Venue: Etihad Stadium at 7:50pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R21, 2017, Adelaide 18.15 (123) d Essendon 12.8 (80) at Etihad Stadium
R4, 2017, Adelaide 24.9 (153) d Essendon 13.10 (88) at Adelaide Oval
R19, 2016, Adelaide 22.11 (143) d Essendon 9.7 (61) at Adelaide Oval
R20, 2015, Adelaide 27.9 (171) d Essendon 8.11 (59) at Etihad Stadium
R14, 2014, Essendon 15.11 (101) d Adelaide 14.8 (92) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: It must have felt like a long pre-season for the Crows, who surrendered meekly to Richmond on Grand Final day last year and have had nearly six months to think about it before opening their season against the Bombers. Adelaide will have some new faces in their line-up but will be hoping to again be one of the most dominant sides in the League, having been the best side for the majority of last season. Plenty of eyes will also be on Essendon who, after an embarrassing elimination final loss to Sydney, went to the trade period and came out with Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad. All three will be expecting to make an impact from the start, with high hopes for the Bombers in 2018 to break their 13-year drought since a finals win.
Thommo’s Tip: Essendon by 12 points.
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