WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Saturday September 22, 1.20pm AWST
If you’re looking for a recent form guide between the sides, you don’t have to cast your mind back that far. In fact, you only have to revisit the round 22 clash between the Eagles and Demons at Optus Stadium – which Melbourne won by 17 points. Although Melbourne stood tall to book its finals spot in that game, the Eagles – spurred on by their boisterous home crowd – won’t make the challenge any easier this time around. Fresh from a week’s rest, West Coast – with Josh Kennedy fit and firing – will be tough to beat as it looks to return to the Grand Final stage following its appearance in the decider in 2015.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR?
Round 22: Melbourne 16.12 (108) d West Coast 14.7 (91)
Melbourne took full advantage of the fact West Coast was without Josh Kennedy and lost Jack Darling in the first 10 minutes of the game with a concussion. It was a memorable victory for the Demons who confirmed their place in finals with a win. The Eagles’ twin towers will be available on Saturday night, presenting a significant challenge for Sam Frost, Oscar McDonald and co.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R22, 2018, Melbourne 16.12 (108) d West Coast Eagles 14.7 (91) at Optus Stadium
R14, 2017, Melbourne 15.9 (99) d West Coast Eagles 14.12 (96) at Subiaco Oval
R18, 2016, West Coast Eagles 10.6 (66) d Melbourne 8.12 (60) at Subiaco Oval
R14, 2015, West Coast Eagles 16.18 (114) d Melbourne 9.6 (60) at TIO Stadium
R22, 2014, West Coast Eagles 18.11 (119) d Melbourne 8.5 (53) at Subiaco Oval
Thommo’s Tip: West Coast by 12 points.
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