It’s been a busy few days in the AFL with teams relocating from Victoria to Queensland in the midst of yet another COVID-19 outbreak. The Giants and Swans were set to do battle in Melbourne but will now square off at Metricon Stadium this Sunday from 6.10pm to wrap up Round 18.
As always, see our full preview and betting tips for the clash below and remember to head to our AFL Tips page for our predictions for every game in Round 18.
Metricon Stadium, Sunday July 18th, 6.10pm (AEST)
The ‘Battle of the Bridge’ will get yet another instalment this weekend, this time in Queensland as the Swans look to continue their strong form and the Giants hope to jump into the top eight.
The Swans have been fantastic of late, winning their last two games on the trot over tough opponents in the Eagles and the Bulldogs. Their win on the weekend was particularly impressive and enough to have many pundits inserting them into the premiership discussion.
The Swans have arguably the best injury list in the league at the moment. Sam Reid, Braeden Campbell, Lewis Melican and Chad Warner will all recover from injury within the next two weeks, which amazingly, will leave only one player (Sam Naismith) on the injury list.
The Giants have had chances to insert themselves into the top eight twice over the last four weeks now and on each occasion they have failed. They had a great win over Carlton before squandering a chance against the Hawks, then had a season defining win over the Demons before going down to the Suns by one point on the weekend.
The Giants will be without star midfielder Lachie Whitfield after he suffered a concussion against the Suns, but apart from him, their injury list isn't looking too bad. Skipper Stephen Coniglio will make his long-awaited return to the line-up this week, with the likes of Lachie Keefe, Braydon Preuss and Tom Hutchesson the only other best 22 players out this week.
With so much uncertainty surrounding this game throughout the week, the players preparations will have been greatly affected. I genuinely feel like this is one of those games where anything could happen simply due to the fact that players will be tired from travelling and from all of the stuffing around this week.
The Swans start as 11.5 point favourites, which is right in that tentative zone for me. I’m going to stay away from that line either way and opt to take the over here instead. The Swans have been one of the highest scoring teams in the competition so far this season and have put up an average of just under 100 points through their last two games. Perfect conditions on the Gold Coast on Sunday should result in a free-flowing game here.
Although I'm not sure about the 11.5 point line, I do like the Swans to win here as the anchor leg to the same game multi. They have been great over the last few weeks, earning back-to-back wins over the Eagles and Bulldogs. They will field a really strong side on Sunday.
Nick Haynes has missed out on getting 15+ touches just once this season, back in Round 6 when he got injured early in the game. Taranto has missed 20+ touches just once also, last week against the Suns, expect him to bounce back here.
Haynes 15+ Disp.
Taranto 20+ Disp.
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