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2022 AFL Round 5: Hawthorn vs Geelong Preview & Betting Tips

April 17th 2022, 8:32pm, By: Josh Nevett

Hawks vs Cats Betting Tips

Two old foes will do battle on Monday to close out Round 5 of the 2022 AFL season, reigniting a rivalry that spans over decades. There have been some truly classic matches between these two teams, even in recent times when Hawthorn have been a lesser proposition. So, what to expect today? Hawthorn are a proud club and I expect them to be up for the fight, ensuring that Geelong will need to be near their best.

Remember, Before You Bet will be previewing every game of the 2022 AFL season, so be sure to check out our AFL Tips page for regular updates. 

Hawthorn vs Geelong Betting Tips

MCG, Monday 18th April, 3.20pm (AEDT)


Injuries: Lachlan Bramble, Will Day, Ben McEvoy, Chad Wingard

The Hawks have lost one of their best rebounders in Will Day for this clash, while Chad Wingard will also be on the sidelines.

The youthful Hawks have showed a lot of promise to start the season, however they were well and truly brought back down to earth last week by the rampaging Saints. There is talent across every line but one area Hawthorn needs to get on top of is the midfield. Tom Mitchell has not been at his best and his fellow experienced midfielders need to step up their game to ensure Hawthorn can be consistent throughout the season.


Injuries: Jon Ceglar, Toby Conway, Flynn Kreuger, Sam Menegola, Quinton Narkle, Gary Rohan, Sam Simpson, James Willis

Sam Menegola is nearing a return and Geelong are inching closer to a full strength side. Stars Tom Stewart and Joel Selwood are back for this Easter Monday clash.

Geelong have shown that they’re not about to fall off a cliff just yet, sitting 3-1 after four rounds with impressive victories against Brisbane, Essendon and Collingwood. The spine that has serviced them so well for so long remains and a lack of young legs has not hindered the Cats so far.

Match Prediction

Both teams generally turn it on for the Easter Monday fixture and they have shared wins over the last few years. Hawthorn appear weaker on paper but will be hoping that their run and carry can trouble the ageing Cats. After last weeks performance, its hard to put too much faith in the Hawks though and Geelong should account for them this time around.

Geelong -15.5

$1.90 (2 Units)


Prop Bets

Dangerfield loves playing against the Hawks and loves playing at the MCG. He has achieved 25 disposals twice already this year, back him in to do it for a third time.

Patrick Dangerfield 25+ disposals ($1.55 at TAB)

As above. Guthrie has been down on form this year but gets a great matchup and has the history behind him as a player who is capable of big disposal counts.

Cameron Guthrie 25+ disposals ($1.60 at TAB)

Duncan has goaled twice in his first three games and will have the freedom to run where he likes on Monday.

Mitch Duncan Anytime Goalscorer ($2.20 at TAB)




Melbourne bred, Josh Nevett is a motorsport journalist by day and ball sports fanatic/punter by night! Josh balances work as a staff journalist at Auto Action magazine, with a Journalism Masters Degree at the University of Melbourne.

Josh contributes to Before You Bet and Daily Fantasy Rankings with content around AFL and Cricket, with Draftstars his preferred punting platform where he has been a single-entry warrior on Draftstars for nearly five years now.

As an avid Melbourne AFL supporter, Josh was finally rewarded for decades of false optimism in 2021 and will be backing the boys to go all the way again this year.

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