WHERE AND WHEN: MCG at 2:10pm AEST
SUMMARY: Essendon has lost four of its past five games and its most recent two defeats have been shockers. Its best players are (mainly) out of form and it has been the focus of plenty of attention since its back-to-back losses to Collingwood and Melbourne. All of which will make sure the Hawks are on their toes for this clash in the traditional Saturday afternoon timeslot, given the Bombers regularly perform better when under the pump. Hawthorn, however, has had a much steadier start to the season than the underwhelming Bombers. The Hawks saw off St Kilda last week in Tasmania to post their fourth win of the season, and they sit in the top four heading into round seven. They are dangerous at ground level, their midfield is in form, and the club continues to blood its impressive youngsters alongside some of its remaining premiership heroes. It’s hard to see the Bombers picking up enough confidence after two drubbings to overcome the Hawks.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R1, 2017, Essendon 17.14 (116) d Hawthorn 12.19 (91) at the MCG
R12, 2016, Hawthorn 23.13 (151) d Essendon 6.7 (43) at Etihad Stadium
R13, 2015, Hawthorn 16.18 (114) d Essendon 11.10 (76) at the MCG
R2, 2015, Essendon 12.6 (78) d Hawthorn 11.10 (76) at the MCG
R2, 2014, Hawthorn 13.12 (90) d Essendon 12.14 (86) at Etihad Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: Hawthorn by 30 points.
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