St Kilda and Hawthorn have a chance to make a statement as they meet on the big stage that is the MCG. We’ll have live scores from 7.40pm AEST.
St Kilda are sitting on three wins and are coming off a 18-point win over Melbourne. They sit sixth on the ladder but arguably need to take a big scalp.
Hawthorn, meanwhile, were on the receiving end of a surprise result when they were trumped by Sydney in Launceston by 37 points.
It means they have just two wins to their name.
For the Saints, the past two weeks has seen some of their big names shut down by the opposition. Nick Dal Santo, Sam Fisher and Stephen Milne were well contained by Fremantle two weeks ago, and Melbourne employed a similar tactic by going after Brendon Goddard.
Lenny Hayes has been in fine form, though, and Dal Santo bounced back last week with 29 touches.
The side’s only change is Arryn Siposs coming in for Dean Polo.
For the Hawks, a solid first half did not prepare them for a second half Swans onslaught. Jarryd Roughead was in form with five goals, but Lance Franklin has been inaccurate of late and has only one goal from the last two weeks.
They’ll be keen to crank up the win tally a bit more in coming weeks, you can count on that.
Grant Birchall and Isaac Smith are among the inclusions for this week, although Josh Gibson is out with an ankle injury.
At the beginning of the season this would have looked a reasonably routine four points for the Hawks, but now it looks anything but, and another loss will crank up the pressure out at Glenferrie.
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B: Jason Gram, Sam Gilbert, Jason Blake
HB: Tom Simpkin, Sam Fisher, Sean Dempster
C: Nick Dal Santo, Lenny Hayes, Brendon Goddard
HF: Jack Steven, Nick Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna
F: Stephen Milne, Rhys Stanley, Arryn Siposs
Foll: Ben McEvoy, David Armitage, Clinton Jones
I/C: Jarryn Geary, Jamie Cripps, Terry Milera, Beau Wilkes
Emg: Justin Koschitzke, Dean Polo, Ahmed Saad
In: Arryn Siposs
Out: Dean Polo
B: Benjamin Stratton, Jarrad Boumann, Brent Guerra
HB: Grant Birchall, Ryan Schoenmakers, Luke Hodge
C: Liam Shiels, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis
HF: Michael Osborne, Lance Franklin, Shane Savage
F: Cyril Rioli, Jarryd Roughead, Luke Breust
Foll: David Hale, Shaun Burgoyne, Brad Sewell
I/C: Brendan Whitecross, Matt Suckling, Isaac Smith, Paul Puopolo
Emg: Kyle Cheney, Jack Gunston, Broc McCauley
In: Grant Birchall, Isaac Smith, Jarrad Boumann
Out: Josh Gibson (Ankle), Kyle Cheney, Broc McCauley
First Bounce: 7.40pm AEST Venue: MCG Last time: Hawthorn 14.15 (99) d St Kilda 10.9 (69) Betting: $3.55 St Kilda, $1.30 Hawthorn TV: 7 (Live), Fox Sports 1 (Live)