Venue: Spotless Stadium at 4:35pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R13, 2016, GWS 17.15 (117) d Essendon 12.18 (90) at Etihad Stadium
R19, 2015, GWS 14.9 (93) d Essendon 8.13 (61) at Spotless Stadium
R12, 2014, Essendon 11.15 (81) d GWS 9.12 (66) at Spotless Stadium
R17, 2013, Essendon 18.8 (116) d GWS 11.11 (77) at Spotless Stadium
R6, 2013, Essendon 17.18 (120) d GWS 12.9 (81) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: The Giants are coming off their first ever win over West Coast and will need to recover well after only getting back to Sydney on Monday afternoon. They’re struggling with a long injury list but the 22 being picked each week has done the job so far, and coach Leon Cameron will need even contributions from all of his players again this week. Essendon was right in it with a six-goal opening term against Richmond last week, but kicked just four more for the match, and will need to bring far more scoreboard pressure against GWS. The battle between speedy Bomber forwards Josh Green, Orazio Fantasia and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, and attacking Giants defenders Heath Shaw, Nathan Wilson and Zac Williams, should be one to keep an eye on, and the visitors will need to work just as hard when they don’t have the footy to kept the home side in check.
Thommo’s Tip: GWS by 20 points.
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