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GWS Giants vs St Kilda Predictions & Tips - Giants to edge a tight opener

  • GWS Giants vs St Kilda predictions for Sunday’s AFL Round 1 match
  • The game is being played at Giants Stadium (4.20am GMT)
  • St Kilda have lost both previous games at Giants Stadium
  • I'm tipping a narrow Giants win
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The Giants have won both previous meetings at Giants Stadium (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 20 Mar 2021
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GWS Giants vs St Kilda Predictions

Two finals rivals go head-to-head in Round 1 in a game that will be informative for the prospects of both sides. With home advantage, the Giants are just favoured in a trappy affair.

  • GWS Giants finished in 10th last season with an 8-9 record.
  • St Kilda finished in 7th last season with a 10-7 record.
  • St Kilda have lost both previous games at Giants Stadium.

Head to Head

There has been nothing to split these rivals since GWS joined the AFL. It is five wins each and one draw from 11 clashes.

St Kilda won last year's meeting 82-30 in the final game of the campaign to enter the finals full of confidence.

GWS Giants Form

GWS Giants went from Grand Finalists in 2019 to missing the finals last year after finishing 10th on the ladder last season.

It was a tough season on the road for the Giants, who ended with an 8-9 win-loss record for the campaign.

The 2020 season ended with thumping 82-30 defeat at the hands of St Kilda to confirm their absence from the finals.

In the build up to the new season, GWS defeated Sydney Swans 114-86 in the Community Series pre-season games.

GWS Giants Team News

Jeremy Cameron has left the Giants for Geelong Cats and will be a major loss to the GWS forward line.

Phil Davis has been passed fit following a knee injury, but a quad injury prevents Jesse Hogan from making his first appearance since signing and Lachie Whitfield is also out.

Draftee Tanner Bruhn has been named for his debut and ruck Matt Flynn will also make his first AFL appearance.

GWS Giants Team List

B: H.Perryman, L.Keefe, N.Haynes
HB: I.Cumming, P.Davis, S.Reid
C: C.Ward, J.Kelly, J.Buckley
HF: T.Taranto, T.Bruhn, T.Greene
F: B.Hill, H.Himmelberg, M. de Boer
FOLL: M.Flynn, S.Coniglio, J.Hopper
I/C: L.Ash, S.Taylor, C.Idun, T.Green
EMG: X.O’Halloran, Z.Sproule, S.Mumford, M.Buntine

St Kilda Form

St Kilda returned to finals footy last year for the first time since 2011 after finishing seventh on the ladder.

The Saints caught the eye throughout the season, ending the campaign with a 10-7 record.

In the finals, they dumped out the Western Bulldogs in the Elimination Final 67-64 before losing to eventual premiers Richmond Tigers 80-49.

In the Community Series, St Kilda warmed up for the 2021 season with 125-99 win over Carlton.

St Kilda Team News

Jack Higgins, Shaun McKernan and Mason Wood will all make their debuts for St Kilda following off-season moves.

Rookies Paul Hunter and Tom Highmore are handed AFL debuts.

Jimmy Webster and Jade Gresham missed a large chunk of 2020 but are back in the Saints line-up.

St Kilda are without Zak Jones (hamstring), Dan Hannebery (calf) and Max King (concussion) for the season opener.

St Kilda Team List

B: D.Howard, C.Wilkie, J.Webster
HB: N.Coffield, J.Sinclair, H.Clark
C: J.Steele, S.Ross, B.Hill
HF: D.Butler, J.Higgins, J.Billings
F: T.Membrey, S.McKernan, J.Lonie
FOLL: P.Hunter, J.Bytel, J.Gresham
I/C: B.Long, J.Battle, T.Highmore, M.Wood
EMG: D.McKenzie, L.Dunstan, J.Carlisle, D.Kent

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This game is one for small stakes as we learn more about each sides finals prospects. Take home advantage to be the difference with a GWS win, and 1-39 margin the value.

Best Bet: GWS Giants by 1-39 Winning Margin @110.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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