2019 AFL – Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats taking place? Friday 20th September – 10:50 (UK) / 19:50 (AEST)

Where is Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats taking place? MCG, Melbourne

What television channel is Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats on? BT Sport 3 in UK / Channel 7/Foxtel in Australia

Where can I stream Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats? 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 Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

RICHMOND TIGERS

  • Richmond Tigers made it 10 wins in a row as they comfortably defeated Brisbane Lions in their qualifying final and should come into this preliminary final nice and refreshed after earning the week off with that victory.
  • The Tigers continued their hoodoo over the Lions with their 14th straight win over them with their brilliant form continuing from the regular season and they look like the team to beat in the finals.
  • With no injuries or suspensions picked up from that game, the Tigers have opted to name an unchanged line-up and that means that Toby Nankervis and Ivan Soldo will remain as the dual ruck tandem.

GEELONG CATS

  • Geelong Cats showed no ill effects of their loss to Collingwood Magpies in the qualifying finals as they produced a superb first quarter against West Coast Eagles which set them up for victory to move within a game of the Grand Final.
  • The Cats did not mess about at the start of the game with the Eagles as they opened up a 32-7 lead in the first quarter and despite their opponents hitting back to lead at the end of the third quarter, a dominant fourth quarter saw the Cats concede just a single point in that period.
  • Lachie Henderson has been called into the side that won last week in what is the only change after Tom Hawkins was sidelined through suspension after the AFL upheld his ban for striking.

THE PREDICTION

Richmond Tigers have long shaped as the side to beat in the AFL and their win over Brisbane Lions only served to back that up. The Tigers enjoyed last week off thanks to that triumph which was their 10th consecutive win. They now host minor premiers Geelong Cats who had to take the long route to the preliminary final after defeating reigning champions West Coast Eagles in last week’s semi-final. Geelong are more than capable of winning this but Richmond’s winning streak is too difficult to overlook and they can progress to the Grand Final.

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