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Aussie Rules: Cats out for six in a row

Week nine of the AFL gets underway with a double-header on Friday night with Geelong looking to keep their unbeaten run going against Richmond at the MCG.

The reigning premiers have found their form with five wins on the spin, although the same cannot be said of the Tigers, who have won just two all season. 

In the second game on Friday night another struggling side, West Coast Eagles, will be hoping for some home comforts when they take on Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium. 

The Eagles have won just once this season, while the Gold Coast are just a few places above them on the ladder after winning three. 

There is a lot riding on these two games and we should be in for some exciting football as another round of action gets underway.

Tigers out to pull off upset

WhatRichmond v Geelong
WhereMCG, Melbourne
When19:20 (AEST) Friday 12th May, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsRichmond 3.50, Geelong 1.31

Richmond ended a run of five straight defeats at the weekend, which will be a relief to all connected to the Tigers. 

However they will not get too excited as they were on home soil against a West Coast side that has won just one game this season. 

Even so coach Damien Hardwick will now be hoping that the 46-point win over the Eagles can kick-start his side on to better things. 

It will be far from easy though against a Geelong side that have recovered from a horror start of losing their opening three games, to winning the next five. 

Chris Scott’s men have seen off Adelaide, Essendon and Sydney in the last three games and will be buzzing heading into the game against the Tigers. 

They also have the upper-hand in recent meetings between the two teams, winning the last three on the bounce. The most recent being a narrow three-point win in June 2022.

Danger out for Cats 

Geelong will be without captain Patrick Dangerfield after he was ruled out for a few weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up against Adelaide. 

The Cats will however be relieved that the injury is only low grade, and will not keep him out for a lengthy spell. 

Geelong star Jeremy Cameron currently leads the Coleman Medal with 33 goals to his name so far this season and he can be backed at 5.00 to boot the first on Friday night. 

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Injury-ravaged Eagles need a boost

WhatWest Coast v Gold Coast
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When18:40 (AEST) Friday 12th May, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsWest Coast 3.60, Gold Coast 1.30

West Coast’s season continues to go from bad to worse after they suffered another heavy defeat at the weekend and lost another player to injury in the process. 

The Eagles have had a horror run on the injury front for the best part of 18 months and Jai Culley was the latest player to be struck down when suffering a season-ending ACL against Richmond. 

There is some light at the end of the tunnel with a number of players close to making a return, including young midfielder Campbell Chesser, but coach Adam Simpson is wary of rushing them back. 

West Coast’s only win of the season did come at Optus when they beat GWS in round two, but they have also lost on home soil against Melbourne and Carlton, with both sides racking up over 100 points. 

Indeed West Coast have conceded over 100 points in each of the last six games. The good news for the Eagles is the fact that the Suns have yet to break through the 100 point mark in a game this season. 

However the Suns have won on the road at Richmond and the last time they took on the Eagles at Optus 12 months ago, they did win 107-80. 

The Suns also ran out 107-104 winners when they clashed on the Gold Coast later on in July. West Coast may have issues but at least they have Oscar Allen, who has booted 22 goals this season and is priced at 1.08 to score anytime on Friday night. 

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