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Match preview: Hawthorn v Greater Western Sydney

Pick a Winner: Haw v GWS Duck and Browny preview the Hawks v Giants

Where and when: MCG, Sunday May 12, 3.20pm AEST

Last time they met: Giants Stadium, round 15, 2018: GWS 13.17 (95) defeated Hawthorn 13.6 (84)

The Giants looked as though they would blow the Hawks away by quarter-time but couldn't shake their plucky opponents throughout the night. Callan Ward was best on ground with 32 disposals and two goals, while Tom Mitchell's 50 touches kept the Hawks in the game.

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What it means for Hawthorn: After three losses in their last four games, the Hawks need a stabilising win to keep their finals hopes intact. However, that is easier said than done against a strong Giants side.

What it means for GWS: The Giants have won five of their last six matches to entrench themselves in the top four. Another victory here could give them breathing space inside the eight.

How Hawthorn wins: By locking down defensively. James Frawley is set to return from a hamstring injury this weekend, while James Siciliy has been in good form. They'll need to shine if the Hawks are to shut down a potent Giants forward line.

How GWS wins: By getting off to another flying start. The Giants kicked eight goals to two in the opening term against the Saints. Doing similar this weekend could erase any bad memories of recent visits to the MCG.

 

The stat: The Giants have a pretty disappointing MCG record, winning only two of their 15 games at the home of footy in the club's history.

The match-up: James Frawley v Jeremy Cameron

Frawley has missed three weeks with a hamstring problem but is set to return for just about the toughest test in footy against Cameron this weekend. Cameron has kicked 30 goals from seven games and has a significant lead in the Coleman Medal race. Quelling him will be important.

Jack Gunston needs to hit the scoreboard if the Hawks are to win. Picture: AFL Photos

It's a big week for: Jack Gunston (Hawthorn)

Having returned to form with three goals from 20 disposals and eight marks last week, Gunston can provide the spark the Hawks need up forward. He must maintain this form if his side is to kick a tally big enough to overcome a free-scoring Giants team.

Big call: Cameron runs riot again to put a 100-goal season in his sights

Prediction: Giants by 22 points

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs