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WAFL Preview: A lot to prove for all

We are well into August (who would have thought) and it’s round 4 of the 2020 WAFL Season with some big matches coming your way and despite the full capacity rules being delayed again, WA Fans can still look forward to some remarkable footy action and in this shortened season, every game counts.

Let’s take a look at the 4 games that will be taking place in Round 4 of Season 2020.

WEST PERTH VS EAST PERTH – SATURDAY 2:30PM – Arena Joondalup

The clash of the traditional rivals has match of the round written all over it, between the sides that are shaping up to be contenders in the Top 4.

The Falcons are coming off a 15 goal demolition of Peel Thunder while the Royals got back on the winners list after a win over East Fremantle.

This match promises to be tense and physical as you would expect with both sides possessing good midfield units with Lynch leading the Royals and Nelson combining with Black off the centre.

One player you have to watch out for is forward Tyler Keitel who bagged 5 goals last week, when he is in form you have to outmatch him in height.

Having said that the Royals too have many avenues to goal in the form of Matthew Young & Nicholas Robertson, they may be slightly smaller then Keitel but they are quick movers inside forward 50.

Expect this one to be a battle of the full forwards.

Tip – West Perth By 2 Points

EAST FREMANTLE VS PERTH – SATURDAY 2:30PM – East Fremantle Oval

Its quite astounding that a team that committed in one win could be so poor the next game.

East Fremantle face that burden and must beat Perth who are in finals form in order to prove their fans and critics wrong.

But Perth are off the bye following their Round 2 win against the Royals and their experienced stars are aiming to deliver once again.

The signings of Chris Masten, Fraser Mcinnes and Brady Grey has given the Demons added legitimacy and the tempo they play is exciting for fans.

As for the Sharks, well players like Boekhurst and Lester Smith will need to increase their attack at the ball and intensity at ground level to contain Perth’s repeated entries towards the forward 50 but its a hard task in itself against a Demons side hungry to play Finals for the first time since 1978, expect the Demons to prove why they are one of the major pacesetters this year.

Tip – Perth By 47 Points

CLAREMONT VS PEEL THUNDER – SATURDAY 2:30PM – Claremont Oval

Claremont are the heavyweights in Season 2020 and have a powerhouse lineup.

Despite the loss to South Fremantle last week they go into this clash with Peel Thunder expecting a big win, largely due to Peel lacking depth and confidence after 2 huge losses in a row.

Peel must be keen to bounce back and be desperate to make a statement at Claremont Oval.

Jye Bolton, Declan Mountford and Kane Mitchell will be vital as they are often huge around the centre contest applying pressure at the Ball and they are essential in getting the ball forward to their main target in Alec Waterman who has kicked 6 goals in the first 3 matches.

Peel may have experience from Ballantyne on the flanks to the wings led by Ben Hancock, but they need to polish their use of the football out of the bounce, but against Claremont, its easier said then done.

Tip – Claremont By 31 Points

SUBIACO VS SOUTH FREMANTLE – SATURDAY 3:05PM – Leederville Oval

The Lions are primed for a rebound after a big win over Swan Districts last week but let’s not forget about the Bulldogs, they also fought off a great battle with Claremont by 8 Points so this game has a true Grand Final rematch feel to it with the Dogs out for revenge.

The strongest attribute of South is their midfield depth, they no longer have to just rely on Main & Schloithe, they have Dragovich and Dent improving their form in the contest.

The Lions they may have a mountain list of injuries but they still have young players like the Hickmotts and up forward Ben Sokol can light the lions up with big bursts like last week against Swans where he kicked 3 in the final term.

This game will be as ferocious as any other game in the 2020 Season and as for who is taking the points, expect the midfield depth to be too strong in this game and that is in favour of the Bulldogs.

Tip – South Fremantle By 11 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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