Venue: MCG, Saturday, May 27, 7.25pm AEST
Last Time They Met: R17, 2016, Richmond 16.6 (102) d Essendon 11.17 (83) at the MCG
R10, 2016, Richmond 16.9 (105) d Essendon 10.7 (67) at the MCG
R22, 2015, Richmond 10.14 (74) d Essendon 7.5 (47) at the MCG
R9, 2015, Richmond 10.12 (72) d Essendon 8.11 (59) at the MCG
R20, 2014, Richmond 14.11 (95) d Essendon 11.11 (77) at the MCG
Game notes: After a rough patch of form, Essendon has tapped into a potent combination of speed and toughness that has its season back on track. The Bombers are settled at the selection table and players appear comfortable in their roles as a trademark style of play emerges at 5-4. They hit the annual Dreamtime at the ‘G match on a high against a Richmond side that has been crushed by heartbreaking losses three weeks running. After a 5-0 start, the Tigers have slipped to 5-4 and they desperately need a win to break the cycle of close losses that are cruelling their season. Damien Hardwick’s men are producing good football for long periods, but they are crumbling at critical times and losing credibility as a contender in an even season.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Essendon by 6
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