Australian Football League Live West Coast Eagles vs Geelong Cats Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 09 math will be kick off at Patersons Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Sunday 31 May 2015 online, 16.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Can the Eagles continue their stellar start to the year? To close out round 9, they face a Geelong team that is just starting to hit its straps.
The Eagles will miss Elliot Yeo (suspension) who joins Jack Darling, Matt Rosa, Mitch Brown, Eric MacKenzie and Dom Sheed as members of the 22 who are missing from this game. The Cats are without Mitch Duncan and Jimmy Bartel from their best side.
The Eagles are a surprising second on the ladder with a 6-2 record having only lost to the Bulldogs and Fremantle and having beaten the Giants. They have scored the most amount of points in the competition whilst rank third for least amount of points conceded. Geelong is 10th on the ladder with a 4-4 record having won three of their past four games. They have lost to last year’s finalists Fremantle, Hawthorn, Sydney and North. They rank 8th for most points scored and 12th for most points conceded.
Geelong has faced West Coast on 47 occasions with the Eagles leading the match-up 33-22 with one draw. The Cats have won eight of the last 10 match-ups by an average of 59 points. The Eagles are 9-6 both head-to-head and against the line at home in 2014-15. The Cats are 5-7 (4-8 against the line) when playing interstate in 2013-15. . Since the start of 2010, Geelong is 3-5 (3-5 against the line) at Patersons Stadium. The last two games have not totalled above 148 total match points but the five games prior to that all totalled above 179-points. Steve Johnson averages over 35 touches in his last three games against the Eagles.
Both teams are coming off big wins so confidence should be sky-high. The Cats at the start looks a tantalising proposition. They have the defence to really limit West Coast’s scoring ability whilst Tom Hawkins and Mitch Clark could pose significant problems up forward. We’re not under-estimating the Eagles, it’s just they have had a relatively easy draw so far and the Cats know how to win away from home.
West Coast Eagles:
B: S.Butler, W.Schofield, J.Nelson
HB: S.Hurn, J.McGovern, S.Wellingham
C: B.Sheppard, M.Priddis, L.Duggan
HF: M.LeCras, F.McInnes, C.Masten
F: J.Cripps, JJ.Kennedy, J.Hill
Foll: N.Naitanui, L.Shuey, A.Gaff
Inter: S.Selwood, S.Lycett, C.Sinclair, B.Colledge
Out: E.Yeo (suspended)
B: J.Bews, T.Lonergan, H.Taylor
HB: J.Thurlow, J.Rivers, J.Kelly
C: C.Enright, J.Selwood, S.Motlop
HF: J.Murdoch, M.Clark, M.Stokes
F: S.Johnson, T.Hawkins, S.Kersten
Foll: R.Stanley, M.Blicavs, J.Caddy
Inter: C.Gregson, C.Guthrie, A.Mackie, D.Lang
In: Nil (unchanged)