Venue: Domain Stadium, Saturday, August 12, 5.40pm AWST
Last Time They Met:
R17, 2016, West Coast 12.10 (82) d Carlton 11.9 (75) at the MCG
R2, 2015, West Coast 20.11 (131) d Carlton 9.8 (62) at Domain Stadium
R6, 2014, Carlton 14.8 (92) d West Coast 12.17 (89) at Etihad Stadium
R4, 2013, Carlton 12.17 (89) d West Coast 7.23 (65) at Domain Stadium
R12, 2012, West Coast 10.19 (79) d Carlton 10.9 (69) at Domain Stadium
Game notes: Yet another fourth-quarter fadeout against St Kilda has left West Coast with very little margin for error in the run home if the Eagles want to play finals. Adam Simpson’s men probably need to win at least two, and possibly all three, of their remaining games, and beating Carlton is an absolute must considering daunting challenges against GWS (away) and Adelaide (home) await. Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis and ruckman Nathan Vardy are set to be recalled after West Coast was smashed around clearances and in contested ball when the game was on the line against the Saints, and the Blues’ midfield looms as the Eagles’ major concern this weekend. Carlton has lost seven-straight games but found some life against arch-rival Essendon last round in an eight-point loss. It’s difficult to see the defensively-minded outfit upsetting West Coast, but they could frustrate the Eagles, who also need a percentage boost.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Eagles by 2
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