This is the first of the block busters to look forward to this weekend with the premiers from the past two years going head to head.
The Eagles are on a terrific run and back somewhere close to their premiership form of 2018. They were dominant over Greater Western Sydney despite the final score showing just a 2 goal margin in their favour.
They are hard to fault anywhere on the ground. A fit Nic Naitanui is a huge advantage and gives a star-studded midfield first access. Their backline is rock solid and has only been bolstered by the return of Jeremy McGovern – he was sensational last week.
It was at about this time last year that Richmond started to really build momentum which led to a successful premiership campaign; and they are threatening to do it again. One area they do need to fix is the connection between their forwards and midfield. Hard to pin point exactly where things are breaking down but i am sure they have been working hard on this and it will be quickly rectified.
It is important to note that West Coast is back on the road and a part of “hub life” and of course away from their home ground Optus Stadium. It was well documented they that they did not enjoy being in a hub the first time round, but I would suggest that they will do things a lot differently this time.
Despite the venue I think West Coast are entitled to be favourites. Happy to have a small play on them to win by 1-39.