WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Sunday, April 29, 2.40pm AWST
SUMMARY: The first Western Derby at Optus Stadium promises to be a cracker. The Dockers have the right to host their bitter crosstown rivals and will be full of confidence they can end a five-game losing streak against West Coast after winning all three games at their new home so far. Freo looks a different side at Optus, playing with flair, speed and firepower. Ross Lyon’s men average better than 103 points at home this season, although the coach will have to rethink his forward line after losing spearhead Matt Taberner (fractured metatarsal). Aaron Sandilands’ ruck battle with West Coast duo Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett will be critical, with Freo seemingly holding an edge in midfield, especially with skipper Nat Fyfe in red-hot form. The Eagles have defied expectations to be entrenched in the top four and will back themselves to kick a winning score if they can supply a potent tall forward line, led by Josh Kennedy, who needs one goal to break Peter Sumich’s club record.
LAST FIVE TIMES:
R17, 2017, West Coast 11.8 (74) d Fremantle 5.14 (44) at Subiaco Oval
R6, 2017, West Coast 16.7 (103) d Fremantle 9.8 (62) at Subiaco Oval
R20, 2016, West Coast 17.8 (110) d Fremantle 9.10 (64) at Subiaco Oval
R3, 2016, West Coast 12.20 (92) d Fremantle 8.11 (59) at Subiaco Oval
R20, 2015, West Coast 15.14 (104) d Fremantle 11.14 (80) at Subiaco Oval
Father Dougal’s Tip: Home team by, yeah, um…..after a hard fought contest….Damn…..I’m going with the team that has Nic Nat. Eagles by 6
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