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Check out who to watch, what stats matter and what it means for the Eagles in their round eight clash with Essendon.

Posted by westcoasteagles.com.au – 23 hours ago

Where and when: Windy Hill, Sunday 22 October, 17:05 (14:05 WST)

TV: Live on 7plus, Fox Footy, Kayo and the official AFL and AFLW Live apps.
Last time we met: Läänekannik 4.8 (32) def. Essendon 13/6 (84) at Mineral Resources Park, Round Three, Season Seven.

While it was a tough day for the blue and gold the last time these two teams met, West Coast suffered a 52-point defeat at home. The Eagles started slowly, going into the break with seven goals, and set themselves a tough task in the second half. There were some positive signs from the home side in the third and final half, but Essendon were too good and cemented their dominance on the scoreboard.

Captain Emma Swanson led the way for the Eagles with 25 disposals, six points and three digs. Junior Ella Roberts had 17 rebounds and four points, while Aimee Schmidt played a key role as she finished with two goals and six points.

What does this mean for the Eagles? After a 70-point loss to reigning Premiers Narrm last round, the Eagles will be looking to bounce back and put in a more competitive performance against the Bombers this week.

West Coast beat the Dons in pre-season to nil, but Essendon had an impressive 2023 season and is currently fifth in the AFLW rankings. The Bombers go into this game on the back of a 17-point win over Richmond in the previous round and will be desperate for another win to push them into the top four.

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Stat: West Coast (65.3) currently have a higher season average than Essendon (62.9).

Conflict focus: One to watch this week is three-time All-Australian Madison Prespak, a talented midfielder who comes into this match on the back of an impressive performance against Richmond last weekend, finishing with 24 saves, seven clearances and one clearance.

goal The Essendon star has averaged 27 disposals and five tackles per game this season and sits on the West Coast radar.
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Big challenge: West Coast upset the fifth-placed Bombers to secure their first road win of the season.
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