Where and when: TIO Traeger Park, Sunday July 21, 2.50pm ACST
What it means for Melbourne: There’s still a small element of redemption at stake for Melbourne after being thumped by West Coast in last year’s preliminary final. A top-four scalp would restore confidence after a rough season.
What it means for West Coast: The Eagles let one slip last week against Collingwood. With quite a few winnable games to come, Alice Springs could be the launching pad for a top-two finish.
The stat: Just five AFL games have been played at Traeger Park, featuring four sides: Melbourne (which has hosted all five), Port Adelaide (three), Gold Coast and Adelaide (one apiece). Sunday will be West Coast’s first game at the venue.
The match-up: Steven May v Josh Kennedy
Having now played four games since returning from a long-term groin injury, May (No.294 in the AFL Player Ratings) is in hot form and is likely to take Kennedy (ranked 173) in a battle of the heavyweights.
It’s a big week for: Angus Brayshaw
Has struggled this season, playing more on the wing rather than the middle of the ground and was limited to just 12 disposals against the Western Bulldogs by a corkie. Brayshaw had 37 last time he played in Alice Springs.
Father Dougal’s Tip: West Coast by 24 points.
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