The top two teams on the ladder battling it out, what could be better???
The West Coast Eagles come into this week off the back of an impressive 25-point win over GWS away from home. They really showed everyone why they shouldn’t be underestimated, and why they are currently second on the ladder. Jack Darling continued his excellent form, finishing with four goals. Jake Waterman kicked three goals and Andrew Gaff finished with a game high 32 disposals.
This week the West Coast Eagles take on the reigning Premiers Richmond on their home turf at Optus Stadium. Some big and important names have been included back into the Eagles’ line-up this week which will boost their confidence even more. Nic Naitanui and Jeremy McGovern are huge inclusions, along with Lewis Jetta, Dom Sheed and Kurt Mutimer. The return of Naitanui sees Frasier McInnes omitted.
Richmond are sitting pretty at the top of the ladder and have dominated the comp so far this season. They come into this round after securing a 10-point win over the Kangaroos last week. Josh Caddy stood out for the Tigers, finishing with a handy four goals and 21 disposals. Trent Cotchin also had a ripper game, managing 37 disposals and goal. A few inclusions to the Richmond side this week with Brandon Ellis, Tyson Stengle, Ivan Soldo and Shaun Grigg all coming into the squad.
The West Coast Eagles actually come into this game as the favourites and I seriously like their chances. They have been working the ball so well this season and we know they enjoy a home ground advantage. Richmond’s biggest name Dustin Martin hasn’t exactly been at his best of late, which could go either way for the Eagles. Martin could remain fairly quiet and not have a huge impact (ideal for WCE) or he could really fire up to silence his critics. No matter the result, I think it will be a cracking game!
I’m tipping the West Coast Eagles to beat the Richmond Tigers by 9 points!
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