After defeating reigning premiers Richmond on Sunday, West Coast are now one game clear, on top of the ladder. The Eagles are now sitting on eight straight wins, a feat they have not been able to achieve since 2004. If they do win a ninth game in a row, it will be the first time since 1991. The season has been the opposite for Fremantle who currently sit in 12th spot, with more losses than wins. But both teams will go into round 10 as favourites.
Four points clear at the top after round nine!
We see you @WestCoastEagles 👀
— AFL (@AFL) May 21, 2018
Hawthorn Vs West Coast Eagles
Sunday 11:10AM WST Etihad stadium
The Hawks are a long way away from the side when they won three flags between 2013 and 15.
They sit just outside the eight and are coming off a humiliating 56-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba last weekend.
They will see some familiar faces come back into the side, including Jeager O’Meara, James Frawley and Ryan Schoenmakers.
Kaiden Brand and James Worpel have been omitted.
They will also be without fan-favorite Cyril Rioli, who will be out for another three weeks because of a hamstring injury.
Tom Mitchell has been the standout for Hawks, and will provide a big challenge for Andrew Gaff, who leads the competition with an average 35 possessions per game.
But the real talking point for The Eagles is the oustanding form of Jack Darling.
🔥🔥 MAN ON FIRE 🔥🔥
Watch the best of Jack Darling's game yesterday. pic.twitter.com/GcOOtyoeAK
— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) May 21, 2018
The star forward sits second in the race for the Coleman Medal, with 28 goals. He also leads the league for contested marks and sits third for total marks.
Darling finished last week with a career-best six goals, from 20 kicks.
Despite betting agencies not considering him a chance for the Brownlow Medal, his from and stats say otherwise.
West Coast will go into the game with an almost unchanged squad.
Jarrod Brander and Matthew Allen have been named in the squad and, if chosen, would make their AFL debuts.
Prediction: This is the Eagles’ game to lose, which is unlikely. West Coast by 18 points.
Fremantle Dockers Vs North Melbourne
Sunday 2:40PM WST Optus Stadium
North Melbourne are flirting with form so far this season and will go into round ten sitting in 7th position on the AFL ladder.
Coleman Medal leader Ben Brown is the danger man, especially after leading his side to a 43-point win over GWS last week.
Fremantle will be looking to make the most of their home ground advantage.
The Dockers have not had the start to the season they hoped for, losing five of their first nine games.
Fresh off a 59-point defeat by Sydney, they will be hoping to give fans a fifth home victory.
The side will be almost unchanged, except for Stefan Giro coming in for Mitchell Crowden.
As usual, 2015 Brownlow Medal winner Nat Fyfe is in spectacular form, averaging 31 disposals.
The Lake Grace boy is favourite for the Brownlow again, ahead of last year’s winner Dustin Martin.
As it stands, the Kangaroos will give Ben Jacobs the huge task of tagging the superstar.
Prediction: Despite Freo having the home ground advantage, it wont stop North. Kangaroos by five points.
We asked the public for their tips.