Venue: Etihad Stadium at 1:10pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R2, 2017, Essendon 17.9 (111) d Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84) at the Gabba
R18, 2016, Brisbane Lions 20.8 (128) d Essendon 12.19 (91) at Etihad
R8, 2015, Essendon 21.10 (136) d Brisbane Lions 12.6 (78) at Etihad
R8, 2014, Essendon 9.11 (65) d Brisbane Lions 8.9 (57) at the Gabba
R8, 2013, Brisbane Lions 14.12 (96) d Essendon 12.14 (86) at Etihad
Game notes: Essendon will have spent this week ruing its one-point loss to Sydney last round, after giving up a 19-point lead with less than five minutes to go. That win would have seen the Bombers push ahead to seven wins ahead of their round 15 clash with the Brisbane Lions. Alas, the Bombers will now go into the game aiming to get their ledger back even against the bottom-placed Lions. Chris Fagan’s men have been in better form of late, but were still easily beaten last week by Greater Western Sydney, who ran out comfortable 10-goal winners. They pushed Essendon in round two, but will be without skipper Dayne Beams this time around, with an AC joint injury ruling him out for around a month. Beams kicked two goals from 33 disposals in the clubs’ clash earlier in the year and will leave a sizeable hole in the Lions’ midfield.
Huttabito’s Tip: Essendon by 30 points.
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