Preview: Do-or-die clashes for both WA sides

We head into Round 5 of what has been a strange AFL Season, which has come across more daily surprises due to the Victorian COVID-19 crisis including a re-arrangment for the Eagles.

The 2020 AFL Premiership season is getting weirder any edition ever before but Football is still to be played and for the WA Teams, its win or bust but they are easier matchups than what they have faced in recent weeks.

SATURDAY MORNING – Eagles VS Sydney Swans @ Metricon Stadium

The Eagles have been woeful since football’s Return with three losses in a row and their last win was back in March against Melbourne.

But for the first time since football returned to our fields, this is a game that could see the Eagles a big chance of securing the 4 points.

The fact that they are 16th is a genuine concern as well as the fact their midfield has gone very buttery.

They are not winning enough contests at ground level which is seeing them dominated at the clearances by the Suns, Brisbane & Port Adelaide in the last 3 weeks.

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Gaff should be targeted as has worked hard at his game and he hasn’t got support at ground level because opposition at the moment have got them figured out in the clearance game.

The big key to winning this game is to win the clearance and groundball counts.

West Coast will look to atone for the horrid performance against Port Adelaide in a confidence booster before their return to WA and they will have the Gov Back!

McGovern is back in the side along with Oscar Allen, Jake Waterman & Jackson Nelson in place of the suspended Will Schofield, the injured Jarrod Brander and Tom Hickey & Lewis Jetta both being dropped.

Against a Sydney side that is hot and cold and as unpredictable as the Eagles, West Coast should bounce back emphatically before heading back west and I’m calling for Josh Kennedy to boot a bag as when he is at his best, he is elite.

Paul’s Tip – West Coast by 14 Points

SUNDAY MORNING – Dockers VS Adelaide Crows @ Metricon Stadium

One Question for the Dockers ahead of the Sunday matchup with the Crows is… Can Fremantle cope without Nat Fyfe?

In the past the answer has been No, because he is heavily relied upon to deliver elite performances but where is support in the midfield rotation, there hasn’t been any.

Another problem on their side is the lack of a 4-Quarter Game.

They put in a solid outing for the first 3 Quarters against the Gold Coast last week with Tucker and Tabener amongst the marks but were outclassed in the last quarter.

When the game is in the balance, the Dockers need to find enough grit and intensity to take back control in a match.

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Michael Walters has upped his output so far this season, while Darcy Tucker and Brett Bewley are finding their feet and David Mundy has ample room to improve.

Fyfe goes out due to his hamstring injury, Bewley misses out on selection again but Banfield, Blakely, Darcy, Duman & Sturt all come in to the team.

Given how badly hammered the Crows have been over the last 3 weeks since football’s return, this is the Dockers biggest chance to finally make a statement for 2020, that firstly, they have a good enough list to win but more importantly that they can win without Fyfe.

This weekend is their time.

Tip- Fremantle By 9 Points

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Paul Persic

Paul Persic

Paul Persic is a respected writer and podcaster and a member of the WA Daily Sports team. Paul hosts Talking Motorsport every Monday 7pm on 91.3 SportFM as well as Full Time with Pauly and Darce, on Front Row Screens, Sunday's from 5pm. In addition to his radio ventures, Paul can also be found presenting 'Paul Persic Presents', a feature series available on Facebook.

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