2019 AFL – GWS Giants vs Hawthorn Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is GWS Giants vs Hawthorn taking place? Friday 9th August – 10:50 (UK) / 19:50 (AEST)

Where is GWS Giants vs Hawthorn taking place? UNSW Canberra Oval, Canberra

What television channel is GWS Giants vs Hawthorn on? BT Sport 3 in UK / Channel 7/Foxtel in Australia

Where can I stream GWS Giants vs Hawthorn? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website or app in the UK / This match can be streamed live via the AFL Live app in Australia

Where can I get tickets for GWS Giants vs Hawthorn? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

GWS GIANTS

  • GWS Giants secured a vital victory against Sydney Swans as they all-but sealed a spot in the finals thanks to their third successive win and will now attempt to break into the top 4 with a game against Hawthorn Hawks.
  • The Giants will be boosted this week as they seek a fourth consecutive win by recalling Jeremy Cameron after a calf injury whilst Dawson Simpson is also recalled after seemingly proving his fitness.
  • Adam Kennedy is the final new name in the team from last week’s win with Connor Idun dropped whilst there is also no place for Jeremy Finlayson and Harry Himmelberg who miss out with injuries.

HAWTHORN

  • Hawthorn Hawks’ hopes of making the finals suffered a gigantic blow as they went down to North Melbourne Kangaroos and they now require a miracle to make the top 8 with just three games of the regular season remaining.
  • The Hawks are eight points behind the eighth-placed Adelaide Crows but with so many teams ahead of them on the ladder, it is extremely unlikely they will make the finals even if they win out from this point on.
  • Conor Nash is dropped this week whilst Grant Birchall and Ben McEvoy are injured so James Cousins and Jonathon Ceglar come back into the side whilst highly-rated 20-year-old Changkuoth Jiath will make his debut.

THE PREDICTION

GWS Giants are picking up important wins at just the right time but they will want to work on their performances ahead of the finals. They face Hawthorn Hawks in this one who will know that their own chances of making the top 8 were realistically ended last week which could be why they are blooding a youngster in this one. The Giants are on a three-match winning run and they should be able to improve that to four here.

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