North Melbourne v Sydney Swans Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Kangas to notch up a win over the Swans

Adam Cusworth 15 May 2019
  • Footy heads to Hobart for the Round 9 clash between the Kangaroos and the Swans. 
  • Here is our preview of the Saturday night encounter

North Melbourne and Sydney square off at Blundstone Arena in Hobart in AFL Round 9 in what shapes as an important game for both sides. 

First bounce is at 7.25PM AEST and all the action can be seen on Channel 7 and Fox Footy. 

Match Preview


The two sides have had inglorious seasons so far, winning just two games each from their respective eight games. However, both can be buoyed by some promising recent form. 

North Melbourne were big winners two weeks ago against Carlton, defeating the Blues by 58 points before producing a competitive display against the ladder leaders, Geelong, in Round 8 when they went down by 24. 

Sydney come off a thrilling five point win against Essendon at the SCG and that effort snapped a four game losing streak. 

Little separates the two sides in a number of statistical measures, including goals scored and total disposals. Sydney are slightly better at winning the clearances and have a higher tackle count. North average more uncontested possessions. 

Look for Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker to give the Swans a slight advantage in the middle but Ben Cunnington and the classy Shaun Higgins will keep North in the game in that part of the ground. 

A lot might depend on whether or not Lance Franklin lines up for Sydney. The star forward has missed the past few weeks with a hamstring injury. At the other end of the ground, Ben Brown looms as a presence and the North big man is second on the goal kicking table with 21 majors so far this season. 

Selection News


North Melbourne are set to regain Marley Williams, while Scott Thompson is also expected to come back in after missing last weekend with a groin injury. 

Sydney will be sweating on the fitness of Franklin. Dan Menzel, Ben Ronke and Ryan Clarke are among those with strong form in the NEAFL. 

Match Odds


North Melbourne $1.72 
Sydney Swans $2.10

* correct at the time of writing

Stats


Sydney snuck home against North Melbourne the last time the two sides met, taking out the Round 17 2018 encounter by six points at Marvel Stadium. Ben Ronke booted five, while Lance Franklin kicked three majors. 

The Kangaroos defeated Sydney in thrilling circumstances at the SCG earlier last year, taking out the Round 7 clash by two points. 

Sydney have won six of their past seven against North. The Roos have a good record at Blundstone Arena, winning their past five. They include victories over West Coast, Adelaide and Carlton last year. 

Prediction and Tips


Little separates the two sides but I am inclined to jump on North on the back of their strong record at Blundstone Arena. 


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