West Coast Eagles: 2nd
Melbourne Demons: 5th
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West Coast Eagles: Win over Collingwood in Qualifying Final, 86 – 70
Melbourne Demons: Win over Hawthorn in Semi Final, 71 – 104
IT’S going to be one of the biggest games in the history of Western Australian football.
A record AFL crowd is expected at Optus Stadium on Saturday night for the preliminary final between West Coast and Melbourne. It’s one of the most fascinating betting encounters of the AFL season too — one with a number of juicy markets that punters are swinging both ways on.
It was only a month ago that the Demons — underdogs in betting — travelled to Perth to face the Eagles, clinching a drought-breaking spot in the finals with a dramatic victory.
Josh Kennedy was absent with injury in that contest and Jack Darling went down with concussion in the first quarter, so Melbourne can expect a very different side this time around, with both of the key forwards fit to play and raring to go.
After winning its qualifying final against Collingwood a fortnight ago, the Eagles have the benefit of fresh legs and a week’s rest coming into the match, while the Demons will have to travel west after enduring two bruising contests.
Demons ruckman Max Gawn failed to train during the week, but is certain to play this Saturday. Even if he is not 100 per cent fit, you can back the huge Brownlow Medal fancy in to beat West Coast talls Lycett and Vardy easily.
Here are our tips for the West Coast Eagles and Melbourne Demons Preliminary Final clash. Make sure that you find the best bookmaker available to you before placing your bets.
West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne Demons Preliminary Final – Disposals Tips
Jack Redden to get 30 Disposals @ $3.00 – am I able to get a bookie bonus bet?
Discounting Andrew Gaff, who is currently suspended due to a fierce punch back in Round 20, Jack Redden has the highest average disposals per game for the Eagles. Redden was excellent against the Magpies in the Qualifying Final and was also one of the top performers back in Round 22 when the Demons and Eagles last played. Redden can find the footy on the outside or inside, making him a very valuable player for Adam Simpson.
Jack Viney to get 25 Disposals @ $1.53
Since returning from an ongoing foot issue, Viney hasn’t missed a beat. The Melbourne captain was voted best afield in the Semi Final by the Coaches, putting him in Gary Ayres Medal contention. It was more than the touches that attracted the coaches on the night, but the hard effort and determination to get to every contest which stood out. A competitive beast, Viney will get plenty of the footy this week.
West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne Demons Preliminary Final – Goal Scoring Tips
Elliot Yeo Anytime Goal Scorer @ $1.83
Elliot Yeo is one of the best midfielders in the competition, especially when it comes to kicking goals. Yeo has a beautiful long kick that he loves to utilise when breaking the 50 metre arc, often slotting goals through with ease. Yeo will have the possible match-up of James Harmes, the Melbourne tagger, which will force Yeo to push forward and become dangerous. Expect Yeo to fly for the footy inside 50 and kick at least one goal.
Max Gawn Anytime Goal Scorer @ $2.00 – best bookies for AFL finals betting
The best tap ruckman in the competition has many aspects to his game that make him extremely valuable. The ability for a ruckman to push forward and kick a goal is often underrated, but Max Gawn makes it look easy. Gawn knows when it’s time to rest and when it’s time to kick goals. Vardy and Lycett will be unable to counter Gawn in the air and will struggle to keep up with him aerobically, this leads to Gawn eventually kicking a goal.
West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne Demons Preliminary Final – Total Match Points
171.5 Over / Under
Under @ $1.90
High pressure footy between two of the best defensive sides that have played all season. The match is likely to be an intense, low-scoring affair as the defence, structure and discipline of both sides is a big feature. Both sides pride themselves on their two-way running midfielders, who help out their defence too. When you factor in nerves, tackling pressure and a game built around the contest, we think the under for total points is a must.
Eagles vs. Demons Match Predictions
Match Result: West Coast Eagles Win @ $1.80 – find the best bookie for AFL betting
Line betting: West Coast Eagles – 2.5 @ $1.92
Eagles at near full strength at home can knock off the Demons on this occasion. Melbourne is a very good side, but the idea of them defeating the Eagles in Perth twice in one month seems too good to be true.
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