West Coast are set to be granted a home elimination final at Optus Stadium if they finish fifth or sixth on the ladder as the AFL prepares for a bumper final round of matches that will determine the top eight.
The AFL and the WA government are expected to finalise arrangements early this week to enable that to occur. The details around quarantine requirements are being finalised. The Eagles will fly back to Western Australia on Friday morning after playing North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium with West Coast a chance to finish third, fourth or fifth at the end of the premiership season.
Port Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions will finish in the top two meaning there will be a qualifying final at Adelaide Oval and the Gabba in week one of the finals, which will kick off on either Wednesday September 30 or Thursday October 1 though on the weekend the AFL were leaning towards a Thursday start.
Collingwood need to beat Gold Coast on Monday night to cement their spot in the top eight while the Eagles only need to defeat North Melbourne on Thursday night to guarantee they finish as high as fifth and earn a home final in week one.