WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Sunday, April 15, 1.10pm AEDT
SUMMARY For the first time since 2007, only one club remains unbeaten after three rounds and it is Port Adelaide, who overcame a determined Brisbane outfit last week at Adelaide Oval. It followed impressive victories over Fremantle and Sydney for the new-look Port line-up, which loaded up on recruits during last year’s trade period for a genuine tilt at the premiership. Essendon did the same, but has not started its campaign in the type of form Port has shown. The Bombers were dreadful against the Western Bulldogs last week and lucky to have not lost by more than 21 points. But they will face a week of discussion on their form and finals prospects, and often play better when they are not expected to win. For that reason, Port will be wary of Essendon’s best form, despite it not being evident so far in 2018.
LAST FIVE TIMES: R12, 2017, Essendon 19.17 (131) d Port Adelaide 8.13 (61) at Etihad Stadium
R3, 2016, Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) d Essendon 7.9 (51) at Adelaide Oval
R17, 2015, Port Adelaide 20.9 (129) d Essendon 17.14 (116) at Etihad Stadium
R16, 2014, Essendon 8.14 (62) d Port Adelaide 7.18 (60) at Adelaide Oval
R15, 2013, Essendon 18.10 (118) d Port Adelaide 12.16 (88) at Etihad Stadium
Father Dougal’s Tip: The Bombers are struggling to get off the ground, or maybe on the ground. Port by 20.
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