Young Guns Clash On The Coast

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Gary Ablett will look to steer the young Suns to victory. Picture: Getty Images/couriermail.com.au

Gold Coast Suns v GWS

Metricon Stadium

Saturday April 26, 1.40pm (AEST)

Form: 

Suns: WLWLW

GWS: WLWLL



Why watch? 

Gold Coast is making no secret of their determination to remind fellow AFL newcomers Greater Western Sydney who is the big brother.

The Giants head north for Saturday's clash between the competition's new boys with just one win separating them on the ladder.

Match notes 

- Battle of the gun midfields - the Giants are ranked second in the competition in clearances and the Suns third

- Gold Coast is inside the top eight after five rounds with a 3-2 record, while the Giants already have matched their best season haul with two wins in the opening five weeks

- GWS missing experienced players Shane Mumford, Phil Davis, Rhys Palmer through injury while Heath Shaw and Callan Ward are also in serious doubt

Say what? 

"Obviously being the newer clubs in the competition, we'd like to stamp our mark on them," Suns onballer Jarrod Harbrow says the days of pencilling in a win against the Giants are long gone

Key injuries



Gold Coast 


Harley Bennell (calf) - 1 week

Clay Cameron (shoulder) - 2-3 weeks

Charlie Dixon (groin) - 1-2 weeks

Jack Martin (shoulder) - indefinite

Zac Smith (knee) - indefinite

GWS 

Phil Davis (kidney) - indefinite

Toby Greene (suspended) – 3 weeks

Tim Mohr (knee) - 3 weeks

Shane Mumford (knee) - 1 week

Rhys Palmer (hamstring) - 1 week

Sam Schulz (shoulder) - 2 weeks

Heath Shaw (hamstring) - test

Callan Ward (concussion) - test

Lachie Whitfield (foot) - 1 week

Last five games



Gold Coast 


W 18 Richmond

L 48 Fremantle

W 53 Brisbane Lions

L 99 Hawthorn

W 8 Melbourne

Greater Western Sydney 

W 32 Sydney

L 7 St Kilda

W 32 Melbourne

L 27 Western Bulldogs

L 65 Adelaide

Last five between clubs 

GC, GC, GC, GC, GWS

Fantasy factoid 

Suns skipper Gary Ablett remains Sportal AFL Fantasy's top ranked player, averaging 179.2 points per round. Remember Sportal AFL Fantasy is a week-by-week competition, so you can join at any time.

Cold hard fact 

Gold Coast is ranked 15th for total disposals this season. The Giants are even worse at getting their hands on the footy and are ranked16th.



Final word 

The match will test pace v power - GWS has the power forwards, but the Suns have pace to burn.

Based on the fact and GWS has one of the worst injury lists in the competition and because the game is at Metricon Stadium, we're tipping Gold Coast to win by 12 points.

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