Where and When: Metricon Stadium, Wednesday 12 August at 7:10pm (AEST)
Last time they met: Essendon 16.10 (106) def Gold Coast 15.6 (96) Round 19, 2019.
What does it mean for Gold Coast: If they win they move into 10th, pushing the Dogs and Bombers down below them. That still gives them hopes of finals. If they lose they stay at 12th, and only percentage separates them from 15th. Also the Bombers are not one of the very top teams. If they can’t win this match, they are pretty much confirming they are just not a finals team this year.
What does it mean for Essendon: A win and they are 9th, with a game in hand. Finals a challenge but certainly possible. A loss to the Suns and they fall back to 12th, and even with a game in had finals becomes a big challenge. Plus, losing to the Suns. Not as horrific as in the past, but still, nothing says “Not going to win a flag” like losing to the Suns.
Supercoach Watch Suns: Mostly Miller and Greenwood.
Supercoach Watch Bombers: Draper! Gawn owners who were counting on him as backup may now quote ET. “Owwwwch” Ridley owners hope to avoid the same phrase. Merrett is both in teams and on radars. Devon Smith once again promises a 70 but taunts with the prospect of another 105.
Father Dougal Watch: Rankine, no surprise. He is such a best of 18 player, since he’ll probably go big or small, with less in-the-boring-middle than most rookies.
Father Dougal’s Tip: While I am far from convinced, I think the Bombers are more likely to end up singing than the Suns. Essendon by 6.
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