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Preview: One last hub fling

After both WA Teams enjoyed victory in Round 5, the Eagles and Dockers will live the hub life one final time before returning to Perth for an important home stretch in the 2020 Season.

But both West Coast and Fremantle face one more challenge in Queensland, let’s take a look at the games for Round 6 of the AFL Season.

SATURDAY MORNING – Fremantle VS St Kilda at Metricon Stadium – 10:35AM AWST

Fremantle face a fast-paced and electric St Kilda side on the rebound.

This will be a tough matchup but the Dockers in the last couple of weeks are starting to become a electric team of their own, lacking polish with their disposals on foot, however they are in the Top 8 in Disposals this year despite their efficiency.

St Kilda however have a short kicking and play on percentage game that Fremantle must contain with hard tackling and defensive pressure that is essential to beating a good tempo football side.

They are ranked last in the total tackles in 2020 with only 215 tackles (35 per game, 2nd Lowest on Average). St Kilda amassed 260 tackles so far this season (Averaging 43.3 per game, 6th highest).

The Dockers will be going into the game with Blake Acres making his long awaited Dockers debut, Nat Fyfe returning from his hamstring soreness and Brennan Cox & Travis Colyer are also in the side.

Fyfe’s inclusion in the side was up for debate given his history with soft tissue hamstring injuries.

Fremantle will need to back up their form against Adelaide with some aggressive work at the centre with Fyfe, Brayshaw & Cerra providing avenues to goal but a must against St Kilda is attack right from the word go, create the turnovers and then attack.

If the Dockers can play that attacking turnover game, even with a side that is lacking disposal polish they would be good enough for St Kilda who are without a few big guns themselves.

Pauls Tip: Freo to nick it by 8 points.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON – West Coast VS Adelaide at the Gabba – 1:05PM AWST

The finishing line is in sight for the Eagles in the Queensland hub, which may be a good thing considering that they are 1-3 in the sunshine state this season but the victory against Sydney last week saw the Eagles back to the style of football they are known for.

There is a certainty that the Eagles will win, the question is how will they do it.

The Eagles must go back to the plan that worked against the Swans – get more numbers at the contest and push forward to defend and create indecision that causes turnovers to goals – and hope the pressure on the ball gifts West Coast mids and defenders time to set up on the defensive end.

Elliot Yeo will also be a key for the Eagles having been back at his best against the Swans.

Nic Naitanui will also look to dominate the ruck against Reilly O Brien, i mean no wonder he averages 32 hit outs a game (2nd highest in the AFL this year).

The Eagles will be without Luke Shuey however due to his hamstring injury, as will Jermaine Jones but welcome back Brayden Ainsworth and the persistent Jarrod Cameron to the side for this important clash.

The Crows will be calling for a big performancen from their star players against an Eagles side back on confidence but West Coast will prove too good all round the ground and consign the South Australians to yet another loss.

Paul’s Tip: West Coast to romp home by 41 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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