AFL coaching great Terry Wallace has tipped the Eagles and the Tigers to make this year’s Grand Final.
West Coast recently jumped into second spot after thrashing a depleted Fremantle side in the Derby last week and are the most in-form team in the competition.
Their run home has Wallace believing that they could secure a top two spot heading into finals, giving them the best chance at going back-to-back.
“I would have West Coast Eagles as the favourite,” he told SEN Drive.
“Only now with the way there’s been dropped games from some of the other sides around them and when you have a look at what they’ve got in the run home, I think they can get themselves a top two position.
“I would probably have Geelong as second favourites, but if you’re asking me to pick my Grand Finalists as we sit, I’d go West Coast and Richmond.”
Although Geelong sit a game clear of second-placed West Coast, their history in finals have prevented them from the ultimate success that saw them win three of five grand finals only a decade ago.
They have also lost two of their last three matches, with their win against Adelaide in round 15 not being totally convincing.
Reports have shown that Richmond are in an almost identical spot on the ladder as they were in 2017, when they defeated the Crows in the decider.
The Tigers are slowly regaining some of their stars, which may also include the shock return of All-Australian Alex Rance from an ACL injury later in the season.
“If they get themselves up into a position, which I think they will now, I think he will get back and play,” Wallace said in regards to Rance.
Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin has returned to near-best form as well as prized recruit Tom Lynch, who keeps kicking goals when needed.
Their run-home isn’t the easiest, but this week’s clash against the Giants at the MCG can help determine where they’ll be heading and if their Premiership chances are legitimate.