AFL Friday: Geelong v Hawthorn tips, prediction and odds, round 2, 2020

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Geelong host Hawthorn at GMHBA Stadium in the second match back after the COVID-19-forced break, and it’s the first time the arch rivals have clashed in Geelong since 2006.

The first Friday night AFL match back features two teams who have played so many epic contests over the past 35 years and there has generally been one constant: you can tear up the form guide when the Hawks and Cats clash.

A crucial factor here is that Geelong are playing at home on their long, narrow ground, though Hawthorn have been training using this ground’s dimensions for the past few weeks.

The Cats have a great home record, though they usually play the lower-ranked teams there. In this reshaped season it will be interesting to see how they cope when some of he bigger clubs come calling at Kardinia Park.

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Geelong were so close to advancing to the grand final last season but have now had 10 weeks to stew on a disappointing opening-round loss to Greater Western Sydney.

Meanwhile, the Hawks opened their season way back in round one with a convincing victory against contenders Brisbane. They will give midfield star Jaeger O’Meara every chance to overcome a facial fracture he suffered at training last week.

Geelong recruit Jack Steven has declared himself fit to play after recovering from a stab would suffered in an undisclosed incident, but it seems unlikely the Cats selectors will include him in this match.

Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Cats v Hawks clash in Geelong on Friday, June 12.

Cats v Hawks odds

Start: 7.50pm local time
Venue: GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
Head-to-head odds: Geelong $1.54, Hawthorn $2.48
Line Betting: Geelong (-10.5 points) $1.90, Hawthorn (+10.5 points) $1.90
Premiership Odds: Geelong $15, Hawthorn $15

Cats v Hawks free betting tips

Below our AFL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Geelong-Hawthorn clash.

Hawthorn +10.5 points at $1.90

You can never underestimate a team coach by Alastair Clarkson and the Hawks will be well drilled about what to expect down in Corio Bay. On paper and last year’s form, Geelong look the goods, but we think there is not much between these two teams this year so the value lies with the Hawks. Take the $1.90 available with Unibet.

Either team to win by 15 points or less (inc draw)

This option is available with Unitbet at $2.38, As mentioned, we expect a tight one, especially with cool and windy conditions expected for Friday night.

Geelong v Hawthorn prediction

We are tipping this match will be a return to the days of epic arm-wrestles between these two teams. They can both rightly lay claim to being among the great clubs of the AFL era, though at the moment they both look slightly off the pace. The great unknown is how each team will present after the lockdown period. But they are both highly professional clubs so we expect them to be in good shape. Our final Geelong v Hawthorn prediction? Hawks by seven points.

Cats v Hawks lowdown

How can I watch the Cats-Hawks AFL clash?

Free to air TV: Seven Mate; subscription TV: Foxtel; streaming/IPTV: Kayo; mobile: AFL Live Pass.

How can I bet on the Cats v Hawks clash?

All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the AFL.

What time does Friday’s Cats-Hawks game start?

The game starts at 7.50pm local time.

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