Australian Football League Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks Live Stream Free, AFL 2018 Regular Seasons Week 23 AFL Live Stream. Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks match will be kickoff at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Saturday 25 August 2018 online, 19:25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Hawthorn have enjoyed the superior start to the year, winning five of seven, while Sydney have won four of seven. However, with their backs against the wall, the Swans will be dangerous.
John Longmire’s side are still considered to be one of the teams to beat this year. While they unexpectedly dropped their Round 7 clash to North Melbourne by two points, they were brilliant prior to that, winning on the road against Geelong by 17.
Hawthorn come off a 23 point win over Essendon in Round 7 and have won four of their five games at the MCG this season. The former Swan, Tom Mitchell, continues to rack up a stack of numbers and leads the competition for average disposals at 36 per game. Jaegar O’Meara and James Sicily are other keys for the brown and gold.
Sydney will have to do it without their champion forward, Lance Franklin, who remains on the sidelines. Another former Hawk, Josh Kennedy, will need to continue his good form. He is one of the reasons why Sydney are the leading clearance team and can help give the Swans first use. However, the issue might be a lack of firepower up forward as they managed to boot just nine goals in the loss to the Kangas.
Another factor in this game may be the weather. Wet and wild conditions are forecast in Melbourne for Friday. The Swans are regarded as an excellent wet weather side, but Hawthorn relished in the slippery conditions earlier in the year in a win over Melbourne. Up to 80mm of rain is expected for parts of Melbourne.
Ricky Henderson was a late withdrawal from the Hawks lineup last weekend and is expected to return. Jono O’Rourke has been solid in the VFL but may struggle to sneak in. James Worpel was quiet at senior level and may be a possible omission.
Sydney are likely to miss Lance Franklin and Daniel Hannebery with those two expected to be given another week to recover from their respective injuries.
Hawthorn won both games between the two sides last year, a period when the Swans won 14 from 16. In Round 10, Jarryd Roughead booted a late goal to seal a six point win at the SCG, while in Round 19 the Hawks again won by that margin at the MCG.
Sydney have won two of the past three against Hatwhorn at the MCG since they were oblieterated in the 2014 Grand Final by 63 points. The Swans won just two of five games at the home of footy in 2017.
These two always play out some close games and this one looms as no exception. The loss to the Roos would have stung the Swans but the Hawks have been pretty composed this year and they can seal the deal under the MCG lights.
B: Rampe, Grundy, Lloyd
HB: Newman, Aliir, McVeigh
C: Cunningham, Kennedy, Florent
HF: Hannebery, Franklin, Hewett
F: Hayward, McCartin, Jack
FOLL: Sinclair, Heeney, Parker
I/C: Jones, Papley, Robinson, Ronke
EMG: Cameron, Dawson, Fox, Towers
B: Morrison, Schoenmaker, Stratton
HB: Miles, Brand, Hardwick
C: Gunston, Mitchell, Shiels
HF: Burton, Mirra, Smith
F: Bruest, Roughead, Puopolo
FOLL: McEvoy, O’Meara, Worpel
I/C: Henderson, Impey, Burgoyne, Nash
EMG: O’Rourke, Ceglar, Glass, Cousins
IN: Mirra, Roughead, Henderson
OUT: Pittonet, Glass, Frawley