North Melbourne travel to West Coast, as the basement dwellers battle it out
West Coast Eagles host North Melbourne, with both sides eager to avoid wooden spoon ignominy
- With just 3 wins between them, it has been a rough season for West Coast and North Melbourne.
- The Eagles are swept away in management speculation and have just one win on the board this term.
- North Melbourne’s two wins came in the first two game weeks, and they have been abject since.
- Game week 20 sees the two sides face off at Optus Stadium, in a potential wooden spoon decider.
Fans of both the West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne will just be praying for the 2023 AFL season to end.
The West Coast Eagles have been at the bottom of the table since the start of the campaign, making them wooden spoon favourites with many AFL betting sites.
North Melbourne meanwhile have endured management issues throughout the campaign and are on a remarkable 17 game losing run.
The two sides face off in game week 20, with pride and respect very much on the line, as they both look to avoid the wooden spoon.
End of an era at West Coast?
Speculation has reigned in recent weeks that head coach Adam Simpson will leave the West Coast Eagles at the end of the 2023 AFL season.
The Eagles have won just one game this term and most AFL betting apps often have them at huge odds just to win a game.
Performances are certainly not on the up but this game against North Melbourne could provide a tonic.
Whether or not it is enough to save Adam Simpson remains to be seen but the West Coast Eagles are $2.12 with BoomBet to win this one.
Too little, too late for North Melbourne
Winning their opening two matches proved to be the ultimate false dawn for North Melbourne.
The appointment of Alistair Clarkson at the helm backfired massively and now North Melbourne are a side in disarray too.
There is nothing that would suggest North Melbourne are well placed to challenge here but they are the favourites for the win at $1.8 with Bet365.
No classic expected
With both the West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne only managing to muster up three wins between them this term, a classic does not look on the cards.
However, for what the game may lack in quality, plenty of heart, battle and fight will be expected for both sides – who are very much playing for pride.
Defensively, both sides have struggled this season, meaning this one could see plenty of points registered from both teams.
West Coast Eagles vs North Melbourne to see over 170.5 points within the game is a rather healthy $1.95 with PlayUp.