Venue: Adelaide Oval at 7:50pm (AEST)
Last Time They Met:
R17, 2015, Port Adelaide 20.9 (129) d Essendon 17.14 (116) at Etihad Stadium
Best SC in last match (playing in 2016):
- Port Adelaide: Wingard 105, Wines 105, Baok 98
- Essendon: Z.Merrett 140, Goddard 117, Zaharakis 93
- In: Amon, Stewart and new rookie Darcy Byrne-Jones
- Out: Howard (Om.), Carlile (Wrist), Wingard (Hamstring)
- No changes
Game notes: To start the year, the pundits predicted a big year for Port Adelaide including a return to the top 8 while the Bombers were predicted to lose every game (except to Carlton!). Two rounds in and expectations have changed. Port were incredibly disappointing against Adelaide last week and questions have been raised as to whether Port have been over-rated. The Bombers are better than expected and will defeat teams that underestimate them. Port should win comfortably but doubts remain.
Thommo’s Tip: Port by 40 points.
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