This weekend’s match of the round may be the most exciting to date, featuring two teams sitting on equal points at the top of the table. Sydney travel to Perth looking to hang on to top spot while West Coast will fancy their chances of taking the competition lead at their home ground. West Coast head into the clash on the back of a gritty win over North Melbourne while the Swans will be full of confidence after hammering the Lions on the weekend.
The home grown advantage is key for West Coast here and they head into the fixture with an 18-match unbeaten streak at Patersons Stadium. They will have to dig deep into their ranks though with Beau Waters (injury), Quinten Lynch and Luke Shuey (suspension) all likely to be missing from the key encounter. They will however be boosted by the return of star Adam Selwood and his performance could prove pivotal to maintaining their home ground winning streak. For West Coast to win they will have to shut down key Swan Adam Goodes who has been his usual consistent self this year.
Can Sydney pair Mumford and Pyke shutdown West Coast big men Natanui and Cox? The ruck battle could be a deciding factor. The Swans were the last team to beat West Coast at Patersons Stadium, largely thanks to a stellar performance from Adam Goodes. The Sydney champion will again have to be at his best to inspire an upset win away from home.
With Natanui and Cox likely to be too strong at the ruck and a home ground advantage that is probably the best in the league, it is too tough to tip against favourites West Coast here.
West Coast by 10
West Coast Win $1.59
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