These two sides met earlier in the year and if this contest is anywhere close to as good as that one then footy fans are in for a real treat. It was a brutal game of contested footy that night. Port Adelaide the victors by 21 points.
Port Adelaide have had the luxury of a week off going into this game after they accounted for Geelong in their qualifying final two weeks ago. They were dominant in the second half and showed the rest of the competition that their brand can hold up under finals pressure.
Richmond, after succumbing to Brisbane, have had to do it the hard way. However it was no surprise to see Damian Hardwicks’s men bounce back with a win on Friday night against the Saints. The Tigers were solid in patches but the performance might have been slightly flattering. They made the most of their opportunities whilst St Kilda squandered theirs.
A big talking point out of Port Adelaide’s win over Geelong was the Trent McKenzie match up on Tom Hawkins. Hawkins, although kicking poorly, managed to have seven shots on goal and was clearly too big and strong for the undersized McKenzie. What does Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley do on Friday night? Does he back McKenzie to play on one of Richmond’s key forwards or does he look to deploy him on a smaller opponent and have Tom Jonas and Tom Clurey look after the Richmond keys.
It was $1.90 take your pick in the head to head market when the bookies put the prices up for this match. But as the week has progressed there has been strong money for Port Adelaide and they look likely to start a firming favorite on home soil.
For much of the year Richmond appeared to have one hand on the Premiership cup but the loss to Brisbane was significant and it has resulted in the worst possible scenario for the Tigers. A knock out final against Port Adelaide, in Adelaide, with a home crowd behind them. Richmond look a rung below their best and I have been taken by the brutal brand of football Port Adelaide have been playing. The Power are full of belief and look primed to cease an opportunity to advance into a Grand Final for the first time since 2007.
Suggested bet is Port Adelaide at the Line (-2.5)