Our new favourite game to play over the last few weeks has been ‘Where in the World is that AFL Game?’ The Sydney Swans will square off against the Fremantle Dockers at Metricon Stadium this week, and as always, PuntingInDanger has you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the clash below. Remember to head to our AFL Round 19 tips page for previews on every game this weekend.
Metricon Stadium, Sunday 25th July, 12.30pm (AEST)
COVID-19 restrictions have sent the AFL into meltdown this week, with teams flying all over the country in an attempt to find a safe place to play football. The clash between these NSW and WA based teams has landed in Queensland, which should serve as a relatively level playing field.
How good were the Swans last week? After trailing by as many as 36 points in the 2nd quarter, the Swans piled on nine unanswered goals against the Giants to claim a fantastic 26-point win. They now move to 11-6 on the season and sit in 6th place on the ladder, with another win here likely securing their spot in the top eight.
The Swans will be desperate to get revenge on the Dockers, who defeated them by just two points at Optus Stadium back in Round 10. Star forward Lance Franklin booted 6 goals that day, but it wasn’t enough for the Swans, who failed to quell the influence of Rory Lobb at the other end and Nat Fyfe in the middle of the ground.
The Dockers were disappointing in the opening game of Round 18 at Optus Stadium on Friday night against the Cats. Many fancied their chances going into the game on the back of a strong performance against the Hawks, but they were absolutely belted from start to finish, going down to the Cats by 69 points in a dismal performance.
Sydney have one of the best looking injury lists in the league at the moment. Chad Warner, Callum Sinclair, Colin O’Riordan, Callum Mills and Harry Cunningham are all out this week but are all listed as just 1 week injuries.
The Dockers should get a big inclusion this week as forward Matt Taberner s expected to return from injury. Stephen Hill is only another week away while Rory Lobb will need to pass a fitness test to play.
The Swans start as 22.5 point favourites here, which is a line that seems right on the mark. I’m not really keen to take that one way or another, but I do like the overs here. The Swans have been one of the highest scoring teams in the competition this season, putting up 87.5 points per game. The Dockers have allowed 81.5 per game this season and let the Cats put up 100 on them in Round 18. The two teams combined for 170 points in Round 10, back another high scoring game here.
James Aish has had 15+ touches in 13/17 games so far this season and had 17 touches in the loss to the Cats in Round 19. I expect this game to be a bit more free flowing, which should be good for his outside running.
Jake Lloyd has passed 25 touches in 16 of his last 17 games, including his last three in a row, where he has averaged 28 per game.
Isaac Heeney was held goalless on the weekend, but kicked one against the Dockers when they met back in Round 10. He has kicked at least one goal in 11/15 games this season.
Aish 15+ Disp.
Lloyd 25+ Disp.
Heeney 1+ Goal
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