AFL Live West Coast Eagles vs St Kilda Saints Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 08 Match will be kick off at The Subiaco Oval, Stadium, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, Sunday 15 May 2016 online, 16.40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
West Coast are back in the friendly embrace of home, where the Saints are going to find it tough.
We know West Coast’s story by now – bullies at home and four wins, scaredy-cats away and three losses. They do perform like two different sides, but it’s important to note their away wins have been against tough opposition – Hawthorn at the MCG, Sydney at the SCG, and Geelong at Simonds Stadium.
St Kilda are playing good football – spirited and combative, but just lacking for poise and class at different times. They’ve lost close games to Hawthorn and the undefeated North, and have won in fine style against Melbourne and Collingwood.
West Coast has won the last six against St Kilda, including three at Domain Stadium by an average margin of 50 points.
The Eagles are 70% ATS at Domain under Adam Simpson, averaging 105 points per game. Against Victorian sides, they are 75% ATS and an average winning margin of 43 points.
St Kilda have only won two interstate matches under Alan Richardson, -58% POT, 29% ATS and 35% at the under. The Saints have covered the line in four of their last five games.
West Coast are back at the comfort of home, and they meet a St Kilda that are going to be the best team the Eagles have faced there this year. Firstly, this means that West Coast have had a very soft run at home. Secondly, it means the Saints could be a surprise challenger. Thirdly, it means the travelling side is over the odds.
St Kilda bring a side that is fit and in-form, with an even spread of contributors, led by good players in good form, and a champion like Nick Riewoldt all but at his peak. If West Coast don’t bring intensity and smoothness of ball movement, the Saints can expose them on a ground that should suit them.
Popular narrative will have this as another comfortable home victory to the Eagles, and it may well be the case, but there might just be more to it.
West Coast Eagles:
B: B.Sheppard, E.MacKenzie, W.Schofield
HB: S.Wellingham, J.McGovern, S.Hurn
C: A.Gaff, M.Priddis, E.Yeo
HF: M.LeCras, J.Darling, C.Masten
F: J.Hill, J.Kennedy, S.Lycett
Foll: N.Naitanui, J.Redden, L.Shuey
I/C: S.Butler, J.Cripps, L.Duggan, M.Hutchings
Emg: J.Bennell, P.McGinnity, T.Cole
St Kilda Saints:
B: J.Geary, S.Dempster, S.Savage
HB: J.Newnes, S.Gilbert, L.Montagna
C: B.Acres, D.Armitage, J.Billings
HF: J.Lonie, N.Riewoldt, T.Membrey
F: M.Weller, J.Bruce, J.Gresham
Foll: T.Hickey, L.Dunstan, J.Steven
I/C: S.Ross, D.Roberton, J.Webster, J.Sinclair
Emg: E.Templeton, B.Murdoch, L.Pierce
Ins: D.Roberton, J.Sinclair
Outs: S.Fisher, D.Minchington.