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Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground
When: Saturday July 26, 10.40am (BST)
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It’s being billed as one of the biggest matches of the season and could possibly a prelude to this year’s Grand Final.
The Swans have been nothing short of superb this season and have won their past 12 matches straight, becoming the outright favourites to lift up the premiership trophy in late September.
Sydney will be boosted by the return of Kurt Tippett and Dan Hannebery into an already dominant side that have looked a class above since their poor opening few rounds.
The Hawks will also welcome back some much-needed names, with Josh Gibson and Brad Hill returning to the line-up and Alastair Clarkson’s side inch closer towards full strength heading into the finals.
The involvement of Buddy Franklin will add plenty of spice to the clash, with the star Sydney forward playing against his old club with whom he won premierships with in 2008 and 2013.
Be sure to tune into this one.
1. When the Sydney Swans beat Hawthorn in round eight, Kurt Tippett booted four goals, Dan Hannebery was the standout with 40 possessions and two goals and Lance Franklin kicked 2.7 against his old side.
2. The Hawks are averaging 57.7 inside 50s a game this season, the most in the AFL. The Swans are next best at 56.7 a game.
3. In 156 contests between these clubs, Hawthorn holds the edge, 86-68, with two draws.
4. The Sydney Swans will need to create history to beat Hawthorn. The Swans have won 12 straight games since round five – the fourth time they have won a dozen consecutive matches – but have never won 13 in a row.
5. Hawthorn has kicked the most goals this season – 274 in 16 games. The Swans are fourth with 224 goals, also in 16 games (Port Adelaide and Fremantle have played one more game and kicked 256 and 226 respectively).
6. Swans Kieren Jack (eighth), Josh Kennedy (ninth) and Lance Franklin (10th) will be the highest-ranked players on the ground on Saturday night in the Official AFL Player Ratings. Jarryd Roughead is the leading Hawk at No.15. (AFL.com.au)