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Geelong Cats v Hawthorn Hawks Preview & Betting Tips - Can the Cats make home advantage count?

  • Modern rivals in Geelong and Hawthorn do battle on Friday
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Geelong and Hawthorn do battle this Friday. (Getty)

Geelong vs Hawthorn Tips & Betting Preview

Round 2 of the AFL season heats up with a classic modern rivalry on Friday when Geelong plays host to Hawthorn at GMHBA Stadium.

Contesting at Geelong will be a new site for this highly anticipated match given Hawthorn haven't played here since 2006, with their premiership season blockbusters against thd Cats taking place at the MCG since then, which has included the Easter Monday feature in prior seasons.

These teams do arrive with different form with the Hawks having upset the Brisbane Lions to the tune of 28 points in Round One whilst Geelong couldn't match a highly accurate GWS Giants outfit in Sydney via their season opener.

Geelong Team News

B: Jordan Clark, Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart
HB: Mark O'Connor, Harry Taylor, Zach Tuohy
C: Mitch Duncan, Cameron Guthrie, Brandan Parfitt
HF: Tom Atkins, Esava Ratugolea, Gary Rohan
F: Gary Ablett, Tom Hawkins, Luke Dahlhaus
Foll: Darcy Fort, Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood
I/C: Gryan Miers, Quinton Narkle, Jack Henry, Sam Menegola

Emergencies: Rhys Stanley, Charlie Constable, Jed Bews, Zach Guthrie
*Predicted line-ups. Jack Stevens and Jake Kolodjashnij are expected to miss round two at this stage.

Hawthorn Team News

B: Ben Stratton, James Frawley, Sam Frost
HB: James Sicily, Ben McEvoy, Blake Hardwick
C: Isaac Smith, Tom Mitchell, Tom Scully
HF: Jack Gunston, Tim O'Brien, Chad Wingard
F: Luke Breust, Jon Patton, Shaun Burgoyne
Foll: Jon Ceglar, James Worpel, Jaeger O'Meara
I/C: Liam Shiels, Ricky Henderson, Harry Morrison, Ollie Hanrahan

Emergencies: Paul Puopolo, Mitch Lewis, Jack Scrimshaw, James Cousins

*Predicted line-ups. Both Jaegar O'Meara and Blake Hardwick need to pass fitness tests.

Geelong vs Hawthorn Head to Head

Hawthorn accounted for Geelong by 24 points the last time these teams met in Round 18, 2019 and the Cats took the honors in the Easter Monday clash earlier that year by 23 points.

It's a 5-5 tie from the last ten encounters between Geelong and Hawthorn with varying margins in those results.

The last time the Cats played the Hawks in Geelong was all the way back in 2006 which resulted in a comprehensive 52 point victoy for Hawthorn.

Geelong vs Hawthorn Betting Odds

At 1.55, Geelong are the outright favourites with bet365 over Hawthorn who are quoted at 2.44 for the win.

The line is set at -10.5 for Geelong and you can get odds of $1.91 for the Cats to beat the line.

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Geelong vs Hawthorn Match Up

It's a tough ask beating the Cats at home, but Hawthorn were one of the more impressive winners from Round One when upsetting the Brisbane Liuons where their famous precision kicking style was back in full flight and the fitness of Chad Wingard and Jon Patton was on show.

That said, Geelong should find this easier than the GWS task straight-up where with more accurate goal kicking in the first half, they would've stayed in that contest for longer and it's not often that an opponent is as precise in front of the sticks as the Giants were that night.

In this line-up, both defensive halves of the Cats and Hawks will fancy themsleves against their respective opponents with a mostly even midfield battle on paper to be decided by Patrick Dangerfield for Geelong, who's by far the most explosive player on the field and his speed from the clearances could be telling against what is mostly a one-paced Hawthorn midfield.

Geelong vs Hawthorn Key Stats

  • Patrick Dangerfield has kicked 2 or more goals in four of his last five Friday night matches at GMHBA Stadium.
  • Seven of the last eleven night matches between the Cats and Hawks have been decided by 15 points or less.
  • Shaun Burgoyne has kicked 2 or more goals in three of Hawthorn's last four Friday night matches against Geelong.

Geelong vs Hawthorn FAQ

When does the Geelong vs Hawthorn game start?

The Geelong vs Hawthorn game is scheduled to start at 10.50am BST on Friday, June 12 2020.

Where is the Geelong vs Hawthorn match being played?

Geelong will play Hawthorn at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.

How can I live stream the Geelong vs Hawthorn match?

Visit our live streaming page for information on how you can watch the Geelong vs Hawthorn Round 2 match.



Home ground advantage for the Cats has us leaning their way to anchor the Friday bank, but there doesn't appear to be all that much in it otherwise.

Match Result: Geelong To Win @1.55 at bet365 - 4 Units

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