The match of the round in AFL Round 7 sees the GWS Giants clash with the Brisbane Lions at Giants Stadium on Saturday.
Both teams are coming off disappointing losses in Round 6 and will be looking to bounce back sharply as positions inside the top-eight begin to tighten up. Which team will seize the moment in this pivotal match up?
GWS Giants Form & Team News
The Giants form since the season restart has been inconsistent, winning just twice from five games.
GWS was able to grind out a narrow victory over Collingwood a fortnight ago, but last week's loss to Port Adelaide was disappointing given they were in a winning position at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Former captain Callan Ward will miss the next month with a knee injury, but with reigning best and fairest winner Tim Taranto fit and ready to
Daniel LIoyd will need to pass a concussion test to play this week, and Jye Caldwell looks the most likely to come in if he does miss.
*The Giants team from last week is listed below
FB: H. Shaw, L. Keefe, A. Corr
HB: L. Whitfield, P. Davis, N. Haynes
C: H. Perryman, S. Coniglio, J. Kelly
HF: T. Greene, J. Cameron, B. Daniels
FF: H. Himmelberg, J. Finlayson, C. Ward
FOL: S. Mumford, J. Hopper, M. De Boer
I/C: L. Ash, J. Hately, T. Green, D. LIoyd
Brisbane Lions Form & Team News
Brisbane were disappointing last week after giving up a five-goal lead to the Cats, but their form before that was excellent, winning four games in a row.
Brownlow Medal fancy Lachie Neale and emerging on-baller Hugh McCluggage have been shining lights this season and will again be called upon to have a big impact against a formidable Giants midfield.
The Lions shouldn’t have any forced omissions this week, but the likes of Grant Birchall and Stefan Martin might be testing Chris Fagan’s patience.
*The Lions team from last week is listed below
FB: R. Lester, H. Andrews, D. Gardiner
HB: D. Rich, G. Birchall, B. Starcevich
C: M. Robinson, D. Zorko, H. McCluggage
HF: J. Berry, E. Hipwood, C. Rayner
FF: L. McCarthy, D. McStay, C. Cameron
FOL: O. McInerney, J. Lyons, L. Neale
I/C: C. Ah Chee, S. Martin, T. Berry, Z. Bailey
GWS Giants vs Brisbane Lions Head to Head
The Giants have the wood over the Lions since their inception, winning seven out of a possible ten games. They have been even more dominant of recent times, winning four of the last five and beating the Lions by three points in the semi final last year.
The matches apart from that have been comfortable wins for the Giants, but we are expecting a much closer game on Saturday.
GWS Giants vs Brisbane Lions Betting Odds
The Giants have been installed as favourites at 1.71 with Brisbane the outsiders at 2.15.
The line has been set at -5.5 for the Giants.
GWS Giants vs Brisbane Lions Match Up
The league's best medium forward in Charlie Cameron up against gun defender Nick Haynes is one of the most fascinating match ups of round seven.
Cameron is fourth in the Coleman Medal, but his impact been negated somewhat in recent weeks, so look for him to come out firing on Saturday.
Haynes has stamped himself as the league's best medium sized defender, and will have Cameron covered in the air. Once the ball hits the ground however, the Lion live-wire will be hard to stop with his blistering leg speed.
This contest will go a long way to deciding the outcome of the match.
GWS Giants vs Brisbane Lions Key Stats
- Brisbane is ranked 2nd in Inside 50s per game this season
- Brisbane is ranked 5th in Clearances per game this season
- GWS is ranked 17th in Inside 50s per game this season
- GWS is ranked 3rd in Goal assists per game this season