Melbourne Demons v West Coast Eagles Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Eagles can continue momentum towards finals

Trent Orwin 16 Jul 2019
  • Melbourne host the West Coast Eagles in Alice Springs
  • Here is our Round 18 match preview

Melbourne host the West Coast Eagles in their Round 18 clash at TIO Traegar Park on Sunday. 

The first bounce will take place at 3:20pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Channel 7 and Fox Sports 3.

Match Preview


Melbourne’s woeful season continued with a loss to the Western Bulldogs last round. The West Coast Eagles suffered a defeat at home by a single point against Collingwood. Melbourne are 16th with a 5-11 record, while West Coast have a reverse record of 11-5 and fourth on the ladder. 

The two teams met in Round 9 at Optus Stadium with the Eagles winning by 16 points. The Dees were inaccurate kicking 15 behinds from 24 scoring attempts. 

At present, the Eagles are obviously the better team by quite a margin, showing form that is good enough to win a second consecutive premiership. Andrew Gaff and Elliot Yeo remain star players for the Eagles, while centre half forward Jack Darling is in stellar form. He has kicked 39 for the season and his past month has been excellent. 

The Eagles defence isn’t easy to overcome with intercept markers in the form of Jeremy McGovern (3.7 per game), Tom Barrass (2.7) and skipper Shannon Hurn (2.3). Hurn has the fifth most kicks in the league with 288 for the season. 

Melbourne will need more out of Angus Brayshaw who has had two average games of 15 and 12 disposals respectively against the Blues and Bulldogs. 

Team News


Melbourne – No serious injuries to worry about this week. It will depend whether the selection axe swings.

West Coast Eagles – Ruckman Nic Naitanui is injured and will miss significant time. Jamie Cripps will also miss some games. Jack Petruccelle could earn a recall, along with Will Schofield.  

Match Odds


Melbourne $2.75
West Coast Eagles $1.45

* Correct at time of writing


  • Last 5: West Coast Eagles 3, Melbourne 2
  • R9, 2019: West Coast Eagles 13.7 (85) def. Melbourne 9.15 (69)
  • The Demons average nine more inside 50s per game
  • 47-39 hit out advantage in favour of Melbourne

Prediction and Tips


The Eagles are spot on to make a run for back-to-back premierships and can account for the Dees by more than 15 points. 



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