Australian Football League Live St Kilda Saints vs GWS Giants Stream Free, AFL 2017 Seasons Week 07. St Kilda Saints vs GWS Giants match will be kickoff at Etihad Stadium, Docklands, Victoria, Australia, Friday 05 May 2017 online, 19:50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
St Kilda just annihilated a hapless Hawthorn in Tasmania in a 75-point demolition job. The Saints have now won three of their last four with their only loss coming against a Geelong side who have been defeated just once this year. The Saints scored of 130 was just the fourth time they had posted such a score in the last four years.
Greater Western Sydney have put together five straight victories including back-to-back wins over last year’s Grand Finalists Sydney the Western Bulldogs. The Giants have not conceded more than 81 points in those five straight wins while their attack remains in the Top 4 despite being held to just 75 points by the Bulldogs.
This game should a hard-fought, tight tussle between two teams playing pretty good football. The Giants don’t play particularly well at Etihad and it probably is the Saints’ best-performing ground. Home underdogs off wins of 40-plus cover at over 60% and the Saints are reliable as an underdog at Etihad.
Seb Ross can’t get enough of the ball lately with three straight games of 32 disposals or more. Last season against GWS he collected 29 touches. Ross holds his form and should have few issues posting another 30-disposal game.
The Saints narrowly missed last year’s finals and a contributing factor was a three-point loss to the Hawks in the corresponding fixture when they were the better team on the day. That was about as poorly as the Hawks have played at their Tasmanian fortress for quite some time. They’ve won 19 straight games in Launceston and their thumping win over West Coast on Sunday suggests they’ve found their mojo once more after a bleak opening to the season. Hawthorn’s backline is starting to click and the Saints don’t appear to have the weapons to hurt the Hawks on the spread. This promises to be a beauty – close and tight throughout – but it is a crunch game for finals aspirant St Kilda who at 2-3 face the prospect of falling just off the pace.
Despite their improved performance in round five, the Hawks have still struggled to mark the ball inside 50, ranked 17th and averaging only nine per game. St Kilda has been impressive in this area in averaging 14.2 per game. Hawthorn has dominated St Kilda, recently, winning the past six matches, including a 145-point victory in 2014; the Saints haven’t won since round 19, 2009.
In the first four games, the Hawks averaged only 70 points while conceding 125; in round five against West Coast they booted 19 goals to 11. Hawthorn had 30-20 scoring shots and 56-49 inside 50s.
The Saints haven’t been a favourite of the umpires this season, ranked last for free kicks (averaging only 17.4 per game). Hawthorn is mid-table with 18.8 per game. Can someone please explain how St Kilda’s Shane Savage (with 373.2 points) is listed higher in the Schick AFL Player Ratings than Nick Riewoldt (366.7)? Savage – the former Hawk – was dropped from the team after round three.
St Kilda Saints:
B: J.Geary, N.Brown, J.Webster
HB: J.Newnes, J.Carlisle, D.Roberton
C: N.Riewoldt, J.Steele, L.Montagna
HF: J.Gresham, J.Bruce, J.Billings
F: D.Minchington, T.Membrey, J.Sinclair
FOLL: B.Longer, S.Ross, J.Steven
I/C: B.Acres, S.Gilbert, K.Stevens, N.Wright
EMG: T.Hickey, P.McCartin, D.McKenzie
OUT: M.Weller (Ankle)
B: Z.Williams, A.Corr, H.Shaw
HB: A.Kennedy, P.Davis, T.Taranto
C: N.Wilson, C.Ward, T.Scully
HF: S.Johnson, R.Lobb, M.Kennedy
F: D.Smith, J.Patton, J.Cameron
FOLL: S.Mumford, J.Kelly, D.Shiel
I/C: H.Himmelberg, S.Coniglio, J.Hopper, A.Tomlinson
EMG: M.de Boer, D.Simpson, H.Perryman
IN: P.Davis, S.Coniglio , H.Himmelberg
OUT: S.Reid (Hamstring), N.Haynes (Hamstring), T.Greene (Suspension)