We take a look at the AFL Finals game between Richmond Tigers and St Kilda Saints which is to be played at Metricon Stadium on Friday. are the favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 7:40 pm. We preview the upcoming Richmond Tigers vs. St Kilda Saints game and give you the latest odds, tips and teams.
When: Friday October 9, 2020 at 7:40 pm
Where: Metricon Stadium
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Richmond Tigers vs St Kilda Saints Odds
Richmond Tigers vs St Kilda Saints Preview
After suffering a 15 point loss at the hands of the mighty Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds), Richmond finds themselves in their first semi-final since 2001 against the Saints who are coming off an emotional win against the Bulldogs in an elimination final.
The Tigers, who were last week’s premiership favourite will now have to do things the hard way and the Richmond faithful, along with those who have backed them would be hoping for a far more disciplined effort as some costly mistakes resulted in 50m penalties/Lions goals.
They were never out of the game last Friday night, but were clearly beaten by a better team on the night – Brisbane simply wanted it more and used the game to make a statement to the AFL world.
Richmond will no doubt welcome the return of Tom Lynch from a hamstring injury.
Lynch is a certainty to be back in the team and premiership players Josh Caddy and Nathan Broad look are very much in the mix when it comes to selection.
St Kilda won their first final in almost a decade, holding off a fast-finishing Bulldogs at the Gabba last Saturday.
It was an outstanding effort from the Saints who gave their all and one could help but not be happy for them after the siren (minus Bulldogs fans)
However, they face an uphill battle in this game.
Paddy Ryder who was the Saints best on ground, keeping Tim English is out with a hamstring injury.
Jake Carlisle will be out to attend the birth of his child, Jake Long is out with suspension and there is a potential injury cloud on Josh Battle.
If the Saints are to pull this off, it would truly be one of the all-time great finals upsets.
However, I can’t see this happening.
Richmond is not a team that drops two games on the trot.
Despite the Saints 26 point win over the Tigers earlier this season (when footy was still being played in Melbourne) and Brett Ratten’s 7-0 coaching record against Richmond – I wouldn’t recommend backing them.
It’s also worth pointing out that Richmond has chosen to play their home final at Metricon Stadium for a reason.
The Tigers have won all six of their games at their home away from home this season by an average of 36 points and given the outs for St Kilda, the hopes of a finals upset are highly unlikely.
Take the Tigers 40+ and progress to a date with Port Adelaide in a preliminary final.
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Richmond Tigers vs St Kilda Saints Teams
Backs D.Astbury 12 D.Grimes 2 N.Balta 21
Half Backs L.Baker 7 N.Vlastuin 1 B.Houli 14
Centreline K.McIntosh 33 J.Graham 34 M.Pickett 50
Half Forwards S.Bolton 29 J.Castagna 11 D.Martin 4
Forwards T.Lynch 19 J.Riewoldt 8 D.Rioli 17
Followers T.Nankervis 25 S.Edwards 10 T.Cotchin – C 9
Interchange D.Prestia 3 J.Short 15 K.Lambert 23
Emergencies O.Markov 31 J.Caddy 22 M.Chol 41
In: – T.Lynch, N.Broad
Out: – J.Aarts (Omitted), M.Chol (Omitted)
Backs J.Marsh 43 D.Howard 20 B.Paton 33
Half Backs N.Coffield 1 C.Wilkie 44 J.Geary – C 14
Centreline B.Hill 8 S.Ross 6 J.Billings 15
Half Forwards D.Butler 16 T.Membrey 28 J.Sinclair 35
Forwards D.Kent 25 M.King 12 J.Battle 26
Followers R.Marshall 19 Z.Jones 3 J.Steele 9
Interchange S.Savage 5 H.Clark 11 D.Hannebery 10
Emergencies R.Abbott 27 D.Roberton 17 N.Hind 40
In: – J.Marsh, J.Battle, S.Savage
Out: – B.Long (Suspension), J.Carlisle (Managed), P.Ryder (Injured)