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Preview: Sydney v Hawthorn

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25:  Tom Papley of the Swans celebrates kicking a goal during the round 23 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at Sydney Cricket Ground on August 25, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images/AFL Media)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Tom Papley of the Swans celebrates kicking a goal during the round 23 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at Sydney Cricket Ground on August 25, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Where and when: SCG, Friday June 21, 7.50pm AEST

What it means for Sydney: Only premiership contenders Geelong, Greater Western Sydney, Collingwood and West Coast have a better record over their past five games than the Swans, and their two losses came to the Cats and the Magpies. A big chance to continue the momentum.

What it means for Hawthorn: A loss would all but end the Hawks' slim finals hopes with clashes against West Coast, Collingwood, Fremantle and Geelong to follow. They've won their last four in Sydney so won't be intimidated.

The stat: Big Ben McEvoy had seven clearances, 15 possessions and 52 hit-outs in last year's win over Sydney at the SCG to earn himself three Brownlow votes. Callum Sinclair will be primed to give his side the advantage this year in his 100th senior match.

The match-up: George Hewett v Jaeger O'Meara

The Swans' stopper is more than just a run-with player these days, so he'll try and limit O'Meara's influence around stoppages, where Hewett (ranked 137) thrives himself, and hurt his opponent the other way. Hewett has gathered 29 touches in three of his last four games so can be extremely damaging in his own right.

It’s a big week for: Lance Franklin

The superstar forward finally found his mojo before the bye and will be keen to begin the second half of his season in similar form against his old side. With the Hawks' defence undermanned Franklin might relish the Friday night stage to put on another show.

Big call: Hewett and Ryan Clarke will put the clamps on O'Meara and Ricky Henderson, with the pair of Hawks limited to less than 30 possessions between them.

Prediction: Swans by 17 points