#AFLSwansEagles Preview: West Coast Eagles V Sydney Swans

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It will be a duel of the goal kicking cannons this week with West Coast’s Josh Kennedy and Sydney’s Buddy Franklin at each end of the ground! Who will kick the bigger bag??

West Coast Eagles fly over to the SCG to take on Sydney Swans in what I think will be a very physical clash between two big teams. New West Coast recruit Lewis Jetta and new Sydney recruit Callum Sinclair will each be shaping up against their former clubs for the first time since the swapsie. Jetta’s form has been a little inconsistent however, if he was going to play a statement game, this one would be it.

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West Coast will come into this clash minus Scott Lycett, who has been rubbed out for one match after clocking Richmond’s Ty Vickery in the jaw in last week’s game, which the Eagles won by a dominating 68 points. If history tells us anything (it usually does), Nic Naitanui will have no problems in the ruck without Lycett. The last time these teams met, Nic Nat had field day and picked up 3 Brownlow votes.

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I think this is going to be a very close game and Nic Nat could once again be the winning factor if he can take charge of the hit-outs. There are three big inclusions into the Eagles line-up this week with Brownlow medalist Matt Priddis returning from a groin injury, Andrew Gaff WILL play (according to coach Adam Simpson) despite not training Monday or Wednesday this week, and Sharrod Wellingham will play his first game of the season.

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Sydney’s Buddy Franklin and Isaac Heeney will be the main concerns for the Eagles. Despite Sydney losing to Adelaide last week in a nail biter, Buddy and Heeney kicked 4 goals each. As everyone knows, when Buddy fires up in front of goal, he will more than likely have an outstanding game. West Coast should have enough depth in their backline to be able to keep Buddy and Heeney at bay, with the likes of Eric Mackenzie, Jeremy McGovern and Will Schofield.

This will definitely be a game to watch! West Coast Eagles are in great form right now and even though they are playing away from home, I am tipping West Coast to beat Sydney by 10 points.

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