WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Sunday, April 8, 2.40pm AWST
SUMMARY: The Eagles return to Optus Stadium buoyed by a thumping victory on the road against the Western Bulldogs and will be desperate to keep the momentum going by notching a historic first win at their new home. West Coast has received a shot in the arm from playing four debutants in the opening two rounds, and Liam Ryan (three goals), Daniel Venables (three) and Jake Waterman (two) hit the scoreboard last round to help cover Josh Kennedy’s ongoing absence. Youthful enthusiasm is important, but the Eagles will be heavily reliant on their prime movers through midfield – especially star ruckman Nic Naitanui – to quell the influence of Geelong’s trio of champions Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett. If the Eagles can break even around the contest and in the supply battle, then a forward line led by in-form duo Jack Darling and Mark LeCras has the firepower to worry the Cats, who will come out snarling after an epic one-point loss to Hawthorn on Easter Monday.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R13, 2017, West Coast 11.17 (83) d Geelong 10.10 (70) at Subiaco Oval
R7, 2016, Geelong 18.15 (123) d West Coast 12.7 (79) at GMHBA Stadium
R9, 2015, West Coast 16.24 (120) d Geelong 10.4 (64) at Subiaco Oval
R4, 2014, Geelong 16.11 (107) d West Coast 4.8 (32) at GMHBA Stadium
R21, 2013, Geelong 16.11 (107) d West Coast 6.5 (41) at Subiaco Oval
Father Dougal’s Tip: Hard to see the Eagles holding of the Cats, even at home. Cats by 12
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