Venue: SCG at 7:50pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R7, 2016, Sydney 20.15 (135) d Essendon 7.12 (54) at the SCG
R1, 2015, Sydney 10.12 (72) d Essendon 9.6 (60) at ANZ Stadium
R19, 2014, Sydney 11.13 (79) d Essendon 8.9 (57) at the SCG
R9, 2014, Sydney 18.6 (114) d Essendon 9.10 (64) at Etihad Stadium
R10, 2013, Sydney 17.13 (115) d Essendon 10.11 (71) at the SCG
Game notes: The Swans have stormed back into finals calculations after winning five of their past six games, and suddenly look like the Sydney of old. John Longmire’s side fought back from a big deficit to beat Richmond at the MCG last week to maintain the momentum after smashing the Western Bulldogs the previous round. Essendon is coming off the bye so it will be interesting to see how the week off has affected the Dons, given they played their best footy of the year against Port Adelaide the week before. The Bombers’ leg speed caused the Power all sorts of issues and has the potential to do the same to the swans, with Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Orazio Fantasia and Conor McKenna providing the run and excitement for John Worsfold’s team. Essendon has a woeful record on the road, especially at the SCG, so a win on Friday night would be massive.
Thommo’s Tip: Sydney by 20 points.
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