WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Saturday, April 14, 6.10pm AWST
West Coast is riding strong momentum after a stunning late surge secured an unforgettable first win at Optus Stadium over Geelong and the Eagles will be determined to celebrate Mark LeCras’ 200th match and Nic Naitanui’s 150th game in style. The pair have been in excellent form so far in 2018, with LeCras booting eight goals and Naitanui exerting a massive influence on the Eagles’ engine room coming back from his knee reconstruction. The Eagles hope to regain spearhead Josh Kennedy from injury, but a youthful forward line has exceeded expectations in his absence and West Coast’s firepower will worry the Suns. Gold Coast was disappointing against Fremantle last Saturday, suffering a first loss under Stuart Dew. The Suns have stayed over in Perth after selling that ‘home’ game to the Dockers and will need a big performance from co-captain Tom Lynch if they are to score just their second win from 12 games in Perth.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R11, 2017, Gold Coast 11.14 (80) d West Coast 11.11 (77) at Metricon
R10, 2016, West Coast 20.12 (132) d Gold Coast 7.13 (55) at Subiaco Oval
R18, 2015, Gold Coast 12.11 (83) drew West Coast 11.17 (83) at Metricon
R7, 2015, West Coast 21.9 (135) d Gold Coast 6.7 (43) at Subiaco Oval
R23, 2014, West Coast 23.13 (151) d Gold Coast 15.9 (99) at Metricon
Hutta’s Tip: West Coast by 20 points
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