How to watch Geelong Cats vs Richmond Tigers AFL live and match preview
Last year's grand finalists meet without Richmond match-winner Dustin Martin, which surely means advantage Cats.
Richmond have overcome plenty of adversity during this powerhouse period as the AFL's best team. But the Tigers may have just been dealt their toughest blow of all after losing champion megastar Dustin Martin for the season in the club's stirring win over Brisbane last round.
The loss of Martin could even mean the end of their finals hopes, a shock situation for the 2-time defending premiers. Their first test proving that wrong comes against third-placed Geelong, who thrashed the Tigers by 63 points in round 8 and have their eyes on a premiership run of their own.
When is Geelong vs Richmond?
The opening bounce is at 3:30pm AEST at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday 25 July.
How to watch Geelong vs Richmond live
As mentioned above this game is not on free-to-air TV anywhere in the country. If you want to watch these old rivals and proud clubs face off, you need access to either Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. We think Kayo Sports, which gives you a way to get Fox Sports without committing to Foxtel, is the way to go. We have a full guide to watching the AFL season here.
Stream Geelong vs Richmond on Kayo Sports
You can watch Geelong vs Richmond for free using Kayo's 14-day free trial for new users. After the trial period, a Basic subscription is $25 a month to watch on 2 screens or $35 a month for a third screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review.
Kayo also has a wide range of special features to add to your viewing experience. SplitView lets you watch up to 4 sports at once on the same screen. Other features include Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and more.
In total Kayo broadcasts more than 50 sports. After the Tigers take on the Cats, you could watch more footy with Essendon taking on GWS, switch over to the World Superbike Championship or get a light-hearted review of the NRL round with Sunday Night with Matty Johns.
Kayo is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
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Who will win Geelong vs Richmond?
Richmond showed a return to Richmond-style football in round 18, demonstrating the old Tigers still have some life in them yet. The statement win came at a huge cost after a collision between Tigers champion Martin and Brisbane Lions bull Mitch Robinson in the third quarter ended Martin's season and, with it, maybe Richmond's.
Even if the Tigers are to make the finals without Dusty, they face a task winning the flag without their hero. A neat 3 Norm Smith Medals from 3 grand finals for Martin tells you all you need to know about that. Martin is somewhat of a finals god, with 10 finals wins from 15 starts and a 10-2 record during this glorious Richmond run since 2017, when Martin has been the best player in the league.
The Cats dismantled the Tigers in round 8, getting some tiny revenge for their loss in the big one at the Gabba last year. The Cats have a mixed run home and need to keep winning in their bid for a top 4 spot.
Who wins? Who knows. This will be a cracker with so much on the line, but we're leaning slightly towards the Cats.
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