WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Sunday, July 8, 3.20pm AEST
Two of the form teams of the competition meet at the MCG on Sunday as Essendon’s charge towards the top eight gathers momentum. The Bombers were at their high-paced, skillful and high-scoring best in their excellent win over North Melbourne on Sunday at Etihad Stadium, and added the Roos to their list of recent scalps, including fellow top-eight hopefuls Greater Western Sydney, Geelong and West Coast. A win over the Pies would give the Bombers’ finals hopes a huge boost, but it will be no easy task. Collingwood cruised to victory over Gold Coast on the weekend, seeing them surge to second on the ladder after their hot run of form. The Pies’ dynamic and unique set of forwards continue to prove hard to stop, with Josh Thomas booting another four goals against the Suns. The Bombers couldn’t contain Mason Cox in their Anzac Day clash earlier this year so expect plenty of work to be put into stopping the marking Magpies target.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R5, 2018, Collingwood 14.17 (101) d Essendon 7.10 (52) at the MCG
R16, 2017, Essendon 18.9 (117) d Collingwood 12.8 (80) at the MCG
R5, 2017, Essendon 15.10 (100) d Collingwood 11.16 (82) at the MCG
R5, 2016, Collingwood 22.10 (142) d Essendon 11.7 (73) at the MCG
R23, 2015, Essendon 14.11 (95) d Collingwood 14.8 (92) at the MCG
FD’s Tip: Pies by 5 points.
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