Geelong Cats v West Coast Eagles Semi Final Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Bye bye premiers or straight sets for Geelong?

Adam Cusworth 10 Sep 2019
  • The Cats and the Eagles feature in the opening match of the AFL Semi Finals. 
  • Here is our preview of the Friday night MCG clash. 

The AFL Semi Final weekend gets underway with what shapes as another huge clash at the MCG as Geelong take on West Coast on Friday September 13. 

First bounce is at 7.50PM and it is West Coast that have been posted as slight favourites for the sudden death encounter.  

Match Preview


Despite their slight underdog status, Geelong came away with more regular season wins than the West Coast Eagles. The Cats finished on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season, registering 16 victories, while West Coast ended in 5th position with 15 wins to their credit. 

However, those records count for little in finals and in week one it was it was Geelong that lined up at the MCG against Collingwood in the first of the Qualifying Finals. They went down by 10 points in that game after a slow start proved to be costly 

A night earlier, West Coast thumped Essendon in the first of the Elimination Finals, taking out the Bombers by 65 points. Josh Kennedy and Jamie Cripps booted four goals each for the winners in that clash, while Luke Shuey and Elliot Yeo were amongst some of the other players that starred for the 2018 premiers. 

Kennedy and Jack Darling will be a couple of the key players for West Coast. That pair have combined for 104 goals this season and sit in the top seven players for total goals. Tom Stewart was one of Geelong's best last weekend and will likely play on one of that pair, with Harry Taylor a likely match up for the other. 

The Eagles will look to get on top in the aerial duels both in their forward line and at the other end with Jeremy McGovern and Shannon Hurn likely to be influential in defensive 50. 

Geelong's coach, Chris Scott, will need to ensure his side get off to a better start, while he will need more from some of his big name players. Patrick Dangerfield was excellent against Collingwood, while Tim Kelly found a bit of the footy but was wasteful at times. Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood were quiet early on before coming into it late. 

The winner of this game will keep their dream alive and take on Richmond in the First Preliminary Final on Friday September 20, while the loser can kiss goodbye to their 2019 campaign. 

Selection News


Geelong's Mitch Duncan is highly unlikely to take on West Coast after injuring his knee in the loss to Collingwood. His absence will hurt Geelong's midfield. Jed Bews (ankle) and Gary Rohan (hamstring) were assessed during the Magpies game and will be monitored at training. Jordan Clark is a chance to return for Geelong. 

West Coast's Jackson Nelson suffered a head knock in the win over Essendon but is expected to be ok. The Eagles have few players on their injury list and Nic Natanui made a successful return from an extended absence in the win over Essendon. 

Match Odds


Geelong Cats $2.10
West Coast Eagles $1.72

*correct at the time of writing


Stats


The two sides last met in Round 6 this season at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong and it was the Cats that thumped the Eagles by 58 points in the only clash between the two sides this year. West Coast have won two of the past three between the sides but those wins were in Perth. 

Geelong also enjoy an excellent record over the Eagles in Victoria, winning their past seven, including the 2011 Preliminary Final at the MCG by 48 points.  

Prediction and Tips


West Coast will be too good. 





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