Coasts Collide In The Golden State
August 29, 2014
By the time Gold Coast and West Coast play their round 23 AFL fixture on Sunday both sides may already know their finals fate. If Richmond upset the Swans in Sydney both the Coasts’ seasons are over, but if the Tigers are tamed the winner of this match could play finals footy. Luxbet the firm that offer new customers up to 500 dollars in bonus has Gold Coast at a tick over $50 to make the 8, while West Coast are slightly under evens.
These 2 sides are level on points but the Suns inferior percentage to all of their finals rivals makes them very unlikely to feature in September. Still the hosts have had their best campaign since joining the competition in 2011. Led by superstar Gary Ablett the Suns have won 10 games this season and even if they don’t make the 8 victory would give Gold Coast a respectable 11 and 11 win loss record for 2014. Despite playing at home their outsiders to overcome the Eagles but Metricon may lift their team to one more big home performance.
The bookies believe Richmond will lose to Sydney and the Eagles are in prime position to swoop into the coveted 8th spot. They have the best scoring percentage of the 4 sides still vying for the final play off position. West Coast has won 3 of its last 4 games but a narrow 3 point loss to Essendon in round 21 may be the difference between playing and not playing next week. The Eagles bounced back from that loss with a big win over Melbourne and will be hoping to finish their regular season on a high no matter what happens elsewhere.
West Coast beat the Suns in a thriller in June, with a heart stopping 3 point win at Subiaco Oval and even if it turns out these 2 have nothing to play for we could still be in for another close encounter on Sunday.