2020 AFL – West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne taking place? Sunday 22nd March, 2020 – 07:20 (UK) / 15:20 (local)

Where is West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne taking place? Optus Stadium, Perth

What television channel is West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne on? In the UK, five matches each week will be televised on BT Sport and you can see their schedule here. For the TV channel in Australia, visit this link

Where can I stream West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne? If the match is televised in the UK, then BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream it live via BT Sport Player. Additionally, those with a Watch AFL subscription can stream any 2020 AFL match live (outside of Australia). Those in Australia can stream any match live via AFL Live Pass

Where can I get tickets for West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

WEST COAST EAGLES

  • West Coast Eagles blew the chance of a second chance in the play-offs by finishing in the top four and that ultimately came back to haunt them as they were eliminated in the second week of the finals.
  • The Eagles missed out on a top four berth due to a lower percentage than Collingwood after they lost their final two matches of the regular season and despite beating Essendon in their first play-off game, they were subsequently knocked out by Geelong the following week.
  • Star forward Jack Darling was a big doubt for this game with a cheekbone injury but he has been named in the line-up and will feature alongside Tim Kelly following his big off-season move from Geelong.

MELBOURNE

  • Melbourne endured a poor campaign in 2019 and they ended with just one team below them in the ladder with huge improvements needed this time around if they are to avoid a similar fate.
  • The Demons lost their final seven matches of the year and will have that form hanging over them ahead of this season opener with the Melbourne side desperate to end their losing streak as quickly as possible.
  • Melbourne have opted to name the 12th overall pick in the draft in their side with Kysaiah Pickett debuting alongside Toby Bedford who failed to feature last season, and they will be joined by a further four new faces.

THE PREDICTION

West Coast Eagles could have mounted a challenge for the Grand Final last season but their inability to end the year in the top four prevented them from earning a second chance in the finals. They will get this new campaign underway with a home game against a Melbourne side that lost their last seven matches of last season and will find it tough going to end that run. The Eagles were good on home soil last season, winning eight of their 11 matches and they should be able to get 2020 off to a strong start with a comfortable win here.

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