The fourth game of Saturday AFL Round 17 matches is between Brisbane Lions and West Coast Eagles. The game is set to commence at 7:40 PM local time with the game to be played at Gabba. Away team West Coast Eagles go into the match as the favourites in the market. View our preview and teams for the game between Brisbane Lions and West Coast Eagles.
Round:Round 17 , July 12, 2014, 7:40 PM
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The Lions take on the Eagles on Saturday, 7.40PM at the GABBA. The West Coast Eagles will go into this one as favourites, currently in 11th ladder position
against a 17th-placed Lions outfit. While the Eagles really need to win here in order to cling to their faint finals hopes, the Lions would love to spoil the party.
However, the Brisbane team have recently been decimated by both injury and suspension, not to mention the loss of retired skipper Jonathan Brown. They will have to face the Eagles without midfield prime-movers Tom Rockliff, Jack Redden, and Daniel Rich, something which will probably be too difficult against the Eagles.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R7, 2013, West Coast 17.6 (108) d Brisbane Lions 12.10 (82) at Gabba
R18, 2012, West Coast 28.7 (175) d Brisbane Lions 12.5 (77) at Patersons Stadium
R10, 2012, Brisbane Lions 16.6 (102) d West Coast 15.10 (100) at Gabba
R23, 2011, West Coast 13.11 (89) d Brisbane Lions 11.15 (81) at Gabba
R19, 2010, Brisbane Lions 10.10 (70) d West Coast 9.11 (65) at Patersons Stadium
THE SIX POINTS
1. It was the big men who helped the Eagles defeat the Lions the last time the sides met, with Josh Kennedy kicking four goals and Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui combining for 58 hit-outs.
2. No team has taken fewer marks inside 50 this season than the Lions (107). The Eagles (150) are significantly better, and ranked 11th.
3. The clubs have clashed 42 times previously, with the Eagles holding a clear 29-12 winning advantage, with one draw. They also have a 9-8 record at the Gabba.
4. The Lions continue to struggle to score, ranked 17th for total points scored at 64 a game, and are yet to break the ton in 15 matches.
5. The Eagles continue to be strong in the ruck, ranked equal second for hit-outs, averaging 47.1, compared to the Lions, who rank 12th with 38.5 a game.
6. While Luke Shuey has generally had a difficult season, he loves playing the Lions. The Eagles’ midfielder is ranked 65th overall according to the AFL Official Player Ratings, but averages a team-high 16.6 a game against the Lions.
B Justin Clarke, Matt Maguire, Joel Patfull
HB Daniel McStay, Jed Adcock, Ryan Harwood
C Dayne Zorko, James Aish, Ryan Lester
HF Lewis Taylor, Michael Close, Josh Green
F Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Merrett, Ashley McGrath
FOLL Stefan Martin, Pearce Hanley, Rohan Bewick
I/C Claye Beams, Marco Paparone, Sam Mayes,Mitch Golby
EMG Jack Crisp, Jordan Lisle, Andrew Raines
IN Mitch Golby
OUT Tom Rockliff (Suspension)
B Sam Butler, Will Schofield, Shannon Hurn
HB Xavier Ellis, Eric Mackenzie, Jacob Brennan
C Chris Masten, Matt Priddis, Brad Sheppard
HF Andrew Gaff, Jack Darling, Patrick McGinnity
F Nic Naitanui, Callum Sinclair, Mark LeCras
FOLL Scott Lycett, Luke Shuey, Mark Hutchings
I/C Jeremy McGovern, Simon Tunbridge, Ashley Smith, Dominic Sheed
EMG Adam Carter, Josh Hill, Blayne Wilson
IN Nic Naitanui, Callum Sinclair, Simon Tunbridge,Ashley Smith, Dominic Sheed
OUT Jamie Cripps (Omitted), Sharrod Wellingham (Omitted), Josh Kennedy (Suspension), Dean Cox (Soreness),Matt Rosa (Pectoral tendon)