Brisbane Lions: 15th
West Coast Eagles: 2nd
West Coast Eagles: $7.00
Brisbane Lions: LLLLW
West Coast Eagles: WLWWL
Round 22 Result:
Brisbane Lions: Win over Gold Coast, 74 – 78
West Coast Eagles: Loss to Melbourne, 91 – 108
Brisbane and West Coast will battle it out with the Eagle’s top-two aspirations on the line at the GABBA on Sunday in the final round of the 2018 AFL season.
At the start of the year, many would have expected the Eagles would breeze their way through the Lions and stride into September action, but after a competitive and entertaining season, the Lions is a genuine fancy to register another upset here.
Winning this match would solidify the Eagles’ position on the ladder, confirming a home final and the double chance, which is a huge bonus, given most football pundits had the side falling out of the finals picture this year.
Brisbane has the opportunity to spoil the Eagles’ party and notch their sixth win of the season, which many fans wouldn’t have expected back in February.
It has been a big week for Dayne Beams, the Lions superstar has come out into the media to address his mental issues. This is could spark the former captain to perform at a high level and encourage his teammates to end the season on a high.
Adam Simpson’s Eagles have only one objective — win the match at all costs.
Here are our tips for the final 2018 clash between the Lions and the Eagles.
Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast Eagles Round 23 – Total Points Tips
91 – 105 Total Points @ $5.00
he Lions have prided themselves on their scoring prowess this season. They may be the 15th-placed side, but they sit in 11th on the goals-scored statistic across the league, ahead of both South Australian sides. The Eagles conceded 108-points last round against the Demons and if the Lions can emulate the Demons’ efforts, they can bust their way into the 91 – 105 bracket.
West Coast Eagles
91 – 105 Total Points @ $3.75
The Eagles scoring has been erratic all season. In the last three rounds, they have gone from 140 to 62 and then scored 91 last week. If you average out the last three matches, it perfectly equates to 97-points per match. If they can stay in the same scoring range as they did last week, they will end up around the 91 – 105 mark. As it will be a close match, it is expected that both sides will finish in this bracket, but if you want to pick one out of the two, it should be the Eagles.
Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast Eagles Round 23 – Player Specials Tips
First Goal Scorer
William Rioli @ $12.00
Little Willie Rioli has made himself known across Australia with his brilliant kicking and goal-sense. If the Eagles can push forward early in the match, it could easily pan out with Willie Rioli kicking this first goal of the match, as he gets into the right positions so often and knows how to kick them. The $12.00 odds are very juicy and worth the risk if you believe in Rioli magic.
Dayne Beams has gone public with his recent mental challenges and ongoing grief this week. As a high-quality performer and leader of the club, we expect him to put his heart out on the field in his final match of 2018. Beams is in great form as far as pure numbers goes and has always had a penchant for bobbing up with a goal.
Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast Eagles Round 23 – Wire to Wire
Any Other Result @ $2.10
The Lions have proved that they can run all day long, and the Eagles displayed how to throw a match away in the last quarter in their match against the Demons last week. If the same events were to take place this week, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Lions overrun the Eagles in the final quarter. The Eagles should lead early in the match but may eventually drop off due to their injuries and fatigue, from both the match and the travel across the country.
Lions vs. Eagles Match Predictions
Match Result: West Coast Eagles to win @ $1.54
Line Betting: Brisbane Lions + 11.5 @ $1.92
The safer option of the two is to tip the Eagles, they have more incentive to win and have proven all season that they are the real deal, but stranger things have happened and it could be a Lions victory if they turn up the heat.
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