WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Sunday, August 5, 2.40pm AWST
The Eagles remain a game clear in second spot on the ladder despite being beaten up by North Melbourne in Hobart last round, but they have a tricky run to September and can’t afford to slip up in Western Derby 48 against Fremantle. The Dockers have endured an ordinary five weeks – apart from a shock win over Port Adelaide – and are struggling to hit the scoreboard, but could rush back spearhead Matt Taberner after his return at Peel and Harley Bennell is in the mix for his long-awaited comeback. Freo could derail the Eagles’ top-two ambitions with an upset but will be more desperate to end a run of six successive losses in the WA showcase. The occasion will be marked by the handing out of retrospective Ross Glendinning Medals, while the first Glendinning-Allan Medal will be awarded to best afield after the Dockers fought for recognition on the award in a bitter stoush before the round six derby.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R6, 2018, West Coast 13.11 (89) d Fremantle 12.9 (81) at Optus Stadium
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
FD’s Tip: Eagles by 10 points.
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