WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Saturday, May 5, 2.35pm AWST
West Coast is one of the AFL’s form teams after notching a fifth-consecutive win in last Sunday’s tough Western Derby but the next month, starting with Port Adelaide this Saturday afternoon, will be a serious test of the Eagles’ finals credentials. Adam Simpson’s men have played some impressive football, especially at Optus Stadium, however the jury is still out given their five wins have come against sides currently outside the top eight. These two teams have played some blinders in recent years and the Power are still smarting from their epic elimination final loss last season, when they went down in an after-the-siren thriller in extra time. Port will fancy its chances coming off a confidence-boosting victory over North Melbourne and should regain star ruckman Paddy Ryder (Achilles) to take on in-form Eagles big men Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett, although Chad Wingard’s (hamstring) absence is a blow for the visitors.
LAST FIVE TIMES
1EF, 2017, West Coast 12.6 (78) d Port Adelaide 10.16 (76) at Adelaide Oval
R16, 2017, Port Adelaide 18.12 (120) d West Coast 13.10 (88) at Subiaco Oval
R7, 2017, West Coast 15.7 (97) d Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) at Adelaide Oval
R9, 2016, West Coast 14.10 (94) d Port Adelaide 13.8 (86) at Adelaide Oval
R6, 2015, West Coast 11.12 (78) d Port Adelaide 10.8 (68) at Adelaide Oval
Hutta’s Tip: West Coast by 12 points.
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