West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle - AFL - Betting Tips 13-04-2019
Western Derbies are always fierce, and this week’s derby will be particularly big given what’s on the line. West Coast and Fremantle have both started the season with two wins and one loss, and the winner of Saturday night’s game can entrench themselves in the top four.
West Coast v Fremantle AFL Preview
West Coast didn’t miss a beat in their win over Collingwood in the grand final rematch last weekend. Andrew Gaff fit seamlessly into the midfield in his first match back after serving an eight-match suspension for breaking Andrew Brayshaw’s jaw in the Western Derby late last season. Gaff had 35 touches, while premiership hero Dom Sheed had 24 touches and kicked three goals.
Fremantle are ahead of West Coast on percentage, but have benefitted from an easier fixture so far. The Dockers would have been happy to come out with a win against St Kilda on Sunday, and may well have lost had the match gone for another couple of minutes. They’ll be sweating on the fitness of superstar Nat Fyfe, who was knocked out against the Saints, and star forward Jesse Hogan.
“Internally it’s not really. For fans of Freo and West Coast its a great week. You prepare the same, nothing changes.” Luke Shuey on Derby week pic.twitter.com/t40IStbIKX— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) 8 April 2019
West Coast v Fremantle Betting Tips
West Coast have won the last seven derbies by an average of 34.3 points. They’ve managed to score freely against the Dockers all this time despite Freo’s focus on defence. Fremantle have opened up their game style this year, and while it’s helped them beat lower teams like St Kilda and North Melbourne, it might put them at risk against the Eagles. PointsBet is paying 2.08 for West Coast to win by 40, with the Eagles starting at -34.5 in line betting.
West Coast are averaging 87 points per game and the Dockers are averaging 90 points per game, for a combined 177 points. Interestingly, Unibet is offering 1.90 odds on a combined total of 159 points or more on what should be a free-flowing game at Optus Stadium.