We take a look at Saturday afternoons (24/8/2019) AFL 2019 Week 23 match is between the Sydney Swans and St Kilda Saints. A stack of milestones and farewell games is what’s making this game interesting. Buddy Franklin’s 300th game should draw a huge crowd in itself.
When: Saturday August 24th, 09:15
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
The Swans and Saints are out of finals contention, but this match gives both sides a chance to look forward to next season. The Swans will farewell veteran Kieran Jack and Lance Franklin is in contention to return to the field after being out since round 14 and play his 300th game.
Sydney stopped their losing skid with a dominant 53-point win against the Dees, their biggest of the season. St Kilda started well against the Blues, but lost by 10 points, with Carlton booting six goals to three in the second half.
These two sides last met way back in round 12 last season, with Sydney winning by 71 points. This clash is sure to be a lot closer, with the Saints winning nine games this season after just four victories in 2018.
Sydney has a nine-match winning streak against the Saints dating back to 2012, with the Saints’ last win at the SCG a one-point victory in 2009.
Despite just seven wins this season, the Swans are 12-9 at the line and 5-5 at home. The Saints road form has been poor, winning just one from seven away from Melbourne and covering the line three times. The Wolf expects their road woes to continue with the Swans sure to be fired up to celebrate the career of Kieran Jack and potentially Buddy’s 300th.
Tip: St Kilda Saints at $3.02
Value Tip: First Goal Scorer: Sam Reid at $10
B Tom McCartin, Dane Rampe, Lewis Melican
HB Jake Lloyd, Callum Mills, Jarrad McVeigh
C Oliver Florent, Luke Parker, George Hewett
HF Jordan Dawson, Lance Franklin, Nick Blakey
F Tom Papley, Aliir Aliir, Isaac Heeney
FOL Sam Reid, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack
I/C Robbie Fox, Daniel Menzel, James Rowbottom, Ben Ronke
EMG Hayden McLean, Ryan Clarke, James Rose, James Bell
IN Jarrad McVeigh, Lance Franklin
OUT James Bell (Omitted), Ryan Clarke (Omitted)
B Shane Savage, Jake Carlisle, Nathan Brown
HB Jack Newnes, Sam Rowe, Hunter Clark
C Jack Billings, Sebastian Ross, Nick Hind
HF Josh Battle, Josh Bruce, Blake Acres
F Jack Lonie, Tim Membrey, Ben Long
FOL Rowan Marshall, Jack Steven, Jack Steele
I/C Luke Dunstan, Dan Hannebery, Jack Sinclair, Callum Wilkie
EMG Ed Phillips, Ben Paton, Bailey Rice, Doulton Langlands
IN Sam Rowe
OUT Ben Paton (Omitted)
NEW Sam Rowe
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change