Where and when: Metricon Stadium. Thursday, September 17 (5.10pm AWST)
TV: Live on 7mate, Fox Footy, Kayo and the official AFL app
What it means for the Eagles: West Coast can keep its top four dreams alive with a win over North Melbourne tonight. If the Eagles register a win against the Roos, they could snatch a coveted double chance if Richmond succumb to Adelaide or Geelong slips up against Sydney. Even if those results don’t go their way, Adam Simpson’s men will want to take winning form into their first final.
The stat: Josh Kennedy will be chasing his third consecutive haul of seven goals against North Melbourne when he takes to Metricon Stadium tonight. West Coast’s marquee forward has bagged seven of the best in his past two outings against the Roos (Round 1, 2017 and Round 19, 2019).
The match-up: Dom Sheed v Jed Anderson
This week’s key match-up pits West Coast’s Kalgoorlie kid against North Melbourne’s hero of the Katherine. Sheed, who returns after missing last week’s thrilling win over St Kilda, will be eager to build some momentum ahead of a finals push, and what better way to do that than going toe-to-toe with the Kangaroos’ ball magnet, Anderson? Both players thrive on winning contested possessions – Sheed averages 9.8 hard ball gets per game to Anderson’s 9.57 – and they will no doubt clash in the centre of the ground this evening. If Sheed wins the Sherrin more than Anderson he could very well help the Eagles skip past the Roos.
It’s a big week for: Luke Foley
West Coast’s eighth debutant of season 2020 will be eager to impress in his maiden AFL outing. By taking the field tonight, Foley remarkably becomes the final player of West Coast’s 2018 AFL Draft class to don the club's revered wings, following on from Xavier O’Neill, Bailey Williams, Jarrod Cameron, Harry Edwards and Josh Smith.
Tommy Coleman is at it again!— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) September 12, 2020
He's charged up to 216th in the Coleman medal race! pic.twitter.com/MjTRpcYZkY
Big call: Tom Cole reels in a season-high eight marks and keeps his goal-kicking streak alive with a fourth major in as many weeks.