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West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers Tips - Eagles to win Western Derby

  • West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers predictions for Sunday's AFL Round 7 match
  • The game is being played at Optus Stadium (07.40am BST)
  • The Eagles have won the last 10 Western derbies
  • West Coast are tipped to win with Josh Kennedy backed for goals
  • Preview, stats, team news & predictions are below
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The Western Derby takes place at Optus Stadium. (Getty)
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West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers Tips


The Western Derby is the last fixture in Round 7 and it could well be a season defining game for both teams.

The Eagles aiming to bounce back from a heavy defeat to Geelong Cats, whereas the Dockers will be looking to land a fifth win and solidify their position firmly in the Top 8.

Given there record in the derby, West Coast are backed to redeem themselves and cover the -4.5 line.

  • West Coast Eagles have covered the line in 5 of their last 6 matches following a loss.
  • West Coast Eagles have won the last 10 Western derbies against Fremantle Dockers.
  • West Coast Eagles' Josh Kennedy has kicked 3+ goals in each of his last 6 clashes against the  Fremantle Dockers

Head to Head


From their last 10 clashes, it is a clean sweep for West Coast who lead the head to head battle 10-0.

West Coast defeated Fremantle by 30 points in Round 7 last year, which was the last time these two sides met.

West Coast Eagles Form


Venturing to Geelong looked the last thing the Eagles wanted last week, comfortably going down to the Cats to the tune of 97 points.

For now, we'll give them a mulligan for that performance given Geelong's general domination on their home deck.

Barring a second half relapse against the Saints in Round 4, the Eagles have looked a genuine contender.

They'll be looking for a return to their aerial dominance against the Dockers on Sunday, controlling the ball and using the three-pronged tall forward line of Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling and Oscar Allen to full effect.

West Coast Eagles Team News


While key defender Jeremy McGovern will be a big omission after sustaining an injured groin, the Eagles will likely welcome back veteran defender Shannon Hurn, star full-forward Josh Kennedy and the speedy Jack Petrucelle.

West Coast Eagles Team List


The West Coast team list is yet to be released.

Fremantle Dockers Form


As was evident late last season, Fremantle are improving steadily and the Dockers currently sit in 6th position on the ladder with a 4-2 record so far in 2021.

The main knock against the Dockers is the very soft fixture list they've had to date, defeating North Melbourne, Adelaide and Hawthorn via their last three fixtures with none of those teams expected to be near the top eight this season.

With a talented young midfield coming together through the likes of Brayshaw, Serong and Treacy while still being supported by star veterans in Fyfe and Mundy, the Dockers have enough firepower through the middle.

Fremantle Dockers Team News


Key defender Brennan Cox faces a fitness test ahead of Round 7 after tweaking an ankle in last Saturday's match against North Melbourne.

With fellow key defenders in Joel Hamling (ankle) and Alex Pearce (knee) still a fortnight away, the availability of Cox will be crucial given the depth of tall forwards for West Coast.

Fremantle Dockers Team List


The Fremantle team list is yet to be released.

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Verdict

There's a lot riding on Sunday's Derby for West Coast where they'll be keen to bounce back and keep in touch with the Top 4.

Josh Kennedy can stretch an undersized Dockers defence, a team he consistently kicks a bag against.

Best Bet: West Coast -4.5 @-111.11 at Unibet - 4 Units
Value Bet: Josh Kennedy To Kick 5+ Goals @675.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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