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Aussie Rules: Giants out to build on Cats shock

Greater Western Sydney and Richmond are both in need of a win when they clash at Giants Stadium in Sydney on Sunday afternoon.

It has been a disappointing start to the 2023 campaign for both sides, who sit in 14th and 15th on the ladder respectively, and are in need of a boost. 

One is set to be left disappointed and with the games ticking away, their hopes of getting anywhere near the top eight and finals will also be slipping away. 

There are two games to look forward to in the AFL on Sunday, with Essendon and North Melbourne going head-to-head, but it is the Giants and Tigers that will get the action underway in the early game.

GWS need some home comforts

WhatGreater Western Sydney v Richmond
WhereGiants Stadium, Sydney
When13:10 (AEST) Sunday 4th June, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsGreater Western Sydney 1.85, Richmond 1.97

Greater Western Sydney began the campaign hoping to make a push for finals, but so far things have not gone to plan. 

The Giants sit 4-7 for the campaign and are eight points away from the top eight. Unless there is a big turnaround then they will miss out on finals once again. 

GWS should take plenty of confidence from a massive win against reigning premiers Geelong last week. The seven-point win was even more impressive considering it was at the home of the Cats and they now need to back it up at Giants Stadium. 

Their last two games at home have ended in defeat, but have been against top sides in the shape of St Kilda and Western Bulldogs. There was not much separating the sides either. 

St Kilda won by 12 points, the Bulldogs by 15. The Giants have won just two games at home so far this season when beating Adelaide and Hawthorn, and again there was not much in either game. 

Sunday’s game looks sure to be another close encounter and both sides are priced at 6.00 to win by 1-12 points.  

Giants captain Toby Greene will be crucial to their chances and he has been in good touch so far when booting 26 goals. He is priced at 1.08 to score at anytime on Sunday.

Tigers in need of a boost 

The Tigers are still coming to terms with the fact premiership coach Damien Hardwick has left the club, and a win over the Giants would give them a much-needed boost. 

Richmond slipped to a one-point defeat against Essendon, that turned out to be Hardwick’s last game before he announced his resignation. 

They then lost to Port Adelaide by 10 points and their chances of making the top eight now look to be over. 

One thing is for certain though, the Tigers still have a side packed with quality, and with some of them having won three premierships, they will be playing for pride between now and the end of the season. 

Richmond have won just three games this season, and two of them have been at home against West Coast Eagles and Geelong. 

The only win on the road did come at Adelaide way back in round two. They have won two of the last three games against the Giants, but again both of those were at home. 

The one time they lost, it was by 39 points at Giants Stadium. So the Tigers will need to cure their travel sickness if they are to get the job done on Sunday. 

Tim Taranto is starring in midfield when averaging 30.8 disposals a game this season and is priced at 1.87 to go over 30.5 against the Giants. 

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