Its without a doubt the biggest day in the WA sporting calendar. West Coast v Fremantle. Regardless of where the two teams are on the ladder, its virtually IMPOSSIBLE to pick a winner out of this game.
Today is a massive day for both clubs. The Eagles are sitting on top of the ladder but have some fierce competition from Essendon, who after killing Greater Western Sydney last night, have leap frogged the Eagles by percentage to sit in the number one position. West Coast will want to notch another win under their belts, especially against their cross town rivals, to take back that number one mantle ahead of an away game against the lions next week. Every victory they score while their injury list is the way it is will be a massive psychological victory for the Eagles and an important stepping stone to get as far as possible in the finals.
For the Dockers, this game is a must win to keep them in the premiership race. At the moment, they’re sitting in the massive group of five teams currently sitting on 20 points and one of about seven teams that, come the end of the season, will be fighting for those last three spots in the top eight. It is no secret that the defensive structure of the Dockers has resulted in them playing some dull football, but they are renowned for lifting the intensity during these cross town games and will need to do so today to take the points away from the Eagles.
This is a game where positioning doesnt matter. Both teams might as well be squaring off in round one. The Dockers wont care that the Eagles have only dropped one game this season, and The Eagles will be wary of a team that could sink Geelong and St Kilda and who took it to Sydney and Carlton.
Picking a winner out of this game is going to be tough. Even at three quarter time, if the margin is three goals or less, it would be hard to choose who would win. Despite the history between these two teams, they have never played out a draw. In fact, the Dockers have NEVER had a drawn game since their inception. As much as I would love a draw, I thinking the Eagles might just pip them.
My Prediction: Eagles by 8.