AFL Semi Finals Preview – 15th September 2017


 

AFL Finals Preview – Week 2 (Semi Finals)

Outside of the last game last week, the first round of finals was pretty disappointing. Three floggings and then a ripper to end it off.

We are now down to six teams, and this week presents two ripping semi finals.

Let the games begin, or continue. Either way, we are in for a treat.

Here is our AFL Semi Finals Preview for Week 2.


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Geelong Cats v Sydney Swans

MCG – Friday 15th September 2017

Strap yourself in, and spare a thought for Cats and Swans supporters, because someone is going out here.

The Cats may have finished 2nd this year, but I have said all along that I am not convinced. Sounds nuts, but there is a reason to my madness.

They have won far too many games this season after trailing by a fair chunk late, and their victories in those have come largely from the performance of one or two stars. No doubting they have superstars in their squad, and the Dangerfields and Selwoods can win games. BUT, what about the rest? The cracks showed last week against the Tigers, who are simply playing extremely good team footy. Semi Final time, and if the second tier don’t lift, they won’t stand a chance here.

The Swans have broken history this season. Starting 0-6 for the year, and being $101-1 to win the flag, they are a genuine chance. The have dropped 2 of their past 17 games, and both were against the Hawks, and both were by one goal. They have also beaten the Cats in 5 of their past 6 games, including a 46 point belting in Geelong a few weeks back.

I actually can’t find any solid reasons to pick the Cats in this, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a comfortable win to the Swans. In fact, I am sticking my neck out.

Prediction

Swans by 32


GWS Giants v West Coast Eagles

Spotless Stadium – Saturday 16th September 2017

Tell you what, this game comes into play in completely different fashion to what most would have predicted.

Pre-season, the Giants were backed by everyone to win the flag. Or at the very least push for it in the GF. Not so now.

There haven’t been many times (if any), where the Giants have hit their straps this season. They have also been plagued by injury, like they are in this spot. Two HUGE outs, in Mumford and Cameron. Doesn’t get much worse for the Giants. Luckily they come up against one of the biggest underachievers in 2017.

The Eagles looked to have the squad to challenge this year, especially with the inclusion of some great experience. They have missed Nic Nat, but is he the difference? Nope. In my opinion they simply don’t play tough enough footy. Their intensity is atrocious at times, and they are very lucky to even be here.

In fairness though, you can only beat who you play, and they are in the dance still. I actually think they come into this in much better shape than the Giants. They will be full of confidence after winning their last two do-or-die clashes. Their squad is pretty healthy too, which is massive at this stage. Plus, they have about 1000 games of AFL riding on this, with Priddis, Mitchell and Petrie ready to hang up the boots.

Really tough to pick the Eagles on the road, but I just think they are too healthy and the Giants are too banged up. This will be a close one, but the Eagles are every chance.

Prediction

Eagles by 4


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