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2021 AFL preview: West Coast Eagles team guide

Can West Coast regain their mantle as premiership favourites after being bundled out last year in the first week of the finals?

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The Eagles were rated the premiership favourites early in the 2020 season. But they struggled to adapt to life in the COVID-19 bubble. They were ousted from the finals in week one in a massive upset defeat to Collingwood.

West Coast have one of the best home ground advantages in the competition in Perth and it would surprise if they weren't challenging for the top four once more in 2021.

With All-Australian ruckman Nic Naitanui back at the helm and Tim Kelly in his second year at the club, expect West Coast to push for another shot at the flag.

How to watch West Coast Eagles AFL matches

When it comes to viewing AFL, Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass are all showing games in 2021. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.

West Coast and Fremantle matches are shown in Western Australia on either 7 or 7mate. But a number of huge matches involving interstate sides – Hawthorn vs Richmond in round two for example – are not on free-to-air television.

The only way to ensure you have access to every game is through Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. Kayo is easily the most cost effective. A Basic subscription starts from $25 a month for use on two devices. For $35 a month you get a Premium subscription and a third screen.

On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 sports. Kayo also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.

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Watch West Coast Eagles matches overseas

If you are out of Australia during the season, you don't need to miss a minute of the AFL action. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.

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Travelling abroad? Watch the entire AFL season live from Watch AFL

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When do West Coast Eagles play next?

West Coast fans need to wait until the final game of round one to finally watch the Eagles stretch out their wings in 2021. The Eagles host Gold Coast at Optus Stadium at 3:10pm AWST (6:10pm AEDT) on Sunday 21 March. The complete AFL draw is here.

Round Date Match Stadium Kick-off How to watch
Round 1 Sunday, 21 March West Coast Eagles vs Gold Coast Suns Optus Stadium, WA 6:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 2 Sunday, 28 March Western Bulldogs vs West Coast Eagles Marvel Stadium, VIC 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 3 Saturday, 3 April West Coast Eagles vs Port Adelaide Optus Stadium, WA 8:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 4 Saturday, 10 April St Kilda vs West Coast Marvel Stadium, VIC 5:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 5 Friday, 16 April West Coast Eagles vs Collingwood Optus Stadium, WA 9:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

West Coast Eagles squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
41 Brendon Ah Chee Midfield 36
33 Brayden Ainsworth Midfield 3
12 Oscar Allen Forward 23
37 Tom Barrass Defender 65
10 Jarrod Brander Defender, Forward 3
22 Hamish Brayshaw Midfield 0
39 Jarrod Cameron Forward 7
28 Tom Cole Defender 41
15 Jamie Cripps Forward 163
27 Jack Darling Forward 196
14 Liam Duggan Defender 85
42 Harry Edwards Defender 0
29 Luke Foley Defender 0
3 Andrew Gaff Midfield 197
16 Tom Hickey Ruck 99
25 Shannon Hurn Defender 269
34 Mark Hutchings Midfield 113
40 Callum Jamieson Ruck 0
23 Lewis Jetta Defender 196
38 Ben Johnson Defender 0
0 Jamaine Jones Forward 7
11 Tim Kelly Midfield 48
17 Joshua Kennedy Forward 243
20 Jeremy McGovern Defender 126
9 Nicholas Naitanui Ruck 166
30 Jackson Nelson Defender 55
45 Mitch O'Neill Midfield 0
24 Xavier O'Neill Midfield 0
21 Jack Petruccelle Forward 23
8 Jack Redden Midfield 211
0 Nic Reid Forward 0
44 Willie Rioli Forward 38
35 Josh Rotham Defender 4
1 Liam Ryan Forward 37
31 Will Schofield Defender 190
4 Dominic Sheed Midfield 102
5 Bradley Sheppard Defender 178
13 Luke Shuey Midfield 201
43 Anthony Treacy Forward 0
19 Nathan Vardy Ruck 68
18 Daniel Venables Forward 21
2 Jake Waterman Forward 29
26 Francis Watson Defender 2
32 Bailey Williams Defender, Ruck 0
6 Elliot Yeo Midfield 155

West Coast Eagles history

Ever since the Eagles entered the competition in 1987, they have been a force. Reaching their first finals series the following year, they tasted premiership success in 1992 and again in 1994.

With a fanatical following in Western Australia and a talented breeding ground for players, they have some advantages in their favour. With four premiership flags now in their keeping, the Eagles will be eyeing off a fifth in 2021.

Image source: West Coast Eagles website

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