WHERE AND WHEN: the Gabba, Sunday, August 26, 1.10pm AEST
The entire home-and-away season comes down to four quarters for West Coast, which can lock up a top-two spot with a victory over the much-improved Lions on Sunday. Despite losing to Melbourne at the weekend, Adam Simpson’s men have secured a top-four position and double chance in the finals, but it can be so much better with four more premiership points. The Eagles have had a fantastic season but will make the tricky trip east without leading lights Josh Kennedy, Nic Naitanui and Andrew Gaff, ensuring it’s no easy task. Brisbane has won just five games this season, but with another five losses of seven points or fewer, the Lions have been one of the competition’s big improvers. They’ve troubled most teams at the Gabba, with midfield aces Dayne Beams and Dayne Zorko receiving outstanding support from second-season dynamos Hugh McCluggage and Jarrod Berry. Despite their injury woes, West Coast have vowed to “throw the kitchen sink” at the Lions. Don’t be surprised if the home team plays spoiler, but the consistent Eagles deserve slight favouritism.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R19, 2017, West Coast 17.11 (113) d Brisbane Lions 6.9 (45) at Subiaco Oval
R13, 2016, West Coast 20.11 (131) d Brisbane Lions 12.10 (82) at the Gabba
R1, 2016, West Coast 26.10 (166) d Brisbane Lions 15.12 (102) at Subiaco Oval
R4, 2015, West Coast 17.16 (118) d Brisbane Lions 9.11 (65) at the Gabba
R17, 2014, West Coast 11.10 (76) d Brisbane Lions 9.10 (64) at the Gabba
FD’s Tip: Lions pull off an upset by 5 points.
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