At the start of the season, I would not have thought this game would be a flip of a coin but, with Port surprising all with their unbeaten start to the season and the Eagles not flying high as most would have anticipated, this game should be a close one.
Port have had a favourable draw, having met Melbourne, GWS and Gold Coast in three of their four matches but it was their win over cross town rivals the Crows, that made us stop and take a close look at them.
Kicks, Handballs, Marks and Goals are areas of the game where Port are in the top five teams of the competition and they’ll fancy their chances of making it five straight.
The Eagles have had a tougher time of it from a draw prospective and have taken on Fremantle, Hawthorne and Carlton with their only win coming over the Demons in round three.
But it’s been the size of those losses – 28, 50 and 24 points that have been a concern and they need to register win two quickly.
They lead the competition in tackles and will need to apply pressure from the outside here for if Port get their nose in front at home, they may prove hard to run down.
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West Coast Eagles
Port Adelaide Power:
B: Thomas Jonas, Alipate Carlisle, Campbell Heath
HB: Jasper Pittard, Jackson Trengove, Dom Cassisi
C: Kane Cornes, Travis Boak, Brad Ebert
HF: Paul Stewart, Justin Westhoff, Matthew Broadbent
F: Robbie Gray, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard
Foll: Brent Renouf, Ollie Wines, Hamish Hartlett
I/C: Matthew Lobbe, Angus Monfries, Jake Neade, Cameron O’Shea
Emerg: Sam Colquhoun, Lewis Stevenson, Matt Thomas
IN: Paul Stewart
OUT: Lewis Stevenson
West Coast Eagles:
B: Shannon Hurn, Darren Glass, Jacob Brennan
HB: Beau Waters, Eric Mackenzie, Sam Butler
C: Chris Masten, Matt Priddis, Andrew Gaff
HF: Jamie Cripps, Josh Kennedy, Mark LeCras
F: Callum Sinclair, Jack Darling, Daniel Kerr
Foll: Dean Cox, Scott Selwood, Luke Shuey
I/C: Ashton Hams, Bradd Dalziell, Mitch Brown, Josh Hill
Emerg: Mark Hutchings, Ashley Smith, Will.Schofield
IN: Beau Waters, Mitch Brown
OUT: Adam Selwood, Will Schofield