Battle Of The Unbeaten

Source: Hearald Sun/heraldsun.com.au
The Cats host another undefeated side, West Coast, on Saturday night. Source: Herald Sun/heraldsun.com.au

GEELONG v WEST COAST

Simonds Stadium, Saturday April 12, 7:40pm (AEST)

Why watch?

Two of the three remaining unbeaten teams clash in a top-of-the-table match under lights at Geelong. The Cats haven't set the world on fire so far, but do still have three workmanlike victories and a confident Eagles side will be their biggest test of the season. West Coast have been the big improvers on last season with three pretty comfortable wins, although last week's effort against St Kilda wasn't as easy as many thought it would be. They have a potent attack and a star-laden midfield even though a few of their stars will be missing.

Match notes

- Taylor Hunt is available after serving a one-match suspension
- Corey Enright is racing the clock to be fit due to his ankle problem
- Geelong have made four late changes to their selected sides this season
- Luke Shuey will miss after accepting a one-match ban for striking
- Dean Cox will break the Eagles games record when he runs out for the 277th time

Say what?

"It's one of those tough ones where it's hard to give an update on where he is at," Scott said on Tuesday about the fitness of Enright. "Obviously, he is better than what he was on the weekend and he was quite close to playing so that's a good sign. Our medicos have been pretty clear that this is the type of injury that can get pretty good pretty quickly, but the last 10 per cent can take a long time.

Key injuries

Allen Christensen (back) - 6-7 weeks
Corey Enright (ankle) - test
Shane Kersten (knee) - 7-8 weeks
Daniel Menzel (knee) - indefinite
Steven Motlop (knee) - 2-4 weeks
Billie Smedts (bone bruising) - 1 week
Nathan Vardy (ACL) - season

Shannon Hurn (knee) - 4-5 weeks
Mark LeCras (arm) - 4-5 weeks
Chris Masten (hamstring) - 2-3 weeks
Scott Selwood (ankle) - test
Luke Shuey (suspended) - Round 5 return
Beau Waters (shoulder) - season

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)

Geelong
W 16 Port Adelaide
L 5 Hawthorn
W 38 Adelaide
W 25 Brisbane Lions
W 11 Collingwood

West Coast
L 62 Collingwood
L 86 Adelaide
W 65 Western Bulldogs
W 93 Melbourne
W 25 St Kilda

Last 5 between clubs

Geel-WC-Geel-WC-Geel

Fantasy factoid

Joel Selwood has started the season spectacularly with an average of 30 touches and eight tackles per game. He rarely has a bad game and will relish coming up against younger brother.

Cold hard fact

Geelong have lost just two of their past 46 games at their home ground.

Final Word

A genuine early season blockbuster with two in-form teams coming up against each other. Granted both sides haven't beaten any of the top sides, but they are still undefeated nonetheless. If West Coast had a full team you could make a big case for them, but without Mark LeCras, Chris Masten and Luke Shuey it's hard to see them pulling off a victory. Geelong love playing on their home patch and should be too strong.

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