Sydney Swans And West Coast Eagles Set To Resume Hostilities
February 25, 2014
Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles will resume their thrilling rivalry this Thursday, when the two sides meet in the NAB Challenge.
Created following two epic AFL Grand Finals between the two sides in 2005 and 2006, the Sydney-West Coast rivalry has been one of the most exciting things to happen in the AFL in recent years.
And Sportingbet have installed the Swans as 1.41 favourites to see off their modern-day rivals, while the Eagles are priced at 2.90 to triumph.
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Sydney Swans go into the game full of confidence – after blitzing through their other main rivals, Greater Western Sydney, by a 40-point margin in their other NAB Challenge fixture. Star man Tom Mitchell kicked two goals and dominated with 34 possessions – as he helped his side to a 2.15.7 (115) to 0.11.9 (75) win.
Meanwhile, West Coast’s new look side will also be boosted by their one-sided demolition of Westery Derby rivals Fremantle in their previous outing. The Eagles thumped last year’s runners-up by a resounding 84 points – as 14 different Eagles players scored in their impressive 2-20-10 (148) to 10-4 (64) victory.
After sitting out the last game, marquee recruit Lance Franklin is scheduled to make his Sydney Swans debut in this game – as coach John Longmire indicated the former Hawthorns forward would be involved, along with some other key players rested in that win.
Speaking after the Greater Western Sydney game, Longmire told the Sydney Morning Herald: “We expect, at this stage, (Mike) Pyke, Franklin, (Lewis) Roberts-Thomson (and) Lewis Jetta to come back into the team and to get some game time.
“They got through training (and) trained well. So, if they get through training over the weekend and next week, they’ll all play.”
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