Where and when: SCG, Sunday June 9th, 3.20pm AEST
What it means for Sydney: Another massive test. The Swans have taken it right up to Collingwood and Geelong over the past fortnight, but the Premiers are in menacing form, and an upset would be huge going into the bye.
What it means for West Coast: Back in the top four after five straight wins, the Eagles must keep rolling to stay in touch with the best teams. They realise just how important it will be to secure home finals and they’re right in the hunt again.
The stat: Superstar Sydney forward Lance Franklin booted 8.1 and 2.5 in his team’s two wins over West Coast last year and he’ll need to be the difference again if the Swans are to go into the mid-season bye with a boil over.
The match-up: Tom McCartin v Jeremy McGovern
The young Swan is a fierce competitor and must make sure the Eagles’ three-time All Australian defender is accountable inside Sydney’s forward 50. McGovern (No. 28 on the AFL Player Ratings) is a huge presence and sets up plenty of West Coast attacks with his reading of the game from half back.
It’s a big week for: Dane Rampe
The local boy who was overlooked at multiple drafts before the Swans threw him a rookie lifeline, has turned himself into one of the game’s best defenders and an All Australian. Rampe’s 150th game will give his teammates even more motivation to knock off the visitors.
Thommo’s Tip: Sydney by 12 points
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