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West Coast Eagles vs Gold Coast Suns Tips - Overs tipped for total points

  • West Coast vs Gold Coast predictions for Sunday's AFL Round 1 match
  • The Eagles host the Suns at Optus Stadium
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The West Coast Eagles host the Gold Coast Suns in the last Round 1 fixture for the 2021 season. (Getty) Staff 21 Mar 2021
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West Coast Eagles vs Gold Coast Suns Tips

The Suns proved last year that they were no easy beats, especially early in the season which included an upset victory over West Coast in Round 2, but it is expected that the more experienced Eagles will prevail at home here.

With many high scoring encounters between these two sides in the past, our main play will be in the Total Match Points market where the Over 172.5 makes appeal ($1.91 @ bet365).

  • West Coast Eagles have scored over 100 points in 6 of their last 10 clashes against the Gold Coast Suns.
  • West Coast Eagles' Josh Kennedy has kicked 43 goals in 10 matches against Gold Coast Suns.
  • Gold Coast Suns have never beaten West Coast Eagles in Perth.
  • Nine of the Gold Coast's last 11 day matches have gone over the total match points line.
  • Alex Sexton has kicked 3+ goals in 3 of Gold Coast Suns' last 4 matches.

Head to Head

From their last 10 clashes, West Coast lead the head to head battle 7-2 overall with the other clash resulting in a draw in Round 18, 2015.

Gold Coast defeated West Coast by four points in Round 2 last year, which was the last time these two sides met.

West Coast Eagles Form

With an exit in the first week of the finals last year, the Eagles will be disappointed with that campaign given they had one of the more experienced and talented lists in the competition.

But they just never settled into hub life before a surge in the second half of the home and away season.

Warming up to this return with a 10-point pre season victory over Fremantle Dockers in the Community Series, West Coast have a strong team assembled for this Sunday despite some obvious omissions.

West Coast Eagles Team News

The Eagles have some key outs early in the season with Mark Hutchings, Luke Shuey, Jake Waterman, Bailey Williams and Elliot Yeo all unavailable for Round 1.

West Coast Eagles Team List

B: S.Hurn, T.Barrass, B.Sheppard
HB: T.Cole, J.McGovern, J.Nelson
C: L.Duggan, D.Sheed, J.Redden
HF: X.O’Neill, J.Darling, J.Cripps
F: L.Ryan, J.Kennedy, O.Allen
FOLL: N.Naitanui, T.Kelly, A.Gaff
I/C: Z.Langdon, N.Vardy, J.Petruccelle, J.Rotham
EMG: J.Brander, A.Witherden, J.Jones, B.Ah Chee

Gold Coast Suns Form

While they did taper off as the season wore on, Gold Coast exceeded many early expectations in 2020.

They recorded five wins overall after many predictions had them going winless. Now, there's no doubting the high amount of young talent on this Suns list.

Coach Stewart Dew has been trying to implement that good balance between attack and defence with this young group, however, they did look far more comfortable last season when they played a faster brand of footy.

In preparation for this opener, the Suns were beaten 117-89 by Brisbane Lions in the Community Series.

Gold Coast Suns Team News

Fringe Richmond half-back Oleg Markov has joined the Gold Coast, with far more opportunites available up north than with the reigning premiers. He has been selected to play in Round 1.

With what looks very close to their best 25 players for Sunday, the Suns go in with a decent bill of health.

Gold Coast Suns Team List

B: C.Budarick, S.Collins, S.Lemmens
HB: W.Powell, C.Ballard, O.Markov
C: O.Markov, H.Greenwood, J.Lukosius
HF: D.Swallow, S.Day, L.Weller
F: I.Rankine, B.King, D.MacPherson
FOLL: J.Witts, M.Rowell, T.Miller
I/C: N.Anderson, J.Bowes, W.Brodie, A.Sexton W.Powell, C.Graham, A.Sexton
EMER: C.Burgess, C.Graham, J.Harbrow, N.Holman

West Coast Eagles vs Gold Coast Suns FAQs

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Where is the West Coast Eagles vs Gold Coast Suns match being played?

The game is being played at Optus Stadium on Sunday, March 21.



Considering the many high scoring encounters between these two sides over the years and given the open nature of Round 1, our main tip will be in the Total Match Points market where the Over 172.5 points makes some appeal.

Best Bet: Over 172.5 Total Match Points @-109.89 at BetMGM - 5 Units

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