WHEN: Sunday July 15, 2.40pm
WHERE: Patersons Stadium, WA
LAST TIME: West Coast 13.10 (88) lost to Sydney Swans 15.11 (101), round three, 2011, at Patersons Stadium
West Coast Eagles
B: Adam Selwood, Darren Glass, Eric Mackenzie
HB: Shannon Hurn, Will Schofield, Sam Butler
C: Matthew Rosa, Matthew Priddis, Andrew Gaff
HF: Patrick McGinnity, Jack Darling, Chris Masten
F: Brad Sheppard, Dean Cox, Ashton Hams
Foll: Nic Naitanui, Scott Selwood, Daniel Kerr
I/C: Mitch Brown, Lewis Stevenson, Koby Stevens, Jacob Brennan, Murray Newman, Fraser McInnes, Thomas Swift
In: Adam Selwood, Mitch Brown, Lewis Stevenson, Brad Sheppard, Fraser McInnes, Thomas Swift
Out: Quinten Lynch (Suspension), Luke Shuey (Suspension), Josh Hill (Hamstring)
New: Fraser McInnes (Perth)
B: Rhyce Shaw, Heath Grundy, Alex Johnson
HB: Nicholas Smith, Ted Richards, Jarrad McVeigh
C: Nick Malceski, Jude Bolton, Lewis Jetta
HF: Craig Bird, Sam Reid, Ben McGlynn
F: Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Adam Goodes, Ryan O’Keefe
Foll: Shane Mumford, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack
I/C: Martin Mattner, Daniel Hannebery, Mike Pyke, Trent Dennis-Lane, Andrejs Everitt, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Walsh
In: Martin Mattner, Trent Dennis-Lane, Tommy Walsh
What our experts say:
West Coast vs Sydney
Will we be watching a preview of the Grand Final come Sunday evening? If West Coast and Sydney can snare the top two spots – a good chance, given they both have relatively easy runs home – it could be 2005/06 all over again.
Those Grand Finals, though low-scoring, were some of the best of the modern era. The attack on the ball was ferocious and even Victorian fans dismayed by not having a team in the game found plenty to love.
Sydney won easy last week and West Coast showed a lot of character to come back and beat North Melbourne in Tasmania. This could go either way but given it’s in Perth you’ve got to give the edge to the Eagles.
West Coast by 12
SC – Dean Cox (WC), Adam Goodes (Syd)
West Coast ($1.62) vs. Sydney ($2.35):
Wouldn’t argue if you suggested this game was bigger than the Cats-Pies clash as recent history between these two has been dramatic. They sit 1-2 on the ladder and not surprisingly, the Eagles are strong favourites even though they sit 2nd courtesy of their home ground advantage. They’ve won their last 18 game at Patersons Stadium and it will take a brave punter to tip an end to that run given the ferocity with which they defend their territory. All sorted, now know who your backing- great, let’s throw in the fact that the Swans have won their last 5 in a row against the Eagles, once every year since 2008, including two out west. Confused, so am I- good luck!
Suggested bet: Tri-bet, either team under 15.5 points @ $2.60