2013 AFL Finals Series: Hawthorn Hawks vs. Sydney Swans
September 04, 2013 by Marc Jerbs

On Friday, the Hawthorn Hawks faces the Sydney Swans in the 1st qualifying final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Game time is set at 7:50PM local time.

The Hawthorn Hawks have won both of their matches against the Sydney Swans this season. They registered a 37-point win in Round 7 and hold on a 12-point lead in Round 23. The Hawks will have their lineup boosted with the return of Cyril Rioli, Max Bailey and Brent Guerra. However, they may feel the sting with Lance Franklin's suspension for this game.

The defending champions Sydney Swans will play with pride and heart when they face the Hawthorn Hawks. Their two losses against Hawthorn is a thing of the past. They will field a different set of players on Friday as Kurt Tippett, Nick Smith and Daniel Hannebery returns to the lineup.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Hawthorn Hawks as a 11.5-point favorite to beat the Sydney Swans on Friday night.

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