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Thursday, April 11, 2019

West Coast Eagles ‘without a doubt’ favourites to win the flag: Eddie McGuire

Prominent commentator and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has labelled West Coast the “premier team in the competition” and believes Adam Simpson’s side is best placed to win the 2019 AFL premiership.
McGuire also expects the Eagles to emerge victorious when he calls Western Derby 49 at Optus Stadium for Fox Footy on Saturday.
“I think the West Coast Eagles have just got themselves going and they are the premier team of the competition and without doubt in my mind, the favourites to win the flag this year,” McGuire told 96.1FM on Thursday.
I think the Eagles at the moment are playing great football.”
“I tipped the Brisbane Lions (in round one) because they’re up and West Coast (were just) building into it ... (but) they’ve got their system back in place.”
McGuire’s appointment to call WA’s marquee sporting fixture drew a mixed response from football fans on talkback radio and social media.
But the veteran commentator brushed off the criticism, declaring he “can’t wait” to call Saturday’s blockbuster.
“I don’t know how you can be a public enemy, coming over to call a football game,” he said.
“I’ve got no dog in the fight ... I’m coming over as a genuine football lover and a commentator who got my first VFL/AFL media accreditation when I was 13 years of age, so I’ve been around for a little while.
“I’m looking forward to calling what is one of the premier matches of the year which is the derby.
“I’m coming over to do my job and to call a footy match, like I do most weekends. I’m looking forward to seeing what is going to be a great game of football in that stadium between two teams - one, the reigning champion, who had another good win over my boys Collingwood last week ... and Fremantle, who I just think are the enigma of season 2019.
“All up, it’s going to be a great game of footy and I can’t wait to get there.”
McGuire was famously effusive in his praise of West Coast after last year’s grand final, labelling the club “one of the greatest outfits in the history of sport” just hours after Collingwood lost the heart-stopping clash.
“When I look at how proud I am of our organisation (Collingwood), I also look with great affection at the West Coast Eagles and know that they do things really well,” he said.