Sun, Apr 16, 10:09am by Head Editor
Date and Time: Monday March 17, 3:20pm AEST
TV: Channel 7/ Fox Footy
It’s been one of the greatest rivalries of the modern era, and in their traditional Easter Monday clash at the MCG, Hawthorn are at the longest odds they’ve been since the 2011 preliminary final.
The Hawks have been the most talked about club this week, they are 0-3 and last week’s shocker against the Suns stunned the football world. They’ll head in as $3 outsiders with the undefeated Cats at $1.40.
Much of the scrutiny has come about due to the club’s aggressive trade period in which they showed two of their legends (Jordan Lewis and Sam Mitchell) the door, and brought in Sydney’s Tom Mitchell and Gold Coast’s Jaeger O’Meara.
Those two have started well for the club, but the latter will not pull the boots on this Monday, he’s out with a knee injury. The biggest issue so far for the most successful club this decade has been the likes of Cyril Rioli, Isaac Smith and Will Langford, who need to lift if the club is to get off the bottom of the ladder.
Geelong have made a much smoother start to the campaign, with wins over Fremantle, North Melbourne and Melbourne. It’s been a similar story with reigning Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield and skipper Joel Selwood once again on fire this season.
They did unearth a star in the making in last week’s win over the Demons though, with Brandan Parfitt winning the Rising Star nomination after racking up 23 disposals and a goal.
Geelong have won 14 of their last 19 against the Hawks since the brown and gold upset the highly-fancied Cats in the 2008 Grand Final. 11 of those have been decided by under 10 points but I can’t see it being that close again here.
Big Win Little Win
Hawthorn 1-39 $3.40
Geelong 1-39 $2.20
Hawthorn 40+ $12
Geelong 40+ $3.50
Hawthorn (+15.5) $1.92
Geelong (-15.5) $1.92
Total Game Points – Over/Under
Over (188.5) $1.90
Under (188.5) $1.90
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