The ‘footy frenzy’ is over the halfway point and for the West Coast & Fremantle, its a chance to keep their momentum in Season 2020 following good wins last week with the Eagles coming from behind over Geelong and Fremantle accounting for Collingwood in another tight contest.
But as Optus Stadium braces itself for another double header of AFL football, it’s time to disect the action ahead for the Eagles & Dockers in Round 11 of the 2020 AFL Season.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON: West Coast Eagles VS Carlton – 1:35PM – Optus Stadium
The Eagles are back in Top 4 form after winning their last three contests and they have a midfield unit that is gelling better then before in 2020.
That being Yeo, Shuey, Gaff, Kelly and Nic Naitanui and the forward setup is getting better led by the superstar Josh Kennedy who has booted 15 goals in the last 3 games.
The key forward deserves to go into next year as he leads the Coleman Medal more than halfway through the 2020 season.
The 32-year-old started slowly this year but is coming home strongly and his good form will go a long way to helping the Eagles go deep into finals.
However the Eagles will go into the match again without Jeremy McGovern who has failed to overcome a thumb injury that he has battled for the past 3 weeks.
But without him the backline trio of Hurn, Barrass & Cole will again be out to test the Eagles defensive depth after leaking goals in the first 3 quarters against Geelong last week.
The battle that will decide this game is undoutebly the ball beasts Elliot Yeo vs Patrick Cripps.
The clearance battle will be very interesting indeed, the Blues sent an extra man up last week against Hawthorn but this week that wont provide the same outcome.
Against the Eagles you have to play West Coast at their own game and the Blues may be a side on the rebound but the task will be too much.
TIP – West Coast By 27 Points
MONDAY NIGHT: Fremantle Dockers VS Hawthorn – 6:40PM – Optus Stadium
After their gutsy win over Collingwood last week, the mindset of the Dockers is much more positive, and it has to be against a side like Hawthorn who are coming off a ruthless triumph against Carlton despite conceding the first 5 goals of the game.
Caleb Serong, Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra are among the new crop of Dockers who can rebuild a club who went close to an inaugural premiership under Ross Lyon.
While Nat Fyfe and Michael Walters are still key players in the side, it is the new group of players who continue to go from strength to strength.
Serong’s tackling presence and ball winning capabilities against Collingwood will continue to keep his name in the mix to win the Rising Star.
Fremantle’s will also have to get the better of the uncontested ball because thats where Hawthorn thrive in a game of such a big ground like Optus Stadium, the Hawks won the count by 50 last week and that will put the load on the Dockers back half.
The youth of Serong and Brayshaw could give them the edge in the Middle as well.
The small forward area will be the only issue and thats been curtailing the side’s confidence for a number of games, they are not polished enough in that space.
Matera and Schultz played excellent 2nd halves last week but they need to provide more.
Their pressure at the ball will also be critical. While the Dockers will have to get the better of the one on one contests in the back half as they have been undermanned, however with Luke Ryan improving week by week, it’s clear his ability to compete with the best is rising and could be vital in the Dockers fortunes on Monday Night
TIP – Fremantle By 1 Point