The game of the weekend in Round 22 of the AFL is without doubt the clash between the Giants and Tigers from Marvel Stadium on Friday night. It’s a game with massive finals implications and PuntingInDanger has a full preview and betting tips for the clash below.
Remember to check out our AFL Round 22 Tips page for our thoughts on all nine games across the weekend!
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Marvel Stadium, Friday 13th August, 7.50pm (AEST)
The Giants and Tigers are fighting for a chance to play finals and with the Eagles loss to Melbourne on Monday night, there are now effectively two places up for grabs, making this game extremely important to both clubs chances.
The Giants yoyo act in the latter part of the season continued on the weekend with a brilliant win over the Cats down at GMHBA Stadium. It seems as though they record a massive win over a better team to force their way into the eight only to drop a winnable game the very next week to fall straight back out. Their destiny is own their own hands now though, if they can win their remaining two games against the Tigers and Blues, they will play finals in 2021.
The Giants were ravaged at the selection table last week, making eight changes to their side in the win over the Cats. The good news is that Josh Kelly, Jesse Hogan, Jacob Hopper, Phil Davis and Stephen Coniglio could all return this week, which is massive for their depth. The bad news is that Toby Greene was suspended for a high hit on Patrick Dangerfield.
The Tigers were disappointing as they travelled west for a clash against the Dockers in Round 20 but bounced back on the weekend with a solid comeback victory over the Roos to keep their season alive. A win here would be monstrous for the Tigers, and would arguably make them the front-runners in the race for the final spot in the top eight.
The Tigers have found good health at the right time of year, now it's just a matter of whether they can capitalise. Only Dustin Martin, Noah Balta and Ivan Soldo are certainties to be out this week, which should give the Tigers a pretty good problem at the selection table.
What a tough game to call. These two teams have developed a fierce rivalry over the past few years and the Giants will be desperate to avenge that massive loss int eh Grand Final in 2019 by knocking the Tigers out of the finals in 2021.
These two teams have had some pretty low scoring affairs in recent history. Their last nine games have averaged just 152.3 points per game and I think this one will be played really tight as the two teams are extremely evenly matched. I think this one goes under in a hotly contested battle.
Under 163.5 (1.5 Units)
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Tim Taranto was back to his damaging best in the win over the Cats, racking up 34 touches and booting two goals in arguably a best on ground performance. He has had 25+ touches in 15/20 games this season and when he faced the Tigers last he had 32.
Take out the Round 6 clash where he was injured early in the game and Nick Haynes has had 15+ touches in 14/16 games this season. He had 28 against the Power and 19 against the Cats in his last two games.
Jayden Short has been on a tear over the last month. In his last five games, he has racked up possession numbers of 31, 27, 26, 27 and 26 and there is real value for him to break the 25 mark again this week. Had 27 against the Giants in Round 9.
Taranto 25+ Disp.
Haynes 15+ Disp.
Short 25+ Disp.
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