West Coast v Geelong Sun 4:40pm AEST at Optus Stadium
The junk Sunday twilight slot gives us a treat this weekend, with a high-scoring and hotly-fought contest expected when the Eagles host the Cats in the new Optus Stadium. The Eagles have surprised a few with their performances so far, after the retirement of several veterans and the injury-enforced absence of Josh Kennedy looked to leave the Eagles a little short of firepower. Jack Darling has been a rock up forward, but their midfield will face the ultimate test when it comes up against the most famed Engine room in the League. Can West Coast turn their new stadium into a fortress?
FormWest Coast (1-1): Despite missing their spearhead Josh Kennedy, the Eagles have had a surprisingly solid start to the 2018 season. Nic Naitanui has been playing like he hasn’t been missing at all, while rookies Liam Ryan, Daniel Venables and Jake Waterman have been doing their bit to fill the substantial Kennedy-sized void.
Geelong (1-1): The Cats have certainly not lit the world on fire in their two matches to date, and they will be absolutely seething following the one-point defeat to fierce rivals, Hawthorn, on Easter Monday. The forward line has looked disjointed, and the defence very undersized, but you just get the feeling it has all been building to a huge statement by their ‘Big 3’ this week.
Stats That Matter– Over-Under is 4-0 in 2018 for the 2 sides combined – The Eagles went 8-3 in Perth last year – Gary Ablett averages 111 Fantasy Points per game against the Eagles – The last 6 meetings are split 3-3 – Andrew Gaff has averaged 31 disposals per game in his last 4 against Geelong – Both of the Cats games this year have seen margins of 3 points or less
Betting Data2018 Line: West Coast– 1-1; Geelong– 1-1 2018 Over-Under: West Coast– 2-0; Geelong– 2-0
What To ExpectThe Wolf isn’t entirely sure what way this clash will swing, but he is sure of one thing- it will be a shoot-out. Both teams have marked defensive deficiencies, and neither midfield has entirely clicked into gear. What certainly is in the Cats favour is their level of class through the midfield- something the Eagles are nowhere near matching. Geelong will also be spoiling for a fight after their 1 point loss last round; these veterans won’t be allowing that to breeze by without a significant reaction.
How It’s Shaping UpGeelong by 4
Best: Total Points OVER 185.5 ($1.90) Value: Daniel Menzel 4+ Goals ($4.00) Player Prop: Andrew Gaff 30+ Disposals ($2.25) First Goalscorer: Daniel Menzel