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Match preview: Richmond v Geelong

Pick a Winner: Rich v Geel Duck and Browny preview the Tigers v Cats

Where and when: MCG, Friday June 7, 7.50pm AEST

TV, radio and online: Click here for broadcast guide

What it means for Richmond: An upset win over the top team in the competition would send a message that last week's disappointing loss was an aberration. It would also keep the Tigers in the top eight.

What it means for Geelong: The MCG has not recently been a happy hunting ground for Geelong when playing Richmond, and a win against a top-eight side would be a confidence booster ahead of September.  

The stat: Richmond lost 20 of 21 matches to Geelong between 2001 and 2017, before breaking the streak in the qualifying final of that year. The Tigers have now won the past three games between the two clubs.

The match-up: David Astbury v Tom Hawkins

Hawkins is traditionally a match-up for Alex Rance, with Astbury looking likely to take the job. The Cat (ranked 33rd overall in the AFL Player Ratings) is in red-hot form, making it a tough task for Astbury (320th).

The in-form Tom Hawkins will prove a handful for David Astbury. Picture: AFL Photos

It’s a big week for: Richmond's midfield

Coach Damien Hardwick said the team was "smacked around" against North Melbourne, losing the contested ball by 22 and tackle count by 17. It's not going to be any easier against the likes of Cats Tim Kelly, Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood.

Big call: In his second week back in the side after a hamstring injury, Trent Cotchin will find his feet and finish with 30 touches.

Prediction: Cats by 23 points

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