Richmond vs Geelong Grand Final Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Richmond vs Geelong Tips

The two Victorian heavyweights battle it out for the 2020 premiership in the first interstate grand final in 123 years at the Gabba.

Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats free AFL tips, predictions and preview – The last time Geelong beat Richmond in any final was 1995.

Richmond vs Geelong Tips

Richmond vs Geelong Match Details

?? Competition: AFL
? Date: Saturday October 24
Time: 7:30pm AEST
? Stadium: Gabba

Richmond vs Geelong 2020 Form

Richmond (WWLWW)

  • R17: Geelong 31-57 Richmond
  • R18: Adelaide 33-77 Richmond
  • QF: Brisbane 69-54 Richmond
  • SF:  Richmond 80-49 St Kilda
  • PF: Port Adelaide 40-46 Richmond

Geelong (LWLWW)

  • R17: Geelong 31-57 Richmond
  • R18: Sydney 63-69 Geelong
  • QF:  Port Adelaide 58-42 Geelong
  • SF:   Geelong 100-32 Collingwood
  • PF:   Brisbane 42-82 Geelong

Richmond vs Geelong Head to Head (last five matches)

Richmond have won five of the last six matches against the Cats.

  • R17 2020: Geelong 31-57 Richmond
  • PF 2019: Richmond 85-66 Geelong
  • R12 2019: Richmond 37-104 Geelong
  • R20 2018: Richmond 85-82 Geelong
  • R22 2016: Geelong 65-83 Richmond

Richmond vs Geelong Preview and Prediction

In a season that was full of surprises and disruptions, it all comes down to one match to decide it all, when the reigning premiers Richmond face an in-form Geelong outfit.

The Tigers came away with a heart-stopping six-point triumph against ladder leaders Port Adelaide to secure their third grand final appearance in four seasons.

Richmond simply had the nous and finals experience to drag them over the line in a hostile environment. Despite lacking physicality in the midfield, they were able to win 12 more clearances than the Power in wet conditions.

Toby Nankervis was exceptional against the Power and will need to do the same against Rhys Stanley on Saturday. He finished the match with 13 disposals, 19 hit-outs, 10 tackles and six intercepts.

What Richmond did well in their win over the Cats earlier in the season was their defensive tactics limiting Coleman medallist Tom Hawkins influence in the forward line.

You can expect the Richmond back 50 to be congested and many outnumbered contests on Hawkins. Young Starlet Noah Balta will have a tough job on him.

Meanwhile, Geelong proved too much for the inexperienced Lions in a 40-point triumph.

The Cats were incredible using the ball by foot with their efficiency moving the ball inside 50 is a particular highlight, taking 14 marks inside 50.

Hawkins continued his fantastic season with a comprehensive performance against the Lions. He finished the match with 12 disposals, nine score involvements and two goals.

Geelong will have the advantage in the midfield, with their exceptional depth which can be flowed into the forward line. You can expect them to aim to control the majority of possession and have more disposals on the day.

The match-up of Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield is a classic in the making.

This historic grand final has the makings to be an entertaining one, in which I believe Richmond will come out on top and continue their dynasty in the modern game.

Richmond vs Geelong Team News

The Tigers will most likely run out with an unchanged side from the team that defeated minor premiers Port Adelaide.

Tom Hawkins survived a minor mishap after testing negative to COVID-19. Whilst, Jack Steven could be touch and go, but don’t expect him to come into a side that is rich in form.

The two sides last met in Round 17 which saw Richmond defeat the Cats by 26 points.

Tigers vs Cats Stats

  • The last time Geelong beat Richmond in any final was 1995
  • This will be the first ever interstate grand final
  • The Cats average the most goals per game in the competition
  • The Tigers average the most inside 50’s this season
  • Geelong have had more disposals in 15 of their 17 home and away games this season

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