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Match Preview: Gold Coast v St Kilda

     - Gold Coast Suns

SUMMARY
In a match between 15th and 16th on the ladder, this contest holds so much intrigue for so many reasons. Gold Coast has lost eight of its past nine matches, while the Saints haven't snared a win since the opening round against Brisbane. The SUNS lost to fellow expansion team Greater Western Sydney by 108 points last week and the Saints trailed by 48 against Sydney at quarter-time before losing by 71. In the midst of a patchy season to date, just how Tom Lynch responds against the Saints will be fascinating. For the visitors, they simply must improve. For a team that was expected to push for finals in 2018, it is rapidly heading towards the bottom of the ladder.

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WHERE AND WHEN:
 Metricon Stadium, Saturday, June 16, 4.35pm AEST
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LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R14, 2017, St Kilda 14.19 (103) d Gold Coast 10.12 (72) at Etihad Stadium
R15, 2016, Gold Coast 15.18 (108) d St Kilda 8.20 (68) at Metricon Stadium
R2, 2015, St Kilda 16.8 (104) d Gold Coast 10.16 (76) at Metricon Stadium
R19, 2014, Gold Coast 17.15 (117) d St Kilda 9.10 (64) at Metricon Stadium
R9, 2014, Gold Coast 19.11 (125) d St Kilda 13.9 (87) at Etihad Stadium

THE FOUR POINTS
1. When the teams last played the Saints won, but the SUNS had more disposals, took more marks and won the clearances.

2. Since 2015 the SUNS hold a narrow 3-2 advantage in head-to-head matches. Overall, the Saints have the edge though, winning six of the 10 games between the clubs.

3. Despite their poor recent form, the SUNS remain the most prolific tackling side in the competition, averaging 72.2 a game. In contrast St Kilda has struggled, ranked 15th with an average of 61.2.

4. Another loss for the Saints and it will be the first time since 2000 they will have just one win on the board after 13 games.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs