AFL Live Richmond Tigers vs GWS Giants Streaming Free 2017 Regular Seasons Round 18 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Sunday 23 July 2017 online, 13:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Richmond are fifth on the ladder with a 10-6 record following their win over the Brisbane Lions. The Tigers have now won five of their last seven clashes and have conceded more than 81 just twice since Round 1 but on both occasions, they have been blowouts of 140 and 138 points. Richmond have the fourth best defence but rank 13th in scoring.
Greater Western Sydney are third on the ladder with a 10-4-2 record. The Giants have won just one of their last five games – a 60-point win over last-placed Brisbane. GWS have played in seven games decided by eight points or fewer this year and have lost only one. The Giants rank fourth in scoring and seventh in defence.
GWS are currently in 2nd spot on the AFL ladder, just behind the ladder leaders, Adelaide, on percentage and have won six of their eight games.
Richmond sit in 7th position with five wins but could easily be in top spot after losing their past two games by less than a goal.
A fortnight ago it was a five-point loss at the hands of the Western Bulldogs, while last week, Fremantle stole victory with a kick after the siren, consigning the Tigers to a two-point loss.
At GWS, the footy gods were on their side as Steven Johnson kicked a goal at the death to win the game against Collingwood by two points.
The expansion club head into this as $1.22 favourites in the head to head betting. However, they have a stack of injuries and may be a little short at that quote.
The battle in the middle of the ground should be full of intrigue. Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin continue to have excellent years for the Tigers but the Giants have a stack of depth, with high class running players that can break the game open.
Josh Kelly has been in scintillating form, while Tom Scully and Dylan Shiel continue to rack up big numbers. The Tigers will need to negate the influence of this trio of players and their coach, Damien Hardwick, will be imploring his troops to apply a stack of pressure throughout the four quarters.
Other key battles loom in the ruck, where Shane Mumford takes on Toby Nankervis. The Giants are ranked 2nd in the competition for hitouts, while the Tigers are 16th. Nankervis will have his work cut out.
GWS have one of the biggest injury lists in the competition. Stephen Coniglio is the latest casualty after re-injuring his ankle. He will be out for up to two months, joining the likes of Ryan Griffen and Brett Deledio on the sidelines.
Aidan Corr and Sam Reid may also miss due to concussion. Matt deBoer and Harry Perryman are in line for selection for the Giants. At Richmond, Dion Prestia may return, while Taylor Hunt and Connor Menadue will be considered.
B: J.Short, A.Rance, D.Grimes
HB: B.Ellis, D.Astbury, N.Vlastuin
C: S.Edwards, T.Cotchin, S.Grigg
HF: K.Lambert, T.Nankervis, J.Castagna
F: K.McIntosh, J.Riewoldt, D.Butler
FOLL: I.Soldo, D.Martin, D.Prestia
I/C: D.Rioli, J.Caddy, A.Miles, N.Broad
EMG: S.Bolton, O.Markov, C.Ellis
B: H.Shaw, N.Haynes, A.Tomlinson
HB: A.Corr, P.Davis, L.Whitfield
C: H.Perryman, D.Shiel, N.Wilson
HF: C.Ward, T.Greene, D.Smith
F: J.Patton, R.Lobb, T.Scully
FOLL: S.Mumford, M.Kennedy, Z.William
I/C: S.Johnson, W.Setterfield, J.Kelly, T.Mzungu
EMG: S.Coniglio, M.de Boer, I.Cumming
OUT: M.de Boer