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Follow it LIVE: Tigers and Eagles in heavyweight battle

Pick a Winner: Rich v WC Duck and Browny preview the Tigers v Eagles

Where and when: MCG, Sunday August 18, 1.10pm AEST

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What it means for Richmond: The first opportunity Richmond has had to play the reigning premiers this year. With both teams in form ahead of finals, it's a perfect opportunity to test themselves against the best.

What it means for West Coast: A perfect opportunity to play a fellow top-four team at the MCG. It'll be just the Eagles' third game for the year at the home of the Grand Final.

The stat: West Coast forward Josh Kennedy failed to take a mark last week against Adelaide for the first time in his 239-game career. He is averaging four marks a game this season, and six per match over his career.

The match-up: Jack Darling & Josh Kennedy v Jack Riewoldt & Tom Lynch

It's a battle of the heavyweight key forwards. The Tigers pair have combined for 33 goals in the eight games they've played together (average of 4.1), while the Eagles have kicked 88 goals from 18 games (average of 4.8).

It’s a big week for: Dustin Martin

After missing last week's clash against Carlton, the superstar Tiger will be fresh and eager to assert his dominance on the MCG. A vintage performance from the 2017 Brownlow medallist will go a long way to helping the Tigers get the victory.

Big call: Luke Shuey will relish a return to the ground that yielded a Norm Smith medal, dominating the stoppages and finishing with nine clearances.

Prediction: Eagles by 13 points

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs