We take a look at Saturday nights (24/8/2019) AFL 2019 Week 23 match is between the West Coast Eagles and Hawthorn Hawks. It’s hard to see the Eagles dropping this game at home but if any side was going to cause an upset it’s the Clarkson-coached Hawks who could do it.
When: Saturday August 24, 8:10pm
Where: Optus Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
It’s all on the line for the Eagles and Hawks in their Optus Stadium clash on Saturday night. The Eagles are playing for a chance at a top two finish and home finals throughout the finals series and the Hawks need to win to find themselves in the top eight on Saturday night.
A one goal loss to the Tigers at the MCG last round will give the Eagles plenty to think about ahead of the finals, with both sides playing well at the home of footy. The Hawks disposed of the Suns by 70 points, with their late season revival putting them well and truly in the finals frame.
Hawthorn will need to win and the Dogs to lose to leapfrog them on the table, with the Hawks holding a 1 per cent advantage on the Dogs, but a game behind the Bullies.
In their round 15 meeting, West Coast kicked the last couple of goals to sneak home by a goal in a wet encounter at the MCG. The Hawks have played just once at Optus Stadium and won that match a season ago. They are 5-3 straight up away from Melbourne this season, while the eagles are 9-2 at home, but they have covered just five times in those 11 home games.
The Hawks have shown plenty of spirit recently and The Wolf thinks they’ll more than make a nuisance of themselves against West Coast. If the Cats win earlier in the day, the Eagles top two chances are all but over and they might take the foot off the peddle ever so slightly.
Tip: West Coast Eagles at $1.23
Value Tip: First Goal Scorer: Joshua J. Kennedy at $7.00
B Shannon Hurn, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard
HB Jackson Nelson, Jeremy McGovern, Lewis Jetta
C Andrew Gaff, Elliot Yeo, Jack Redden
HF Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, Liam Ryan
F Willie Rioli, Josh J. Kennedy, Oscar Allen
FOL Tom Hickey, Dom Sheed, Luke Shuey
I/C Jake Waterman, Chris Masten, Liam Duggan, Jack Petruccelle
EMG Nathan Vardy, Will Schofield, Jarrod Cameron, Brendon Ah Chee
IN Chris Masten, Liam Duggan
OUT Josh Rotham (Omitted), Mark Hutchings (Injured)
B Jack Scrimshaw, James Frawley, James Sicily
HB Blake Hardwick, Ben Stratton, Conor Nash
C Ricky Henderson, Jaeger O’Meara, Tom Scully
HF Paul Puopolo, Tim O’Brien, Isaac Smith
F Luke Breust, Jack Gunston, Ben McEvoy
FOL Jonathon Ceglar, Liam Shiels, James Worpel
I/C Shaun Burgoyne, Daniel Howe, Chad Wingard, Oliver Hanrahan
EMG Jackson Ross, James Cousins, Changkuoth Jiath, Marc Pittonet
IN Jack Scrimshaw, Daniel Howe
OUT Jarryd Roughead (Managed), Changkuoth Jiath (Omitted)
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change