Round 17 of the 2020 AFL Season continues, and we have the Geelong Cats taking on the Richmond Tigers at Metricon Stadium, in a battle for a Top 4 finish.
The Cats need to win to stay in touch with the top 2, and the Tigers will also need a win to keep their Top 4 chances intact.
Thursday Night Football saw the West Coast Eagles produce one of their best wins of the season, with a 15 point win over the Saints.
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Tipping Results so Far
Round 17 Tips – 0/1
Round 17 Player Props – 0/2
Season Tips – 96/136 = 70.58%
Season Player Props – 49/92 = 53.26%
Geelong Cats vs Richmond Tigers
2019 Preliminary Final, Richmond 12.13 85 – Geelong 9.12 66
(Richmond by 19 Points)
Last 5 Meetings
Geelong – 1 Win
Richmond – 4 Wins
The Cats were very impressive last Sunday and ended up defeating the Bombers by 66 Points.
The Tigers have had the bye, but are coming off a 27 Point victory against Fremantle in which they managed to pull away in the dying stages.
A couple of changes for the Cats in this clash with Zach Guthrie and Josh Jenkins being omitted from the team. Esava Ratugolea and Zach Tuohy both come back into the Cats team.
The Tigers have dropped with players including, Nathan Broad, Thomas Dow and Jack Higgins. Coming into the team is Dylan Grimes, Kane Lambert and Jack Ross.
Current Head to Head Odds
Geelong – $1.70
Richmond – $2.15
These two sides have probably been the most impressive all season in terms of performing in big matches, and they will both want the double chance and a Top 4 finish.
The Tigers are coming off a nine-day break and the Cats just a five-day break, and that may become a factor in this clash.
The Tigers welcome back their best Defender, Dylan Grimes for this clash and he will no doubt get the job on Big Tom Hawkins. At times the Cats looked like they were at training in their match against the Bombers and they won the game easily.
The Tigers have a habit of performing in the big matches, and Dustin Martin will no doubt be a significant factor in this match. Slippery conditions are expected for this one and there has been no better team in this wet than the Tigers in recent seasons. The Cats will be going for seven wins in a row and the Tigers will be looking for four on the trot.
This is a challenging game to pick, but the Cats are playing very confident football at the moment, and if they keep it up, they should be too strong in a close match.
Our Pick – Geelong (Win)
Player Prop – Patrick Dangerfield + 82.5 Fantasy Points
Dangerfield is in form and has an average of 92 Fantasy Points over his last four matches. Is playing more of a midfield role and the Tigers have been giving up Fantasy Points to midfielders this season.
Player Prop – Dustin Martin + 72.5 Fantasy Points
Martin had a quiet match last week and will be looking to make up for it. Will spend most the game in the middle and should cover this number.
Cam Guthrie + 80.5 Fantasy Points
Guthrie is a great wet weather player and can get the football out of congestion. Has an average of 95 over the past four matches and should cover this number.