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West Coast Eagles v GWS Giants Predictions and Match Preview- Can the Eagles snap their losing streak?

Adam Cusworth 6 Jul 2018
  • The Eagles and the Giants feature in the final game of Round 16. 
  • Here is our preview of the Optus Stadium clash. 

One of the key games of AFL Round 16 will be when the West Coast Eagles take on the GWS Giants on Sunday July 8 at Optus Stadium in Perth. 

The 4.40PM AEST (2.40PM local) encounter pits a couple of the competition's top eight sides up against one another and the action will be broadcast on Fox Footy. 

Match Preview


After winning 10 of their first 11 games in 2018, the West Coast Eagles have stumbled by losing their past three. Last weekend they went down to Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval by 10 points and they have slipped to 4th spot on the ladder. 

Conversely, GWS have risen in recent weeks. They defeated Hawthorn in Round 15 by 11 and that victory saw them jump four spots on the ladder to 6th. 

The Eagles hold favouritism for this game on the back of the home ground advantage but they will have to do it without their inured forwards in Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling. Without either of those players in the line up, the goals have dried up for the early season pacesetters. 

GWS can seize control in the midfield. They rank higher than West Coast in number of statistical measures such as total disposals, contested possessions and clearances. Look for Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield and Stephen Coniglio to have an influence. 

West Coast will try to match motors with the Giants midfielders. The likes of Andrew Gaff and Luke Shuey in good form, while Jeremy McGovern and Shannon Hurn will patrol the backline. McGovern may be swung forward in the absence of Kennedy and Darling. He booted two goals last weekend in the loss to the Crows. 

Team News


Mark LeCras may return for West Coast, which would provide a welcome target for the Eagles inside 50. Dom Sheed has been playing well in the NEAFL, as has Nathan Vardy, who could be considered as a forward. 

GWS still have a number of players that are on the sidelines but Matthew Flynn, Matt Buntine and Adam Kennedy are in good form in the lower level and may sneak into the team. 

Stats


West Coast have won six of the eight games that have been played between the two sides, including the Round 8 clash at Spotless Stadium this year by 25 points. 

GWS took out the Semi Final over the Eagles last year at the same venue, their third win over that side in 2017 that also included the Round 10 Domain Stadium encounter by eight points. The Giants have won three of their six interstate games this year and drawn one. West Coast are six from eight at Perth Stadium in 2018. 

Prediction and Tips


I have concerns over West Coast and their inability to kick a winning score without their key forwards. GWS have turned the tide in recent weeks and were good in their win over Hawthorn. They can take that form on the road. 


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