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Match preview: Sydney v Gold Coast

Pick a Winner: Syd v GC Duck and Browny preview the Swans v Suns

Where and when: SCG, Saturday June 29, 4.35pm AEST 

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What it means for Sydney: With four wins from their past six matches the Swans are incredibly still in the finals race, but they must be just about perfect for the rest of the year. They'll also be keen for some revenge after being embarrassed by Gold Coast at home last season.

What it means for Gold Coast: After nine losses in a row the Suns desperately need a win to give them a boost for the rest of the season. They caused the upset of the year at the SCG 12 months ago so it's not out of the question.  


The stat: After dominating the opening term and booting 6.4 in round 18 last season, the Swans kicked 2.12 for the rest of the match as they were overrun by Gold Coast. The Suns kicked 11.11 to win by 24 points. 

The match-up: Tom Papley v Lachie Weller
Both players are in fantastic form with Papley leading the Swans' goalkicking with 23 majors this season, and Weller providing the Suns with dash off half-back. Papley is Sydney's barometer inside 50 with his speed but Weller is just as damaging with his pace and ball use, so it should be a fantastic battle.

It's a big week for: Sam Reid
With superstar Lance Franklin missing again with injury, Reid is the man who must provide the Swans with a target deep inside 50. He's had a quiet couple of weeks but there's no better time to stand up and show the way for his young teammates with Franklin out.

Big call: Recruit Daniel Menzel is still trying to find his form but the former Geelong forward will have a breakout game as a Swan and boot six goals for the first time in his career. 

Prediction: Swans by 27 points