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Match preview v Sydney

Adam Curley -  August 9, 2017 10:49 AM


Preview Saturday's match against the Swans.

Fremantle will make the trip to Sydney for a clash with the Swans, and it looms as a tough assignment for Ross Lyon's team who showed some good signs in their win over the Suns last week. Sydney bounced back from a loss to Hawthorn to defeat Geelong and reaffirm its status as a premiership contender. In captain Nat Fyfe, Lachie Neale and the Hill brothers, Stephen and Bradley, the visitors have some quality in the midfield, but the Swans' miserly defence is settled and in form. At the other end it's a different story, with Lance Franklin, Sam Reid and Tom Papley likely to test Freo’s defenders.

WHERE AND WHEN: SCG, Saturday 12 August, 1.45pm EST
TV AND RADIO: Click here for broadcast guide

R19, 2016, Sydney Swans 21.11 (137) d Fremantle Dockers 7.5 (47) at Domain Stadium
1QF, 2015, Fremantle Dockers 10.9 (69) d Sydney Swans 7.18 (60) at Domain Stadium
R4, 2015, Fremantle Dockers 11.8 (74) d Sydney Swans 8.12 (60) at Domain Stadium
1QF, 2014, Sydney Swans 13.15 (93) d Fremantle Dockers 10.9 (69) at ANZ Stadium
R5, 2014, Sydney Swans 13.14 (92) d Fremantle Dockers 11.9 (75) at the SCG 

1. When these teams last played, the Swans dominated the second half kicking 14 goals to four. Josh Kennedy collected the three Brownlow votes with 45 disposals and three goals.

2. The Swans are one of the strongest contested possession teams this season, they're ranked fifth averaging 147.4 per game, while Fremantle are ranked 17th at an average of 134.2.

3. Not much separates the sides recently; they have three wins each with one draw since 2013. The Swans have dominated Fremantle at the SCG winning 11 games to four, with one draw.

4. The Swans remain the best team over the past few months; since round seven they're 11-2, three games ahead of the next best team. In that time, they've conceded only 67 points per game.

5. Fremantle midfielder Lachie Neale had 32 possessions, 11 clearances, 10 tackles and a goal against Gold Coast last week, and the performance has seen him jump to 10th in the Schick AFL Player Ratings, a career high.