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At Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, two heavyweights, St. Kilda Saints and GWS Giants, lock horns in an intense AFL playoffs. The game will kick off at 5:20 UTC at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Friday, September 08, 2023. Check out our pre-match analysis and predictions for this game.
Kilda Saints vs GWS Giants – match predictions
St Kilda Saints and GWS Giants surprised fans, and none predicted their lovely performance. Two teams that were not expected to be in the running for the championship.
However, both teams have displayed a solid performance all through the season. On Friday, the two teams clash at the Marvel Stadium in what is expected to be a fierce contest.
St Kilda to win by 1-30 Margin @ 1/2 (1.50)
The St. Kilda Saints, written off by many before the season began, surprised everyone by finishing the year in sixth position with a solid performance. After making some changes to his defense, Ross (the coach) has seen his team improve significantly, winning four of their past six games.
However, the Giants are formidable and want to secure a win. Still, St Kilda is expected to win this but with a narrow margin, at most 30 points, and we can see that happening because St Kilda are the better team and they will have the home court advantage.
GWS Giants to open scoring @ 7/2 (5.50)
The GWS team is organised and very fluid. We should expect an attacking approach from GWS, which could lead to goals. The Giants have repeated this several times in 2023 and, on Saturday, would aim to do this. So, while we can see the Saints winning, we can also see the Giants scoring first.
St Kilda Saints vs GWS Giants preview
Here are the results of the most recent games for both teams this season. Now, let’s get started!
St Kilda Saints
The Saints’ games have wavered a few times this season, losing to Brisbane Lion, Carlton Blues, and North Melbourne. However, things still look good as Max King is expected to be well in time for the playoffs; Seb Ross’ hamstring ailment may keep him out of action this season. But medics have now confirmed that Josh Battle and Dougal Howard would be available for the qualifier games.
The GWS Giants secured a home-and-away victory by beating the Essendon Bombers and the Carlton Blues. Although Sam Taylor’s hamstring issue has hurt the Giants, the team would come into this game and the playoffs with confidence, having won two in their last four games in the regular season.
Saints vs Giants head-to-head
The Saints have a record of winning five out of their previous ten matchups against the Giants, with one ending in a draw, while the GWS Giants have a history of winning four out of their last ten clashes against the St. Kilda Saints. It definitely would be a fierce encounter and exciting to watch.
Key match details
Starting Time: 3:20 pm AEST
Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
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