Venue: MCG at 2:10pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R5, 2017, Essendon 15.10 (100) d Collingwood 11.16 (82) at the MCG
R5, 2016, Collingwood 22.10 (142) d Essendon 11.7 (73) at the MCG
R23, 2015, Essendon 14.11 (95) d Collingwood 14.8 (92) at the MCG
R4, 2015, Collingwood 9.15 (69) d Essendon 6.13 (49) at the MCG
R17, 2014, Essendon 16.7 (103) d Collingwood 5.9 (39) at the MCG
Game notes: A season that had promised so much is now producing so little for these two big clubs. A 6-8 Essendon has lost four of its past five games (by an average losing margin of just 10 points), including a potentially season-killing fadeout against the Brisbane Lions last week, while 5-9 Collingwood is in danger of losing a fourth successive game for the first time in two years. If it’s desperation stakes for the Bombers, then it’s absolute panic stations for the Magpies, who now need to win at least seven of their last eight games to avoid a fourth straight season outside the top eight. The Bombers reigned on Anzac Day and still appear to have an edge over the Pies, who continue to blow their chances with clanger kicks and poor conversion at critical times.
Thommo’s Tip: Essendon by 10 points
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