Where and When: Metricon Stadium, Friday 7 August at 7:50pm (AEST)
Last time they met: R15 2019 – Essendon 12.5 (77) def GWS 10.11 (71) at Marvel Stadium
What it means for the Bombers: Going from 9th to 7th if they win, and pushing the Giants out of the 8. The Bombers are 5-3 but with a .88 percentage, are a still somehow a very dodgy looking team. They were mauled by both the Dogs and Lions and have beaten the bottom four plus the Pies. It’s just like they have had a way easy schedule and are at risk of being unmasked as one of those inflatable airplanes set up in England to trick the Germans before D-Day. Not that GWS are looking to be a top team either; but beating the Giants would be a really good sign and losing to them would be a really bad one.
What it means for the Giants: Going from 8th to 7th if they win, unless they stomp so hard they add over 8 points of percentage – which is very possible. If that happens they go higher. If they lose they get pushed out of the top 8. Also, they would have lost to a team that has not looked very good yet, and it would really bring their qualifications as a finals team into question. As a good one, rather than sneaking into 7-8th a getting knocked out in their first match.
Essendon: Ridley, the new face of the Bombers. Dev Smith, the annoying spleen of the Bombers. Merrit, and Saad are owned by hardly anyone.
GWS: Almost easier to list who is not relevant! They have Kelly, Perryman, Haynes Whitfield, Tatanto, Coniglio, and Hopper and newly back Zac Willims.
Father Dougal’s Watch: Draper – Last match he looked like the guy who will ruck for the Bombers for the next 10 or so years. No Pressure. Traded in by 2.4% of all teams, implying that there are only about 2.5% of teams left active.
Father Dougal’s Tip: I think the Giants are better than their current record, and the Bombers are worse than theirs, so GWS by 16. It would be really cool if the Boimbers proved me wrong though. After last night I am hoping for yet more close and fun looking footy and not a blowout.
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