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The West Coast Eagles have smashed Port Adelaide by 42 points on Saturday afternoon, but will be concerned by an injury to Luke Shuey.
West Coast 16.6 (102)
Port Adelaide 9.7 (60)
Saturday afternoon footy heads to Perth, as the West Coast Eagles host Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 4:35pm AEST.
West Coast and off-season pessimism just don’t go together well. The Eagles are, excuse the pun, flying high.
They’re second on the ladder, and have won their past five matches – the latest being a close win over arch-rivals Fremantle in last Sunday’s derby.
The next month – starting today – will be the ultimate test for the Eagles, though.
Port, for their part, has been good but looking fragile at times. The smashed North last week, but poor losses to Geelong and Essendon in the fortnight prior means there’s still questions to be asked about the mentality of this Port outfit.
There’s no doubt that these two teams have been very competitive in the past two years, with last year’s elimination final match being the latest enthralling (and controversial!) match.
Their record is odd, though: the Eagles have won the last four games against the sides in Adelaide, but the Power have the upper hand in WA, winning the past two.
A couple of changes for both sides coming into this clash. West Coast have a strong team, but they’ve lost Lewis Jetta and Dom Sheed to injuries. Coming into the side are Jackson Nelson and Mark Hutchings.
Port, too, have made two changes. Tom Clurey’s been omitted, and they’ve lost Chad Wingard in a forced out to injury. Jasper Pittard and, importantly, Paddy Ryder, re-join the 22.
Most pundits appear to be backing the Eagles in this one, but going by the recent history of these teams, it’ll be difficult to see this one being a blow-out. Expect a fast, probably high-scoring game. I think Port’ll make it interesting, but the Eagles will get a narrow win.
West Coast Eagles by 7 points.
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