Highly significant matches – vitally important for both West Coast and Adelaide – will take place in Queensland this weekend.
The Eagles suffered a disastrous start to the club’s stay in a sunshine state quarantine hub when thrashed by Gold Coast – long odds outsiders – when the AFL resumed with round two.
Worse still the side is listed to meet Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday.
Now a respected force in the competition the Lions had a scare and were not particularly convincing in beating Fremantle – another quarantine team hub club – last Saturday but can definitely improve.
As usual Charlie Cameron, with four goals, was a danger and will be again while the West Coast defence will have trouble coping with fellow forward Oscar McInerney.
Captain Dayne Zorko and prolific possession winner Lachie Neale will also present problems around the ground for the Eagles, who played like unhappy little boys against Gold Coast.
Unless the West Coast players can strengthen their character and bolster their resolve in the space of seven days another disturbing defeat is looming.
The Suns, who ended a 19-game losing streak in upsetting the West Coast by 44 points in round two, now go into an encounter against Adelaide at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.
The confidence of the Gold Coast players will certainly be lifted by the victory, especially as newcomers Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson, who have fitted easily into the side, made very valuable contributions.
An 18-year-old draftee Rowell was best on ground while Anderson, a fellow second-gamer, played his part.
In addition captain Jarrod Witts was able to handle Eagles super star ruckman Nic Naitanui and Lachie Weller was a constant motivator with 24 possessions.
Witts and Weller are always reliable and that should present problems for West Coast.
With David Swallow and Brandon Ellis back this week Gold Coast should be able to overcome the Crows, who went down by 75 points to Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.
It was Port’s highest winning margin and the 5.5 was the lowest score the Crows have kicked in 48 “showdown” clashes.
Taking into account that drubbing and the fact Adelaide’s players have gone into a Gold Coast quarantine hub this week the Suns can be expected to notch another win.
Last Week Tipped: 2
2020 Total: 7
Richmond by 28pts
GWS Giants by 30pts
North Melbourne by 15pts
Collingwood by 16pts
Geelong by 23pts
Brisbane by 30pts
Gold Coast by 31pts
Essendon by 17pts
Port Adelaide by 32pts