Venue: Domain Stadium at 6:10pm AWST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R7, 2016, Geelong 18.15 (123) d West Coast 12.7 (79) at Simonds Stadium
R9, 2015, West Coast 16.24 (120) d Geelong 10.4 (64) at Domain Stadium
R4, 2014, Geelong 16.11 (107) d West Coast 4.8 (32) at Simonds Stadium
R21, 2013, Geelong 16.11 (107) d West Coast 6.5 (41) at Domain Stadium
R20, 2012, West Coast 16.6 (102) d Geelong 15.7 (97) at Domain Stadium
Game notes: West Coast and Geelong’s form lines were vastly different before the bye, but Cats spearhead Tom Hawkins’ one-match suspension for a jumper punch and an Eagles home game should balance up what promises to be an intriguing contest. The Eagles, who desperately need dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy (calf) to return, have slid from top-two contention right back into the clump of sides fighting for finals spots after three-straight defeats. West Coast’s midfield continues to be the side’s Achilles heel, and Cats stars Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood will weigh heavily on Adam Simpson’s mind this week. But Geelong’s other Selwood – youngest brother and ex-Eagles vice-captain Scott – and Mitch Duncan have also played key roles in the Cats’ revival, with three confidence-boosting home wins over the Bulldogs, Power and Crows reigniting a stalled season. Victory in Perth would be another boost to Geelong’s flag credentials.
Thommo’s Tip: West Coast by 6 points.
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