West Coast Eagles 2019 AFL Season Preview & Analysis
Can the reigning premiers push for back-to-back flags? Or will see a decline with an absent Nic Naitanui?
West Coast Eagles
Finished in 2018: Premiers (19 wins, 6 losses)
Key ins: Tom Hickey (St Kilda)
Draft Picks: Xavier O’Neill (#28) Luke Foley (#31) Bailey Williams (#35) Jarrod Cameron (#39)
Key outs: Nic Naitanui (injured) Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide) Mark LeCras (retired) Eric Mackenzie (retired)
Coach: Adam Simpson
Captain(s): Shannon Hurn
Playing AFLX: Andrew Gaff (Bolts) Lewis Jetta (Deadly) Willie Rioli (Deadly)
Summary: The West Coast Eagles will still be flying high from their stunning premiership season, which began with an eight-goal loss to the Swans at Optus Stadium but ended on the last day in September with the club’s fourth premiership cup. As much as $67 before the season started, the Eagles defied the experts to take all before them last season and are hard to lineup this season without a genuine ruckman.
Tragically Nic Naitanui will miss the majority of the season and Scott Lycett has departed the club meaning the elite Eagles midfield may not have it as easy. They obviously have a great home advantage at Optus Stadium and will be there about once again but we think we may see a digression in 2019 from the reigning premiers.
Key stat: West Coast ranked #1 for total kicks in 2018 and had the equal best ranking against the line (17-8) covering 68% of the time.
Round 1: Brisbane vs. West Coast @ Gabba – Saturday, March 23 – 07:20 PM
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Best Brownlow Hope: Andrew Gaff
Prediction: Under 14.5 wins @ $1.80* with Sportsbet
*Odds are correct as of time of publishing