Sydney Swans v Fremantle Dockers Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Can the Swans win one at the SCG?

Adam Cusworth 15 May 2018
  • Preview and predictions for the Round 9 SCG clash between the Swans and the Dockers

After producing a stunning victory over the Hawks last weekend, Sydney will be out to capitalise when they take on the Fremantle Dockers at the SCG in AFL Round 9 action. 

The Saturday May 19 clash gets underway at 7.25PM and will be broadcast on Fox Sports. 

Match Preview


Sydney have had a topsy-turvy season thus far, winning five from eight and are sitting 7th on the ladder. They have one more win to their credit than the Dockers, who are currently in 12th position. 

The Swans have shown some remarkable form on the road but have dropped three of their four SCG games. Last weekend, they kicked three goals in time on of their MCG clash to scrape past Hawthorn by eight points. Prior to that, they were rolled by North Melbourne in Sydney by two. 

Fremantle come off a 30 point victory over St Kilda at Perth Stadium. Their home form compared to away is a tad more conventional than the Swans, as all of their wins have been at Perth Stadium, while they are winless on the road. In Round 7 they were belted by Richmond at the MCG by 77 points. 

Statistically, both sides are evenly matched in a number of categories but the Swans should get on top at winning the contested possessions and clearances. Luke Parker, Josh Kennedy and Isaac Heeney should provide enough impetus in the middle but the presence of Fremantle's Nathan Fyfe will ensure the visitors are not out of it in this area. 

The Dockers should enjoy first use of the footy, courtesy of Aaron Sandilands, who is ranked 2nd in the competition for hitouts, but the Dockers will need more from some of their forwards. 

At the other end, Sydney will again have to do it without Lance Franklin and it will be interesting to see if Ben Ronke can repeat his heroics from last weekend after kicking seven goals against Hawthorn in just his third senior game. 

Match Odds


Sydney Swans $1.22
Fremantle Dockers $4.25

*Correct at the time of writing.

Team News


Sydney will be without Lance Franklin, but Daniel Hannebery is a possible in. Fremantle have a lengthy injury list. Stephen Hill, Michael Walters and Nathan Wilson all face fitness tests and would be welcome inclusions if they are to come up from their various ailments. 

Stats


Sydney thumped Fremantle at the SCG in Round 21 last season by 104 points with Lance Franklin and Luke Parker combining for seven goals. The Swans also handed the Dockers a 100 point defeat at their outing prior to that, which was in Round 19 of 2016. 

Sydney's form at home has been well documented, winning just one of four this year and they will be keen to turn that stat around. Fremantle have won just one of their past 11 interstate matches. 

Prediction and Tips


Sydney will be far too good in this one and the 28.5 point line looks to be well within their grasp. 

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