WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Sunday, May 27, 1.10pm AEST
West Coast heads to Etihad Stadium on Sunday looking for its ninth straight win, a feat not achieved by the club since rounds 5-13 in 1991. It is hard not to think the Coasters will get there given how great they were in demolishing Richmond last week and, conversely, how poor the Hawks were in losing to the previously winless Brisbane. Hawthorn’s forward line is a mess; the ball gets in there often enough, but the lack of contested marking allows opposition backlines to set up well and rebound, often at speed. The Eagles have the pace and the spread to worry the Hawks, particularly at Etihad Stadium, which suits them far better than the MCG. The Hawks haven’t lost to the Eagles in Victoria since 2006, and while they will rebound hard, there is no convincing case to suggest they can overcome the most in-form team in the competition.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R5, 2017: Hawthorn 19.11 (125) d West Coast Eagles 11.9 (75) at the MCG
R22, 2016: West Coast Eagles 13.14 (92) d Hawthorn 10.7 (67) at Domain Stadium
R2, 2016: Hawthorn 14.15 (99) d West Coast Eagles 7.11 (53) at the MCG
GF, 2015: Hawthorn 16.11 (107) d West Coast Eagles 8.13 (61) at the MCG
2QF, 2015: West Coast Eagles 14.12 (96) d Hawthorn 9.10 (64) at Domain Stadium
Father Dougal’s Tip: Eagles by 10
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