Australian Football League Live West Coast Eagles vs Western Bulldogs Stream Free, AFL 2017 Seasons Week 08. West Coast Eagles vs Western Bulldogs match will be kickoff at Domain Stadium, Subiaco, Western Australia, Friday 12 May 2017 online, 20:10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
West Coast have moved up to fourth place after a dramatic 97-87 win over Port Adelaide in Adelaide. The Eagles have now won their last two. Their defence, for the most part, has been key, allowing more than 87 points just once in their last five games. Defensively the Eagles rank sixth this year. West Coast ranks eighth in attack and have topped 97 just once in their last five.
The Western Bulldogs are fifth on the ladder and enter this with three wins in their last four matches including a come-from-behind win over Richmond last Saturday. The Bulldogs have been relentless defensively this year, not allowing more than 90 points in any game, ranking second in the AFL. They have scored more than 90 just once in their last five and rank 11th in attack.
The Eagles, of course, were last year’s runners-up and would have gone into the season hoping to go one better and win a flag – at the very least they would have hoped for a top-four finish. Those dreams both seem a little unlikely at this stage but they can at least keep themselves in the running with a win here.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, were knocked out at this same stage last year, losing an absolute thriller of a match against the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium. They’ve been so impressive over the past two years and would really love to have a finals win to show for it.
The seasons of both sides have had some significant twists and turns. The Eagles were one of the most disappointing sides in the league for much of the year, but they have really managed to turn it round in the last month with wins over GWS, Hawthorn and Adelaide – two of those on the road.
They seem to have rediscovered a bit of that physicality and pressure that made them an excellent team in 2015, allowing them to deny their opponents space and in doing so create turnovers the allow them to dominate the game.
That will be an interesting clash of styles with the Western Bulldogs who like to do quite a bit of the same thing, playing a game based around suffocating pressure on the ball-carrier, dominance in the contested ball, and excellent kicking skills.
West Coast Eagles:
B: Brad Sheppard, Will Schofield, Thomas Barrass
HB: Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Sharrod Wellingham
C: Elliot Yeo, Matt Priddis, Jamie Cripps
HF: Mark LeCras, Jack Darling, Chris Masten
F: Jonathan Giles, Josh J Kennedy, Josh Hill
Fol: Scott Lycett, Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey
Int: Mitch Brown, Dom Sheed, Sam Butler, Mark Hutchings
Emg: Jack Redden, Liam Duggan, Jackson Nelson
In: Mitchell Brown
Out: Lewis Jetta (Calf)
B: Shane Biggs, Joel Hamling, Matthew Boyd
HB: Jason Johannisen, Dale Morris, Easton Wood
C: Lachie Hunter, Marcus Bontempelli, Liam Picken
HF: Lin Jong, Zaine Cordy, Jake Stringer
F: Tory Dickson, Tom Boyd, Caleb Daniel
Fol: Jordan Roughead, Luke Dahlhaus, Josh Dunkley
Int: Matthew Suckling, Jack Macrae, Clay Smith, Tom Liberatore
Emg: Tom Campbell, Toby McLean, Fletcher Roberts
In: Easton Wood, Jake Stringer, Jordan Roughead, Jack Macrae, Tom Liberatore
Out: Koby Stevens (Omitted), Fletcher Roberts (Omitted), Bailey Williams (Omitted), Nathan Hrovat (Omitted), Will Minson (Omitted)