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West Coast Eagles
West Coast Eagles
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The Sydney Swans will be looking for just their fourth win of the year when they host the West Coast Eagles at the SCG on Sunday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 3:20pm AEST.
Sydney had an inaccurate day in front of goals last Saturday afternoon, eventually losing to Geelong by 22 points down at GMHBA Stadium.
The Swans poor start was recovered, but Geelong kicked away in the third term. Sydney finished well, however, despite having more shots at goal, they pulled up short to the ladder-leaders.
West Coast demolished the Western Bulldogs by 61-points at Optus Stadium late on Sunday afternoon, their premiership defence rolling on with a fifth win in-a-row.
After a tight opening half, the Eagles blitzed the Bulldogs, the victory putting the Eagles inside the top four at the end of Round 11.
Both sides have made a couple of changes at selection this week.
Sydney lose Robbie Fox (ankle) and Will Hayward (calf) to injury; Will Hayward was initially named in the side, however was removed when further investigation revealed a calf strain was sustained at training.
Jackson Thurlow returns for his ninth match of the season at Sydney, he was omitted from the side that lost in Geelong.
James Rose has also been included for Sydney and will play his first senior game of the season – his tenth overall – against the Eagles.
West Coast have also been forced to make two changes, captain Shannon Hurn ruled out with a hamstring strain (1-2 weeks) and young Oscar Allen an ankle injury.
Josh Rotham, who debuted in round three against Collingwood, comes in for the injured skipper.
Tom Hickey replaces forward/ruckman Allen; Hickey has recovered from an ankle injury sustained in the Eagles’ win over Melbourne in Round 9 and is fit to return to the senior side this weekend.
The last time these teams played was Round 13, 2018 – almost a year ago.
At the SCG, the Swans won by 15 points, a fairly even contest that snapped the Eagles’ 10-game winning streak and once again threw Sydney’s name into finals contention.
It has been a while since West Coast beat Sydney at the SCG, however, through 11 rounds of this season there appears to be a much bigger gap in form than there has been in recent years.
This is another opportunity for the Eagles to flex their muscles before the midseason bye, a solid win away from home is certainly achievable.
West Coast by 29 points
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Where: SCG, Sydney
When: 3:20pm AEST
TV: Fox Footy
Online: AFL app, Kayo Sports
Betting: Sydney $2.15, West Coast $1.67
B: Dane Rampe, Lewis Melican, Jake Lloyd
HB: Callum Mills, Aliir Aliir, Jarrad McVeigh
C: Jordan Dawson, Luke Parker, Oliver Florent
HF: Nick Blakey, Sam Reid, Daniel Menzel
F: Tom McCartin, Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney
Foll: Callum Sinclair, George Hewett, Tom Papley
I/C: Jackson Thurlow, Colin O’Riordan, Ryan Clarke, James Rose
West Coast Eagles
B: Brad Sheppard, Will Schofield, Liam Duggan
HB: Tom Cole, Jeremy McGovern, Lewis Jetta
C: Jamie Cripps, Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff
HF: Willie Rioli, Jack Darling, Jack Redden
F: Liam Ryan, Josh J. Kennedy, Jack Petruccelle
Foll: Nathan Vardy, Dom Sheed, Luke Shuey
I/C: Jake Waterman, Tom Hickey, Josh Rotham, Mark Hutchings