AFL Live Brisbane Lions vs West Coast Eagles Live Streaming Free 2019 Round 1 Live Stream Online,The AFL match will be kick off at Gabba, Woolloongabba, Australia, Saturday 23 March 2019 online, 20:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Eagles need a win to stitch up 2nd spot on the ladder and a home final. All the action can be seen on Fox Footy.
West Coast come off a 17 point loss to Melbourne in Round 22 and that effort has put them in danger of losing their grip on 2nd position on the ladder.
Another defeat will mean that Collingwood or Hawthorn could surpass them on the ladder, meaning that the Eagles will lose the right to host a final in week one of the upcoming finals series.
The Eagles have been posted as the $1.50 favourites for the clash against Brisbane but the Lions can present a danger to the West Australians.
Chris Fagan’s side come off a four point victory over the Gold Coast Suns and while they have only won five games this season, including just two at the GABBA, they have pushed a number of quality sides over the course of 2018.
West Coast look to have an advantage in a number of areas. They are superior in the air, ranking No.1 in the competition for marks and contested marks, while they are 2nd for hitouts.
However, they may have to do it without Jack Darling, who was concussed in the loss to Melbourne. Jeremy McGovern will be a steadying influence, while Elliot Yeo and Chris Masten loom as other keys.
Brisbane can get some ascendancy in the middle. They rank higher for contested possessions and clearances. Dayne Beams and Hugh McCluggage are in good form and if there forwards can deliver it will make for an interesting clash. The Lions registered 28 scoring shots to 19 last weekend and inaccuracy cost them a greater margin.
Brisbane are likely to be without Alex Witherden after the youngster sustained a hamstring injury in the win over Gold Coast. Oscar McInerney is expected to return from illness.
West Coast’s Jack Darling will be monitored at training after going down with concussion last weekend, while Josh Kennedy is expected to miss another game. Jake Waterman is a possible inclusion.
West Coast have dominated Brisbane in recent times, winning the past seven games between the two sides with those wins coming at an average margin of 53 points. Four of those games have been held at the GABBA.
The most recent game between the two sides was in Round 19 of 2017 at Domain Stadium and on that occasion it was the Eagles by 68 points. West Coast have won six of nine games outside of Perth this season. Brisbane have won just two of their 10 games at their home ground in 2018.
West Coast are the superior side and they will notch up a convincing win. Eagles fans can start thinking about a Qualifying Final at Perth Stadium.
B: Hodge, Walker, Rich
HB: Witherden, Andrews, Gardiner
C: Zorko, Neale, McCluggage
HF: Rayner, Hipwood, McCarthy
F: Cameron, McStay, McInerney
FOLL: Martin, Berry, Lyons
I/C: Bastinac, Robinson, Bailey, Mathieson
EMG: Christensen, Taylor, Lester, Smith
B: Hurn, Barrass, Sheppard
HB: Cole, McGovern, Jetta
C: Masten, Sheed, Redden
HF: Hutchings, Allen, Petrucelle
F: Ryan, Darling, Hickey
FOLL: Vardy, Yeo, Shuey
I/C: Waterman, Brander, Duggan, Venables
EMG: Nelson, Ah Chee, Allen, Smith