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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.
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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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|
|Round 6||Saturday, 24 April||Geelong Cats vs West Coast Eagles||GMHBA Stadium, VIC||1:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 7||Sunday, 2 May||Western Coast Eagles vs Fremantle||Optus Stadium, WA||4:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 8||Sunday, 9 May||Hawthorn vs West Coast Eagles||MCG, VIC||1:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 9||Sunday, 16 May||Western Coast Eagles vs Adelaide Crows||Optus Stadium, WA||4:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 10||Sunday, 23 May||GWS Giants vs West Coast||GIANTS Stadium, NSW||1:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 11||Saturday, 29 May||West Coast Eagles vs Essendon||Optus Stadium, WA||7:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 12||Sunday, 6 June||Carlton vs West Coast Eagles||MCG, VIC||3:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 13||Sunday ,13 June||West Coast vs Richmond||Optus Stadium, WA||7:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 15||Sunday ,27 June||West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs||Optus Stadium, WA||3:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 17||Monday ,12 July||West Coast Eagles vs North Melbourne Kangaroos||Optus Stadium, WA||7:30 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
West Coast Eagles squad
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|41||Brendon Ah Chee||Midfield||36|
|10||Jarrod Brander||Defender, Forward||3|
|32||Bailey Williams||Defender, Ruck||0|
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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