West Coast assistant coach Scott Burns says the AFL club's record at the MCG is not as bad as bare statistics suggest.
The Eagles head into Saturday night's semi-final against Collingwood having lost 10 of their past 11 games at the grand final venue.
That includes their past six, three of which were to Collingwood.
But Burns says they are steadily improving and have come close against class opposition in the past 12 months.
"Going back a few years we weren't a great team, so that didn't help us," he told reporters after West Coast trained at the MCG on Friday.
"Last year we played Collingwood twice and Geelong and they were the two grand final teams.
"We got closer to Collingwood in that first final and bar our first quarter against Hawthorn (two weeks ago) we thought we were quite competitive.
"So I think when you get 70-80,000 people here for a final and the boys are a lot further ahead than what they were 12 months ago, they're looking forward to turning things around."
Midfielder Matt Rosa will make his return just three weeks after breaking his collarbone, but Burns said he survived a searching fitness test untroubled this week.
"If he gets targeted he gets targeted," the former Magpies captain said.
"If he's not ready to go then we wouldn't play him."
The loss of tough defender Beau Waters to injury will hit hard, but Burns said that was effectively countered by Collingwood's loss of skipper Nick Maxwell to suspension.
While Collingwood plan to test the Eagles with a physical approach, as they did against Hawthorn in last weekend's qualifying final, Burns said while that was expected, West Coast would not spend much time planning for it.
"No, we don't talk about those sorts of things too much," he said.
"We're really keen here just to get to the 'G, we're rapt with the experience we got last year here in two finals games and we just want to attack the ball and body as hard as we possibly can."
He said West Coast's wealth of tall forwards was likely to grow as a weapon as the match went on.
"Hopefully with that extra height, I don't think there's going to be too much drizzle around tomorrow night, that as the game progresses the big fellas can take a few marks like they did last week in the last quarters."