Venue: Domain Stadium at 6:10pm AWST, 8:10pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
2EF, 2016, Western Bulldogs 14.15 (99) d West Coast 7.10 (52) at Domain Stadium
R11, 2016, Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) d West Coast 11.9 (75) at Etihad Stadium
R21, 2015, West Coast 25.12 (162) d Western Bulldogs 13.7 (85) at Domain Stadium
R1, 2015, Western Bulldogs 14.13 (97) d West Coast 14.3 (87) at Etihad Stadium
R1, 2014, West Coast 21.8 (134) d Western Bulldogs 11.3 (69) at Domain Stadium
Game notes: It has been eight months since last year’s shock elimination final loss to the Western Bulldogs, but the pain of that 47-point thumping has been impossible for West Coast to forget. The Eagles could banish some of their demons this Friday night but, more importantly, notch a third-straight victory after answering critics of their interstate form with a gutsy road win over Port Adelaide. Contested possessions have become a major indicator of the Eagles’ performances and will be a key focus after the Dogs smashed them around the ball during the elimination final. The reigning premiers, who will be without star forward Jake Stringer (knee), have yet to hit their straps in 2017 but banked their fifth win in a thriller against Richmond last Saturday night and will have no fears returning to West Coast’s fortress for the match of the round.
Thommo’s Tip: West Coast by 6 points.
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