The Swans are coming off the bye, which interrupted their run of six straight wins, but coach John Longmire is hopeful the break won't hurt his side's momentum. The Tigers are coming off a loss to West Coast but had won four in a row before the hiccup and will be keen to get their season back on track. Richmond caused a big upset when they beat the Swans at ANZ Stadium in round 23 last year, but don't have a great recent record at the SCG.


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R23, 2014, Richmond 10.8 (68) d Sydney Swans 9.11 (65) at ANZ Stadium
R14, 2014, Sydney Swans 9.8 (62) d Richmond 7.9 (51) at the MCG
R18, 2013, Sydney Swans 16.14 (110) d Richmond 9.9 (63) at the SCG
R7, 2012, Richmond 13.13 (91) d Sydney Swans 8.14 (62) at the MCG
R21, 2011, Richmond 14.15 (99) d Sydney Swans 7.14 (56) at the MCG

1. Richmond's midfield was the difference between the sides in round 23 last year. Tigers Brett Deledio and Trent Cotchin had 29 possessions apiece in the win.

2. The Tigers have won three of their past five clashes with the Swans.

3. These clubs have played 26 times at the SCG, with the Swans winning 16 to 10, including the past seven. Richmond hasn't won here since 2004.

4. The Swans average 72 tackles a game this season, ranked third in the AFL. Richmond is 14th at 62.1.

5. Richmond has received the most free kicks a game this season, averaging 23.6. Captain Trent Cotchin is second among players for frees with 29 and Anthony Miles fifth with 26. 

6. The Swans have two players inside the top ten of the AFL's official player ratings in Lance Franklin (8th) and Josh Kennedy (10th), while Richmond only has one inside the top 50, with Shane Edwards at 47.

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR… Adam Goodes
The dual Brownlow Medallist is in great form despite some recent controversy, and will have many of his 2005 premiership teammates cheering him on at the SCG on Friday night. While Goodes won't be able to join in the celebrations at the club's reunion, another strong performance will no doubt help make it a night to remember for the rest of the Swans' flag-winning heroes.

PREDICTION: Sydney Swans by 28 points.