Venue: Etihad Stadium at 1:10pm AEST
Last Time They Met: R2, 2016, Essendon 11.14 (80) d Melbourne 10.7 (67) at the MCG
Game Notes: It is a short turnaround for both of these sides ahead of Sunday’s clash at Etihad Stadium, following Melbourne’s clash with Richmond on Anzac Day eve and the Bombers’ win over Collingwood the following day. Essendon returned to the winners’ list with its 18-point victory over the Pies in a game that saw their dangerous small forwards back firing and Joe Daniher star further up the ground. The club’s midfield is growing deeper and deeper, and will need to be at its best to combat the Demons’ on-ball brigade, which is one of the most impressive in the competition. But how will Melbourne manage in the ruck with Jake Spencer (AC joint) joining first-choice big man Max Gawn (hamstring) on the sidelines? Melbourne broke its drought at Etihad Stadium in round one against St Kilda, so will head to the Docklands free of the hoodoo that has lurked in recent years.
Huttabito’s Tip: Essendon by 15 points (6-4)
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