Venue: The new home of the NRL GF, 1:45pm
Last 5 times:
R10, 2015, Geelong Cats 19.8 (122) d Essendon 7.11 (53) at Etihad Stadium
R15, 2014, Geelong Cats 13.11 (89) d Essendon 11.14 (80) at Etihad Stadium
R7, 2013, Geelong Cats 17.11 (113) d Essendon 11.19 (85) at Etihad Stadium
R17, 2012, Geelong Cats 20.14 (134) d Essendon 10.7 (67) at Etihad Stadium
R15, 2011, Essendon 18.7 (115) d Geelong Cats 16.15 (111) at Etihad Stadium
Top SC scorers from last match (still playing):
Essendon: Gwilt 108
Geelong: Taylor 137, Selwood 122, Motlop 119, Blicavs 116, Lonergan 110, Enright 107
IN: Conor McKenna, Craig Bird, Jayden Laverde
OUT: Nick Kommer (Omitted), Ryan Crowley (Omitted), Jackson Merrett (Omitted)
IN: Tom Lonergan, Cory Gregson, Jordan Murdoch
OUT: Lincoln McCarthy (Omitted), Jake Kolodjashnij (Omitted), Corey Enright (Managed)
Game notes: With a win over the Dees already under their belt this season, the Bombres must be feeling confident coming into this game. The Greatest Team Of All though will be looking to continue their 2-game winning streak by exploiting Essendon’s almost complete lack of talent and depth. The big questions: will Dea justify his starting spot in your backline? And will Dangers put a reasonable VC’s score on the board for you? Just don’t forget to make your captaincy change at 3/4 time if he does and you’ve got the C on Gaz.
The 6 Points
1. Geelong has dominated Essendon over a long period, winning the past four contests between the teams and 10 of the past 11. Six of those wins have been 50 points or more.
2. This could be a blowout. The Cats have averaged 105 points a game while conceding only 77 so far this season. In contrast, the Bombers have averaged just 63 points a game and have conceded, on average, 100 points each week.
3. The clash will be the first ‘Country game’ between the Bombers and Cats, a marquee contest designed and developed by coaching superbrain & footy marketing guru Kevin Sheedy in his role at Essendon.
4. The Cats have been impressive marking the ball inside 50, ranking fourth with nearly 15 a game in the first three weeks. The Bombers have struggled in this area, ranking 14th in the competition with 10.3 a game.
5. Essendon and Geelong haven’t played at the MCG since the opening round of 2010, with this just the second MCG clash between the sides since 2005.
6. New Bomber Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is ranked the sixth best first-year player in the competition so far in 2016, according to the Schick AFL Player Ratings.
Mottsy’s tip: Geelong by 70
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