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Match preview: Eagles v Hawks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Josh Kennedy of the Eagles celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 10 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on May 27, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Could Josh Kennedy be the game breaker at the MCG on Saturday

Where and when: MCG, Saturday 29 June, 1.45pm AEST 

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What it means for Hawthorn: Its season is quickly spiralling out of control. Three straight losses have seen the Hawks fall two clear games out of the eight, making finals footy look a distant possibility. Victory is essential on Saturday.

What it means for West Coast: The scoreline might not have reflected the Eagles' dominance last week, but they looked as though they were getting back to their best. A game clear inside the top four, they can consolidate that position this weekend.

The stat: The Eagles will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record at the MCG since the start of 2018. A win on Saturday will make it five straight at the ground. 

The match-up: Ricky Henderson v Andrew Gaff

Two of the best runners in the game, this pair will be looking to get on top on the outside this weekend. Henderson is enjoying a career-best season, averaging 27.4 disposals per game, while Gaff continues to win the footy at will and is averaging 32.2 disposals himself.

It's a big week for: James Sicily (Hawthorn)

The big question for Sicily remains where he will play. Having started forward over the last fortnight, his impact has been seriously diminished. Now, Alastair Clarkson must consider whether it's an experiment worth persisting with. Expect him to push back into defence.

Big call: Kennedy's still king, as JK kicks a big bag of five at the MCG 

Prediction: West Coast by 25 points