The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Semi-finals

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    It feels odd to be saying it about sixth versus second but Sydney to defeat Geelong seems like an incredibly straightforward tip on form.

    The Swans have had the wood over Geelong for a long time regardless of playing home or away and tore the Cats apart in the opening quarter in an MCG final last year.

    The Cats simply don’t inspire any confidence at the moment, while Sydney delivered the most complete performance of any team last week.

    As for GWS and West Coast, both have concerns, and the Tigers will be licking their lips knowing that their preliminary final opponent comes from this pairing.

    GWS have ruled out both Shane Mumford and Jeremy Cameron for the season after injuries last week which is about as big a nail in the coffin as you could come up with for this club.

    West Coast on the other hand, with all due respect to them achieving more than was expected, have only narrowly scraped by and you get the feeling they’ve already played and won their grand final.

    The Giants will be fired up after a poor performance last week and regardless of the absence of Mumford and Cameron should blow the Eagles away – but book your grand final tickets Richmond fans, because GWS are no chance against the Tigers next week.

    Phil Davis GWS Giants AFL 2017

    (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

    Cameron Rose
    Sydney, GWS

    By now we all know Geelong’s recent unflattering record in finals, their struggles at the MCG, and their poor record against Sydney. It’s simply to hard to see the Cats turning all of that around to win this match.

    The Swans are firing on all cylinders at the moment. The only thing Geelong has in their favour is that we might see a psychological spike from an under fire playing group, similar to what they did in Round 21 against Richmond when going in underdogs.

    This one should be brutally physical early, but can the Cats sustain it, and perform under it? I can’t see it.

    West Coast travel to Spotless Stadium under a wave of momentum after a last gasp win over Port, which followed on from a last gasp entry into finals in the first place.

    They have a good record against GWS, but we have to expect better from the Giants than what we saw in Adelaide.

    Jeremy McGovern will be a key again, but it’s up to GWS to get their running game going, and beat the Eagles on the outside. I think they will.

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    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • September 14th 2017 @ 9:40am
      Deir-ba-zor said | September 14th 2017 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      If Geelong beats Sydney and West Coast beat GWS it will be funny.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 10:16am
      Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

      Have a good feeling that Geelong and wce are going to pull off something special this week but yes the swans and gws could flog the proverbial out of both teams
      That said Geelong by 4pts and wce by 15pts this weekend.

    • Roar Guru

      September 14th 2017 @ 1:52pm
      Peppsy said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

      Sydney to belt Geelong
      West Coast to sneak past Giants in another thriller

    • Columnist

      September 14th 2017 @ 2:05pm
      Cameron Rose said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

      “GWS are no chance against the Tigers next week.”

      From the bloke coming last in the tipping.

      Thanks for the mozz, Josh.

      • Roar Rookie

        September 14th 2017 @ 2:24pm
        FreoFan said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

        Being a Fremantle supporter, I have been through plenty of times where the expectation is high and they have let me down. But I imagine it would be at a whole other level for Tigers fans right now. You’re so close to a GF but the thought of failure must be sitting in the back of all the minds of Tigers supporters nationwide!

        Not trying to add to the mozz here, but you’d have to really stuff it up to lose to either the teams I now dub the ‘Adelaide Eagles’ or the ‘One Way Run Giants’.

        I think we can all be reasonably certain that Sydney or Adelaide awaits you in the GF Cam…Who do you want to face? (Hypothetically of course…don’t want you getting too ahead of yourself…) 😉

    • Roar Guru

      September 14th 2017 @ 4:50pm
      AdelaideDocker said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

      Being a Fremantle supporter, I have been through plenty of times where the expectation is high and they have let me down.

      Hahahahaha I can totally understand that. It’s a tough life, supporting this team, hey FF?

    • September 15th 2017 @ 9:30am
      guttsy said | September 15th 2017 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      The West Coast have had their “grandfinal” moment this year with their kick after the siren win against Port. Also if West Coast win against GWS on Saturday, the travel factor is going to kick in heavily when they play Richmond in Melbourne the following week, which will make it very unlikely forWest Coast to win that game let alone win the Grandfinal which is almost an impossibility for West Coast given the repeated travel over their finals series.

      At least GWS will have a decent chance of winning against Richmond and even potentially winning the Grand Final. So iI hope GWS win for me, but having said this a West Coast win is probably an even chance.

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