WHERE AND WHEN: SCG, Friday, June 15, 7.50pm AEST
The term blockbuster gets thrown around way too often these days, but Friday night’s clash between the Swans and the Eagles deserves top billing as one of the matches of the season so far. Ladder leader West Coast has won 10 straight since it was toppled by Sydney and a Lance Franklin masterclass in the season opener, while the home side has steadied to win five in a row after a patchy start to the year. There’s marquee battles wherever you look, but the match-up between in-form Swan Callum Sinclair and his former teammate Nic Naitanui in the ruck will be pivotal. The return of Luke Shuey (hamstring) adds even greater potency to the Eagles’ midfield and he could find himself with George Hewett as a minder for the evening, unless the Sydney onballer gets sent to Andrew Gaff on the wing. Two outstanding teams on the big stage makes for a Friday night classic at the SCG.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R1, 2018, Sydney 18.7 (115) d West Coast 13.8 (86) at Optus Stadium
R4, 2017, West Coast 13.13 (91) d Sydney 10.5 (65) at Subiaco Oval
R5, 2016, Sydney 12.16 (88) d West Coast 7.7 (49) at the SCG
R17, 2015, West Coast 15.13 (103) d Sydney 7.9 (51) at Subiaco Oval
R16, 2014, Sydney 10.19 (79) d West Coast 7.9 (51) at Subiaco Oval
Thommo’s Tip: West Coast by 12 points.
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