WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Sunday, July 8, 2.40pm AWST
If a week is a long time in football, then a month is an eternity – as these sides can attest. The Giants’ finals ambitions were on a knife’s edge but they have reeled off four straight wins either side of the bye and climbed to sixth on the ladder after getting past Hawthorn last round. Their star-studded midfield was prolific against the Hawks, dominating clearances (+23) and contested ball (+55), and looms as West Coast’s stumbling block. The Eagles are in serious danger of squandering their excellent 10-1 start after three consecutive losses since the bye. Injuries to key players have hurt but West Coast’s issues run deeper, with its inability to halt momentum and stem the bleeding costing it dearly in winnable games against Essendon and Adelaide. The Eagles’ top-four spot will be in grave jeopardy if they can’t muster victory at home on Sunday.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R8, 2018, West Coast 12.14 (86) d Greater Western Sydney 8.13 (61) at Spotless Stadium
1SF, 2017, Greater Western Sydney 19.11 (125) d West Coast 9.4 (58) at Spotless Stadium
R22, 2017, Greater Western Sydney 12.9 (81) d West Coast 9.4 (58) at Spotless Stadium
R10, 2017, Greater Western Sydney 14.14 (98) d West Coast 14.6 (90) at Subiaco Oval
R21, 2016, West Coast 14.13 (97) d Greater Western Sydney 14.12 (96) at Spotless Stadium
FD’s Tip: Even though they are at home, I fear the Eagles injury woes will be enough to clip their wings. GWS by 10 points
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