WHERE: Domain Stadium, Saturday, May 28, 2.40pm AWST
THE LAST FIVE
R21, 2016: West Coast 14.13 (97) def Greater Western Sydney 14.12 (96) at Spotless Stadium
R5, 2015: West Coast 18.12 (120) def Greater Western Sydney 4.9 (33) at Domain Stadium
R8, 2014: West Coast 30.8 (188) def Greater Western Sydney 12.5 (77) at Domain Stadium
R9, 2013: West Coast 23.17 (155) def Greater Western Sydney 8.7 (55) at Spotless Stadium
R3, 2012: West Coast 23.12 (150) def Greater Western Sydney 10.9 (69) at Blacktown
What is blue and gold and hates Melbourne? Yes, the West Coast Eagles left Melbourne empty handed once again, following one of their worst performances in recent memory against the Bombers last week. It is hard to believe that a team that has lost by 50 and 61 this season could be sitting fourth on the AFL ladder; however, that is exactly the situation West Coast is in.
With the horrible losses the Eagles have had this season, it is important to realise they are still 2-3 away from home. Throw in a 4-0 home record and the Eagles should still be fairly happy with their start.
While the prospect of a 2 v 4 game would normally have the footy world salivating, much like the Eagles, the Giants are in no way flying themselves. Throw a massive injury list into the mix and the Giants should struggle in the west this week.
1. The Giants have been absolutely decimated by injury in 2017, and Leon Cameron’s team will head over to Perth with just 26 fit players to choose from. Bet you wish you kept Rhys Palmer around now, Leon? You don’t? Yeah, fair enough.
2. West Coast remains the only team in the AFL that has never lost to GWS, after Nic Naitanui stole victory in round 21 last season, and four of their five wins against the Giants have been by more than 80 points.
3. Three of GWS’ wins this year — Dogs, Pies, Tigers — have come at a combined total of eight points. To put that into perspective, they demolished the Suns by 102 back in round two.
4. It is second against fourth on the ladder but it is four vs. 15 in contested possession, an area West Coast lost by 31 on Sunday. Can we expect a huge response from the Eagles in this area?
5. Adam Simpson has swung the axe this week, dropping four players from the side which took on the Bombers last week. I have been saying it for years: it may be time to bring back Troy Wilson.
MOST AT STAKE FOR… The Eagles’ leaders.
Adam Simpson put his leaders on notice last week. Big hits from Shannon Hurn have set the tone for West Coast early in games before, and I would not be surprised if the captain throws his weight around again this week.
TIP: West Coast by 13.
SECOND TIP: West Coast wins the contested possession count.
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