AFL Live West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 15 match will be kick off at Subiaco Oval Stadium, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, Thursday 30 June 2016 online, 20.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
West Coast head in as unbackable $1.01 favourites with most bookies and should notch up their eighth win of the season.
The Eagles will be looking to boost their percentage, which currently sits at a healthy 128.93%, just under 12% short of the likes of Sydney and Geelong. Percentage may play a factor later on for those sides respective top four hopes.
The game will be held at Domain Stadium and with the exception of the Eagles most recent match at the venue against Adelaide, the venue has been a fortress for Adam Simpson and his troops over the last year and a half.
Prior to their 29-point loss to the Crows in Round 12, West Coast had won their six games at the ground this year by an average margin of 68 points. A highlight of those wins was their high scoring and they have averaged 121 points at the venue this year.
With the reigning Coleman Medalist, Josh Kennedy, up forward, as well as the likes of Jack Darling, Mark LeCras and Josh Hill, the Eagles will have too many options.
The Bombers are $21 with most markets and, interestingly, the red and black started at similar odds in their most recent hitout, which was against GWS at Etihad Stadium in Round 13.
The Bombers led the Giants until deep in the third quarter before fading late, where they eventually went down by 27 points.
On that occasion, Brendan Goddard and David Zaharakis found plenty of the footy, while Orazio Fantasia was a star up forward, booting four goals. However, it is very hard to make a case for the Bombers this weekend.
Another highlight in this game is that it will be the first time that John Worsfold coaches against his former club, who will be celebrating the 10-year reunion of the Eagles 2006 premiership. Hopefully for Woosha, who coached West Coast to that triumph, the game won’t be too much of a blowout.
With the exception of Nic Naitanui, who is still six weeks away from a return, West Coast have no injury concerns whatsoever and should recall Scott Lycett after the back up ruckman missed the Eagles last match due to disciplinary reasons.
Essendon’s No.4 draft pick, Aaron Francis, is edging closer towards a debut, while Shaun McKernan and Kyle Langford are among those that are pushing for selection.
Essendon have a very healthy recent record against West Coast, having won three of the last five games between the two, including one at Domain Stadium.
However, the last time the two sides met it was a 50-point win to the Eagles at the venue back in Round 11 last season. Mark LeCras and Josh Kennedy combined for seven goals, while Andrew Gaff and Matt Priddis found plenty of it.
West Coast Eagles:
B: M.Brown, W.Schofield, B.Sheppard
HB: S.Butler, T.Barrass, S.Hurn
C: E.Yeo, M.Priddis, A.Gaff
HF: C.Masten, J.Darling, M.LeCras
F: J.Cripps, J.Kennedy, J.McGovern
R: S.Lycett, M.Hutchings, L.Shuey
I/C: S.Wellingham, L.Jetta, J.Nelson, P.McGinnity
EMG: L.Duggan, E.Mackenzie, X.Ellis
IN: M.Brown, P.McGinnity, S.Lycett, J.Nelson
OUT: J.Hill (Illness), J.Giles (Omitted), J.Redden (Omitted), F.McInnes (Omitted)
B: J.Gwilt, M.Hartley, J.Ashby
HB: B.Goddard, M.Dea, J.Kelly
C: C.Dempsey, D.Zaharakis, M.Gleeson
HF: A.Cooney, J.Daniher, O.Fantasia
F: M.Stokes, M.Brown, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
R: M.Leuenberger, C.Bird, Z.Merrett
I/C: W.Hams, J.Merrett, D.Parish, M.Jamar
EMG: S.McKernan, J.Polkinghorne, S.Michael
OUT: P.Ambrose (Back)