Fremantle are the red-hot favourites to make history by beating Sydney in Saturday’s preliminary final but forward Matt de Boer knows nothing in footy is guaranteed.
The Dockers are $1.29 favourites with betting agency Player to claim a maiden grand final berth with a win at Patersons Stadium.
But when asked what the favouritism meant to the group, de Boer, who will play his 100th game this weekend, answered bluntly. “It means nothing,” he said.
“(Sydney) are the reigning premiers and people have written them off before at their peril.
“They're going to come over with an attitude solely to beat us and we've got the same thing on our side.
“The past speaks for nothing and the favouritism doesn't bother us.
“We'll have to be hot on our game early and have a strong game plan, ready to take them down.”
The build-up to Saturday’s preliminary final is unlike anything Fremantle have experienced in their short history, with much of Perth decked out in purple and the bandwagon rapidly filling up.
De Boer said while the support was great to see, the club were still fully focused on the job at hand.
"It's great for our fans and supporters, everyone's getting on board,” he said.
“I think we're even converting a few of the Eagles supporters over as well.
“It's good for WA football, but at the end of the day we know what they want most is us to prepare the way we have been doing all year.
"We love the purple army, they're very vocal. But in terms of the ground, we know Sydney like coming and playing here.
“They're a very hard-running side so it won't hold any fears for them.”