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Preview: Suns v Eagles

  • Preview: Suns v Eagles

This is a must win game for both sides which makes for an exciting contest.

The Suns are coming off their first run of losses for the year after going down to the Crows at the Adelaide Oval and the Swans at home, they remain in the 8 for now but can't afford to lose three in a row.

The Eagles are in the midst of a form slump that is bordering on a crisis. With just 4 wins and all of those coming over sides 14th or lower on the ladder, Adam Simpson's Eagles will need to show something.

 

The Points That Matter: GOLD COAST

Last week:

The trio of Ablett (37 disp, 9 clearances), Prestia (28 disp, 6 tackles) and O’Meara (26 disp, 6 marks) did their best to match it with the Swans midfield and held their own but the potency of Sydney’s forward-line proved too much the Suns allowing 6 multiple goal kickers.

The Points:

  • The Suns have 2 of the top 3 ball winners in 2014. Gary Ablett is ranked 1st in the AFL for disposals with a massive average of 31.9 per game while vice-captain Dion Prestia has taken his game to a new level averaging 28.6 a game ranked 3rd in the comp.
  • Rising Star nominee Kade Kolodjashnij was huge on the weekend. The young Tasmanian racked up 17 disposals, 7 marks and kicked 2 great goals.
  • The Suns have a poor record at Patersons Stadium, they have lost 5 of 5 matches at the venue by an average of 52 points. In a positive for the Suns their best match there was last year against the Eagles when they went down by 17 points.
  • The Suns have had a great season but they do have areas where they would like to improve. They average 14th in kicks per game, 16th in hit outs per game and 18th in marks per game.

 

The Points That Matter: WEST COAST

Last week:

The Eagles allowed poor ball movement halt their efforts to take down an undermanned Hawthorn. They have now lost 7 of their last 8 games, haven’t defeated a side higher than 14th and only average 65 points a game when they lose.

The Points:

  • Despite one of the tallest forward lines including Kennedy, Darling, Cox, McGovern and Naitanui the Eagles have struggled to mark the ball inside 50. West Coast ranks 14th in the AFL this season averaging just 9.4 per game.
  • Dean Cox struggled last week with just 11 disposals, 26 hit outs and 3 marks. This match against the Suns could have come at a good time for him considering he averages 21.3 disposals, 33 hit outs, 8.7 marks and 1.7 goals.
  • In a shock today Darren Glass has announced his retirement from footy. The West Coast captain will not take part in the rest of the season and won't play against the Suns.
  • The Eagles haven’t had a great record at home this year losing 3 of their past 4 games there with the only win coming against the GWS Giants.

Verdict: Gold Coast by 9 points

What's your prediction? Can the Suns stay in the 8? Will the Eagles be able to defeat a top 8 side for the first time this year?

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