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Where: StarTrack Stadium, Canberra
When: 4.45am (BST)
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North Melbourne will head to Canberra keen to get back on the winner’s list after consecutive defeats threaten to derail its finals hopes.
A matchup against the GWS couldn’t have come at a better time for Brad Scott’s side, who despite their inconsistent season should win this one quite comfortably.
The Giants on the other hand are missing several key players, but have shown they can match with top eight sides on their day.
Leon Cameron’s side have improved drastically since last season, but North should have far too much here.
Kangaroos by at least 40.
1. North Melbourne has had few troubles against GWS to date, winning all three contests between the teams by an average of 81 points.
2. Clearances are an area in which the Giants may be able to get on top – they are ranked equal second in the AFL with 40.6 per game. The Kangaroos are 14th.
3. GWS has played eight games in Canberra, with its lone victory coming against Gold Coast in round seven, 2012. North has a solid 4-2 interstate record in 2014.
4. Both sides boast strong ruck divisions, with GWS’ Shane Mumford ranked second in the competition for average hit-outs per game. North’s Todd Goldstein is sixth.
5. When these teams last met, in round 14 last year, Drew Petrie and Lindsay Thomas kicked nine goals between them, while Brent Harvey’s 24 touches and three goals gave him the three Brownlow votes.
6. Callan Ward has been climbing the standings in the Official AFL Player Ratings. Ranked 43rd overall back in round five, he has risen to a career-high 17th entering round 20.