encounter this season by 14 points at Simonds Stadium.
Five of the 13 games in the Cats winning streak have been held at the MCG. The two sides last squared off in in a final way back in 1995 and on that occasion, it was Geelong by 89 points.
B: T.Stewart, T.Lonergan, J.Bews
HB: Z.Tuohy, L.Henderson, J.Kolodjashnij
C: A.Mackie, J.Selwood, M.Blicavs
HF: J.Murdoch, H.Taylor, S.Motlop
F: B.Parfitt, T.Hawkins, J.Parsons
R: Z.Smith, P.Dangerfield, C.Guthrie
I/C: M.Duncan, Z.Guthrie, S.Menegola, S.Selwood
EMG: W.Buzza, D.Menzel, J.Thurlow
IN: J.Selwood, Z.Guthrie
OUT: D.Menzel, W.Buzza
B: B.Ellis, A.Rance, D.Grimes
HB: B.Houli, D.Astbury, N.Vlastuin
C: K.McIntosh, T.Cotchin, J.Townsend
HF: K.Lambert, D.Martin, S.Edwards
F: D.Butler, J.Riewoldt, D.Rioli
R: T.Nankervis, D.Prestia, S.Grigg
I/C: J.Caddy, J.Graham, N.Broad, J.Castagna
EMG: S.Lloyd, S.Hampson, O.Markov