IT'S SCARY to think how well the odds are stacked in West Coast Eagles' favour.
Not if you're a fan, but for every other club, it should be.
The Adam Simpson-coached Eagles have won their last four and certainly look happy to home in Perth after a tough hub experience in Queensland.
Many were writing them off, but there's simply too much talent in the Eagles' ranks.
We know they're well-coached as well - so it was only a matter of time before results started flowing.
West Coast could be playing a lot of footy at Optus Stadium this season. That's what is terrifying for opposition clubs.
To be fair, they've earned the right to play a bucketload of footy at home as they were on the road for so long in a Queensland hub.
Despite the club's big win over Collingwood last weekend, Simpson dismissed flag favouritism.
"It goes from being crisis to flag favourites. It has got nothing to do with what we do," he said.
"The identity of our side was a bit off. I thought our players really took ownership. They are playing a pretty distinct brand and (beating Collingwood) is another step forward.
"I don't know where we are at in terms of the competition. I feel we have caught up a little bit."
To quote Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson, there are always going to be "swings and roundabouts" in AFL season.
The Eagles have suffered through their tough spell and are just loaded with talent.
Josh Kennedy is back in form after booting seven against the Magpies, Andrew Gaff was good and as was Geelong recruit Tim Kelly.
There's just too much talent to turn away and West Coast is, at this point, undoubtedly a flag favourite.
Is anyone for a Brisbane Lions versus West Coast grand final?
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