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Match preview: Eagles v Swans

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Elliot Yeo of the Eagles kicks the ball under pressure from Callum Mills of the Swans during the 2018 AFL round 01 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Sydney Swans at Optus Stadium on March 25, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will RussellAFL Media)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Elliot Yeo of the Eagles kicks the ball under pressure from Callum Mills of the Swans during the 2018 AFL round 01 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Sydney Swans at Optus Stadium on March 25, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will RussellAFL Media)

Where and when: SCG, Sunday June 9th, 1.20pm WST 

What it means for Sydney: Another massive test. The Swans have taken it right up to Collingwood and Geelong over the past fortnight, but the Premiers are in menacing form, and an upset would be huge going into the bye.

What it means for West Coast: Back in the top four after five straight wins, the Eagles must keep rolling to stay in touch with the best teams. They realise just how important it will be to secure home finals and they're right in the hunt again.

The stat: Superstar Sydney forward Lance Franklin booted 8.1 and 2.5 in his team's two wins over West Coast last year and he'll need to be the difference again if the Swans are to go into the mid-season bye with a boil over.

The match-up: Tom McCartin v Jeremy McGovern

The young Swan is a fierce competitor and must make sure the Eagles’ three-time All Australian defender is accountable inside Sydney’s forward 50. McGovern is a huge presence and sets up plenty of West Coast attacks with his reading of the game from half back.

It’s a big week for: Dane Rampe

The local boy who was overlooked at multiple drafts before the Swans threw him a rookie lifeline, has turned himself into one of the game's best defenders and an All Australian. Rampe's 150th game will give his teammates even more motivation to knock off the visitors. 

Big call: Andrew Gaff has averaged 32.8 disposals in nine games this year with a lowest total of 29, but Ryan Clarke will do a job on the star wingman, and keep him to less than 20 touches.

Prediction: Eagles by 21 points