AFL Live St Kilda Saints vs Hawthorn Hawks Live Streaming Free 2018 Regular Seasons week 22 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Saturday 18 August 2018 online, 19:25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Hawthorn come off a thrilling 11 point win over their rivals, Geelong, and that win has them firm for a top four finish at the end of the home and away season.
The premiers from 2013/14/15 sit in 4th position with two games to go and if they take out St Kilda this weekend as well as Sydney in Round 23, they will gain the double chance.
Their opponents, St Kilda, have been one of the disappointments of the season and are languishing in 15th position on the ladder with just four wins to their credit in season 2018.
Alan Richardson’s side have lost their past four matches and went down to Essendon by 43 points in Round 18. Sebastian Ross and Jack Steele were a couple that played well in that match but the Saints will need more from a host of others if they are to pull off an upset.
Hawthorn should have an edge in a number of key areas. They rank higher in a number of statistical measures and have more depth around the ground. Look for Tom Mitchell and Jaegar O’Meara to find plenty of the ball, while Luke Breust and Jack Gunston should ensure the Hawks find the formula to post a winning score.
That duo sit in the top seven players for goals scored this season and have combined for 92 majors over the course of the year. At the other end of the ground, Tim Membrey has been a solid contributor for the Saints with 30 goals but the former Swan may have his work cut out against the Hawks stingy backline.
St Kilda los Nathan Brown to suspension and a number of others may face the axe. Hunter Clark, Luke Dunstan and Hugh Goddard are in the mix for a return.
Hawthorn should regain Jarryd Roughead after the veteran forward missed the Geelong win with an ankle injury. James Sicily and Ben McEvoy continue to miss.
The two sides met earlier this year at UTAS Stadium in Launceston and it was Hawthorn by 35 points. Tom Mitchell picked up 45 possessions, while Isaac Smith booted four goals. Jack Steven and Jimmy Webster were St Kilda’s best.
The Saints claimed the corresponding game at the same venue last year by 75 points when the Hawks bottomed out early in 2017. Hawthorn have won seven of the past eight between the two sides. Two of those wins were at Etihad Stadium.
Hawthorn should be too good for the St Kilda. The Saints only chance of an upset will be if the Hawks are caught napping after their recent stirring wins. But with Alistair Clarkson at the helm it is unlikely that any complacency will cost the Hawks at this time of the season.
B: Geary, Goddard, Rice
HB: McKenzie, Carlisle, Webster
C: Newnes, Steele, Sinclair
HF: Lonie, Membrey, Billings
F: Gresham, Marshall, Long
FOLL: Pierce, Steven, Ross
I/C: Acres, Armitage, Austin, Paton
EMG: Gilbert, White, Coffield, Minchington
IN: Goddard, Austin
OUT: Freeman, Brown
B: Burgoyne, Frawley, Stratton
HB: Impey, Brand, Hardwick
C: Gunston, Mitchell, Shiels
HF: Burton, Schoenmakers, Smith
F: Breust, Pittonet, Puopolo
FOLL: McEvoy, O’Meara, Worpel
I/C: Miles, Glass, Morrison, Nash
EMG: Mirra, Duryea, O’Rourke, Whitecross
IN: McEvoy, Glass
OUT: Ceglar, Henderson