Table toppers West Coast head to Melbourne this Saturday night to take on the in-form Essendon Bombers in what is sure to be a bumper clash. West Coast have been the team to beat so far in 2012, stamping themselves as genuine premiership contenders by going through the first six rounds undefeated. Essendon have also been in excellent form, having dropped just one match this year and go into the match with their confidence levels sky high after hammering the Brisbane Lions last weekend.
While both teams are facing injury concerns, the Bombers head into this week with more key hands on deck than their opposition but may be missing Stewart Crameri. He came off early during last week’s victory over the Lions and the forward is a key part of the Bombers line up. The Bombers have shown they are the real deal in defence with no team since North Melbourne in round 1 scoring over 100 against them but they will have to be at their defensive best on Saturday night to contain an Eagles team who have shown they can rack up some monster scorelines.
When will the Eagles bubble burst? They have been battling injuries all year but they seem to always have the depth to fill the holes. They will again be tested this week when they are further weakened by the abscence of Ashton Hams and Adam Selwood. Do they have even more replacements ready to step up? Probably. Not only have they shown the ability to put points on the board, they have shown the hunger in defence of a premiership contending outfit but Saturday night will truly test them.
It’s almost too tough to call but $2.10 bookmaker.com.au outsiders West Coast are our tip to remain undefeated this weekend. They have simply been a class above everyone they have played this year and despite their depth being tested yet again, we are tipping them to just hold on against a hungry Bombers side.
West Coast by 3.
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