On Saturday night the Subiaco Oval will showcase the battle between the 2010 wooden spoon favourites as the West Coast Eagles welcome the Brisbane Lions.
Neither of these teams has exactly lit the season up so far as both has appalling records – the Eagles claiming one win from their last 10 games, and the Lions just one from their last 14.
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The home side are heading into this one claiming the favourites tag at $1.61 with Ladbrokes.com.au, but will need to get over their huge 75-point defeat to derby rivals Freo last weekend.
The nimble Eagle Mark LeCras has stood up as one of the strongest players for his side; he booted five in their loss last week while few teammates seemed to make any sort of impact on the Dockers.
The Brisbane Lions are only slightly out in the odds at $2.32 for the win with Ladbrokes.com.au, and despite a relatively gutsy final term last round have still not managed a win since week 10.
With Brendan Fevola down and out for the rest of the season due to injury, his partner in crime and Lions skipper Jonathan Brown looks set to lead the pack. Brown booted two last week and could cause some grief with a relatively tame Eagles backline.
This game could see both teams step up a gear as the wooden spoon prize is an accolade neither will wish to claim. Recent form hardly separates the two – so who will you back?
Our tip of the match is to back an Eagles win by 1-9 points at $8 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match
This is a tough one to call, with the only slight advantage being the home ground safety and that leans in the way of the Eagles. The vital question could lie in which Eagle will have the responsibility to cover Brown, but can just one Lion take on a convocation of eagles? For this one we tip the balance in the sway of the ground, and therefore our tip of the match is to back an Eagles win by 1-9 points at $8 with Ladbrokes.com.au.