Port Adelaide vs Geelong Cats AFL Finals Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Port Adelaide vs Geelong Tips

Port Adelaide hosts Geelong in the first game of the 2021 finals series at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

Port Adelaide vs Geelong Tips, Preview & Predictions

Port Adelaide Power vs Geelong Cats free AFL tips, predictions and preview – These two sides met in last season’s Qualifying final; Port Adelaide won by 16 points.

Port Adelaide vs Geelong Tips


  • Tom Hawkins has kicked 2+ goals 15 times this season, including four against the Power in Round 13

  • Ollie Wines has had 30+ disposals in six of his last eight matches

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Port Adelaide vs Geelong Match Details


🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Friday August 27
⏰ Time: 7:50PM (AEDT)
🏟 Stadium: Adelaide Oval    

Port Adelaide vs Geelong 2021 Form (last five matches)


Power (WLLWW)

  • RD 19: Port Adelaide 97-69 Collingwood
  • RD 20: GWS 73-100 Port Adelaide
  • RD 21: Adelaide 51-55 Port Adelaide
  • RD 22: Port Adelaide 140-45 Carlton
  • RD 23: Western Bulldogs 64-66 Port Adelaide

Cats (LLWLL)

  • RD 19: Geelong 95-57 Richmond
  • RD 20: North Melbourne 42-62 Geelong
  • RD 21: Geelong 65-84 GWS
  • RD 22: Geelong 85-71 St Kilda
  • RD 23: Geelong 77-81 Melbourne

Port Adelaide vs Geelong Head to Head (last five matches)


  • R13 2021: Power 91-112 Cats
  • QF   2020: Power 58-42 Cats
  • R12 2020: Cats 91-31 Power
  • R14 2019: Power 67-56 Cats
  • R5   2018: Power 50-84 Cats

Port Adelaide vs Geelong Preview


Port Adelaide finished in the 2nd spot to secure a home qualifying final by knocking off premiership contenders Western Bulldogs by two points.

The Power was in control for the majority of the match after quarter-time despite only kicking one goal in the first half. They couldn’t make their dominance count with inaccuracy letting them down. However, a three-goal to one last term saw them take the lead in the dying moments of the match in a thrilling encounter.

The midfield battle will likely be where the game will be won, with both sides strong when it comes to scores from stoppages. Ollie Wines is the bookie’s Brownlow medal favourite, whilst Travis Boak would consider himself extremely unlucky to miss out on the 40-man All-Australian squad. Both ball-magnets will need to get first use of the ball to create chaos for the Cats defence.

It will be important for Ken Hinkley’s side to start the match on the front foot, in an attempt to get the crowd vocal to spur them into a commanding lead to control for the rest of the match.

Meanwhile, the Cats coughed up the minor premiership against the Demons in a heart-breaking four-point defeat.

Chris Scott’s side were 44-points in front during the midway point of the third quarter, but a six-goal last term, including an after-the-siren goal from Max Gawn, saw the minor premiership fall out of their grasp.

Geelong will be out for revenge in this qualifying final, after losing to the Power in the exact same fixture last season, which the Power prevailed in by 16 points – it was the midfield that let them down in that encounter. However, they have greater depth and experience to combat that this time around, with the likes of Isaac Smith and Shaun Higgins.

It will be a great opportunity for the tall forwards of the Cats to test themselves in their attacking positioning, to limit the influence of Aliir Aliir, who is ranked third for intercept possessions this season. Tom Hawkins proved dangerous to the Power defence earlier in the season, kicking four goals from eight scoring shots.

In a match that could be decided by the finest of margins, I believe it could be the home advantage that drags the Power over the line to make it two successive qualifying final triumphs over the Cats.

Power vs Cats Team News


The Power have a relatively fit squad at the moment, with Mitch Georgiades expected to be available following his precautionary hamstring injury against the Dogs last week. Orazio Fantasia is most likely another week away.

Zach Touhy will be looking to return to the side after recovering from his hamstring injury. He looks to be one of the only upcoming changes for Friday night.

The two sides last met in Round 13, which saw the Cats win by 21 points.

Power vs Cats Stats


  • The home side has won three of the previous four meetings
  • These two sides met in last season’s Qualifying final; Port Adelaide won by 16 points
  • Geelong is the 2nd best defensive side in the competition, with Port Adelaide 3rd
  • Ollie Wines has had 30+ disposals in six of his last eight matches
  • Tom Hawkins has kicked 2+ goals 15 times this season, including four against the Power in Round 13

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