Venue: Domain Stadium, Saturday, June 24, 5.40pm AWST
Last Time They Met: R18, 2016, West Coast 10.6 (66) d Melbourne 8.12 (60) at Domain Stadium
R14, 2015, West Coast 16.18 (114) d Melbourne 9.6 (60) at TIO Stadium
R22, 2014, West Coast 18.11 (119) d Melbourne 8.5 (53) at Domain Stadium
R2, 2014, West Coast 18.15 (123) d Melbourne 4.6 (30) at the MCG
R3, 2013, West Coast 27.15 (177) d Melbourne 13.5 (83) at the MCG
Game notes: West Coast got to work focusing on physicality at training over the bye period and claimed an important scalp when Geelong came to Perth last round. The Eagles’ next challenge is to bring the same pressure and intensity against an up-and-coming Melbourne outfit. The Eagles laid 93 tackles in their impressive 13-point win over the Cats and kept a tight leash on some of Geelong’s prime movers. Their priority this week be matching the Dees’ hard-nosed midfield, which will be bolstered by star ruckman Max Gawn’s return from hamstring surgery. At 7-5, both sides have plenty to play for. The Demons are in a strong position to break their 11-year finals drought and a rare victory in Perth – where they should have beaten West Coast last year in the wet – would be a major boost coming off victories over Collingwood and the Bulldogs.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Eagles by 6
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