Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse on the West Coast, they have. With just 20 players to fill a squad, the Eagles will get a football education from the flying Brisbane Lions in Round 8 of the AFL season. It’s going to be a slippery encounter on the Gabba, so pack your raincoat!
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Brisbane vs West Coast Betting Tips
Gabba, Saturday May 7, 19:25 (AEST)
Injuries: Joe Daniher (out), Eric Hipwood, Kai Lohmann, Jaxon Prior
Brisbane top goalscorer Joe Daniher will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury, joining key striker Hipwood on the sidelines.
Brisbane proved their worth with a convincing victory over Sydney in uncharted territory, confirming their status as a contender for the presidency in 2022. The Lions have stars in every line, and Lachie Neale is back in the dazzling form that earned him a Brownlow medal. Four wins out of the last five is a solid line of form and West Coast have posed a bit of a challenge in recent meetings. This game is likely to turn into a training run, so it will be interesting to see how the home team approaches the contest. With no players rested from the starting side, will we see any late changes or wacky tactics from Chris Fagan?
Injuries: Oscar Allen, Tom Cole, Campbell Chesser, Luke Edwards, Brady Hough, Tom Joyce, Zac Langdon, Nic Naitanui, Wilie Rioli (out), Xavier O’Neill (out), Dom Sheed, Bailey Williams, Elliot Yeo, Luke Shuey (out), Alex Witherden (H and S), Greg Clark (H and S), Jackson Nelson (H and S), Luke Strnadica (H and S)
It’s a dire situation on the West Coast with almost an entire team of players missing, some injured and some through the COVID protocols.
The nightmare seemingly will never end for West Coast, who travel to Brisbane following a 100+ point loss to the Tigers. By far, the Eagles are the worst team in the competition right now, and it will probably be mid-season before there is any kind of change. If there is any silver lining, some young players are being identified and developed, however this is not the way you want to bleed inexperienced talent.
This match is simply a question of Brisbane by how many. The line is currently -71.5 for the Lions, a huge number, which adds some difficulty in making a prediction here. Another question mark is the weather: rain is expected to fall heavily on Saturday in Brisbane and the margin is likely to be limited if the game is heavily affected by conditions.
Despite that risk, I’m going with the Lions on the line here.
$1.90 (2 Units)
With Joe Daniher going down and Eric Hipwood out the side, McStay is the Lions’ key target going forward. Conditions may not end up being right for the big man, but he kicked three last week and, if he stays dry, he should drive it again this Saturday.
Daniel McStay 3+ goals (1.95 on TAB)
McCluggage has been injected into the core rebounding team in recent weeks and has posted 25-plus eliminations three times this season. He should feast on a weakened West Coast midfield today.
Hugh McCluggage 25+ disposals ($1.95 at TAB)
Known for feasting on explosive fights, McCarthy is set for a big day here. Playing his usual role as a midfielder, he must kick goals and collect the ball, collecting it 15 times in the process.
Lincoln McCarthy 15+ disposals ($1.80 at TAB)