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Match preview: Eagles v Tigers

Will Elliot Yeo lock horns with Dustin Martin at the MCG on Sunday? - West Coast Eagles,Richmond
Will Elliot Yeo lock horns with Dustin Martin at the MCG on Sunday?

Where and when: MCG, Sunday August 18, 1.10pm AEST

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What it means for Richmond: The first opportunity Richmond has had to play the reigning premiers this year. With both teams in form ahead of finals, it's a perfect opportunity to test themselves against the best.

What it means for West Coast: A perfect opportunity to play a fellow top-four team at the MCG. It'll be just the Eagles' third game for the year at the home of the Grand Final.

The stat: West Coast forward Josh Kennedy failed to take a mark last week against Adelaide for the first time in his 239-game career. He is averaging four marks a game this season, and six per match over his career.

The match-up: Jack Darling & Josh Kennedy v Jack Riewoldt & Tom Lynch

It's a battle of the heavyweight key forwards. The Tigers pair have combined for 33 goals in the eight games they've played together (average of 4.1), while the Eagles have kicked 88 goals from 18 games (average of 4.8).

It’s a big week for: Damien Hardwick

Richmond has selection issues aplenty, and all of the good kind. Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin are set to return to a side that's won seven games straight. The Eagles also pose one of the Tigers' biggest challenges of the year.

Big call: Luke Shuey will relish a return to the ground that yielded a Norm Smith Medal, dominating the stoppages and finishing with nine clearances.

Prediction: Eagles by 13 points