EAGLES v BOMBERS
PERTH STADIUM, THURSDAY, 8.10PM
West Coast — Will Nic Naitanui play? NAITANUI has never done things by halves and the cutthroat final will be a grand stage for his latest comeback from injury. Having missed the past three finals series and played just three games this year, the ruckman looks to have won his race against time following a serious ankle syndesmosis injury in Round 17.
Essendon — How do they hurt the Eagles? SPEED kills. The Eagles are likely to go with a tall line-up. Naitanui will return and they appear wedded to keeping youngster Oscar Allen in the side. That means West Coast will play two specialist ruckmen plus three tall forwards. The Bombers could have their own issues with sore players but if they can start well, limit the crowd’s impact and back themselves to play fast footy, it could go a long way towards a
Last time they played
Round 14: Eagles 14.22 (106) d Bombers 11.5 (71) at Perth Stadium
Early call: West Coast has too much quality to get done twice in a row on their home track. Naitanui (pictured) should be an important inclusion. EAGLES BY 24
TAB odds Match: Eagles $1.20, Bombers $4.60 Flag: Eagles $9, Bombers $67