Australian Football League Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants Live Stream Free, AFL 2018 Regular Seasons Final Week 01 AFL Live Stream. Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants match will be kickoff at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Saturday 08 September 2018 online, 16:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Sydney and GWS would be slightly disappointed with their respective finishing position’s after just missing out on the top four and the subsequent double chance.
The Swans lost their Round 23 clash to Hawthorn by nine points and that defeat saw them finish in 6th position, while GWS come off two successive losses and have had to settle for 7th.
The Giants battled injuries to key players in the concluding stages this season. They were beaten by Sydney to the tune of 20 points in Round 22 before going down to Melbourne by 45 in the last round of the regular season.
Despite their recent hiccups, both sides should benefit from the week off in between games and we can expect to see some big names to return. Lance Franklin is the most notable of those and the Sydney superstar was the matchwinner the last time the two sides met.
He will have a major say in proceedings, as will the Giants midfield trio of Callan Ward, Stephen Coniglio and Dylan Shiel. Those players are arguably in better form than their Swans counterparts.
The Giants rank higher than the Swans for disposals and contested possessions, while they are competition’s best for clearances. Sydney are 9th in this measure.
Another interesting stat is that both sides rank very similarly for points scored and points conceded. The side that takes their chances and converts in front of goal should just about be the one that comes out in front.
With Franklin sure to provide a target at one end, Jeremy Cameron will need to lift on his recent performances at the other end for GWS, while Giants fans will be hoping Toby Greene can prove his fitness and sneak into the side to add some much needed depth inside forward 50.
Both sides have lengthy injury lists but Sydney are expected to regain a couple of big names in Lance Franklin and Luke Parker. Both missed the Hawks loss.
GWS will be sweating on the fitness of Rory Lobb, who suffered a back injury in the loss to Melbourne. Toby Greene is an outside chance of returning and his presence would bolster the Giants forward line.
Sydney have won 11 of the 15 encounters between the two sides including both matches this season. They met as recently as Round 22 and on that occasion it was Sydney by 20 points at Spotless Stadium.
Earlier in the year, the Swans accounted for the Giants by 16 at the SCG. Sydney have a moderate record at their home ground this season, winning five from 11 at the venue. GWS have ventured to the SCG on six occasions since 2012 for just one win.
This shapes as a real flip of the coin job. Sydney are better placed from an injury perspective but if GWS can get their running game going they loom as a genuine threat. After a tight first few quarters, the Giants can overcome Sydney in what should be a close one.
B: Rampe, Grundy, Lloyd
HB: Newman, Aliir, McVeigh
C: Cunningham, Kennedy, Heeney
HF: Florent, McCartin, Hewett
F: Parker, Franklin, Hayward
FOLL: Sinclair, Jack, Hannebery
I/C: Jones, Papley, Robinson, Ronke
EMG: Cameron, Dawson, Marsh, Towers
IN: Parker, Franklin
OUT: Dawson, Fox
B: Matt Buntine, Phil Davis, Harry Perryman
HB: Adam Tomlinson, Nick Haynes, Adam Kennedy
C: Lachie Whitfield, Stephen Coniglio, Josh Kelly
HF: Sam Reid, Harry Himmelberg, Matt de Boer
F: Toby Greene, Jeremy Cameron, Zac Langdon
FOLL: Rory Lobb, Callan Ward, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Brett Deledio, Zac Williams, Jacob Hopper, Tim Taranto
IN: Toby Greene, Brett Deledio, Matt de Boer, Zac Williams
OUT: Jeremy Finlayson, Lachlan Keeffe, Daniel Lloyd, Aiden Bonar (omitted)
EMG: Aiden Bonar, Isaac Cumming, Lachlan Keeffe, Daniel Lloyd