The Swans shouldn’t require peptides to overcome a severely underdone Bombers outfit at ANZ stadium tonight. Conditions for the clash are poor at best; there are reports that over 30mm of rain has fallen at Homebush in the last 24 hours, which could play a pivotal role in the game. This will be the 216th clash between Sydney and Essendon, and whilst the Dons lead the head to head record overall (130 to 82, one draw) it’s been a different trend in recent games. The Swans have won the last four games against the bombers, highlighted by a 50 point drubbing in round nine last season.
Essendon can finally focus on playing football after the club was cleared by the AFL tribunal on March 31st. James Hird will be eager to rebuild his public image and complete the job he started, for too long his name has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. ASADA may launch an appeal against the AFL’s verdict, but for now it’s time for the Bombers to embark on their 2015 campaign. It won’t be an easy ordeal; Sydney will be looking for retribution after their insipid display in the Grand Final last season. Essendon’s senior list has had next to no pre season (a result of the ASADA investigation) and will struggle to come up against a tough Swans outfit in the wet. Kick off is 4.30pm (AEST).
Justin’s tip: Sydney by 23 points.
2 Rhyce Shaw, 4 Dan Hannebery, 5 Isaac Heeney, 7 Harry Cunningham, 8 Kurt Tippett, 11 Jeremy Laidler, 12 Josh P. Kennedy, 14 Craig Bird, 15 Kieren Jack, 16 Gary Rohan, 20 Sam Reid, 22 Dean Towers, 23 Lance Franklin, 24 Dane Rampe, 25 Ted Richards, 26 Luke Parker, 32 Lewis Jetta, 37 Adam Goodes, 38 Mike Pyke, 39 Heath Grundy, 40 Nick Smith, 44 Jake Lloyd
1 Michael Hibberd, 2 Tom Bellchambers, 3 Paul Chapman, 4 Jobe Watson, 5 Brent Stanton, 6 Joe Daniher, 7 Zach Merrett, 9 Brendon Goddard, 11 David Zaharakis, 12 Mark Baguley, 13 Adam Cooney, 17 Jake Melksham, 18 Michael Hurley, 21 Dyson Heppell, 22 Jake Carlisle, 23 David Myers, 26 Cale Hooker, 29 Patrick Ambrose, 31 Dustin Fletcher, 32 Travis Colyer, 35 Martin Gleeson, 40 Ben Howlett
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