Where and When: Adelaide Oval , Saturday 12 September at 5:05pm AEST
Last time they met: Rd 20: Port Adelaide 19.12 (126) def Essendon 9.13 (67) at Marvel Stadium
Match Preview: All is not well at Windy Hill. The Bombers no longer have a match in hand and they find themselves over a game outside the top 8. They have also lost Hurley and Heppell (again) to injury and Hooker has been dropped. And now they find themselves facing the ladder-topping Port Power.
Every season we wait for the inevitable drop off by the Power but this season they look a different side. Most pundits have Richmond, Brisbane and Geelong ahead of Port Adelaide but it’s hard to see them dropping this one. Expect the Power to wrap up a top 2 spot today.
Supercoach Watch: Port: Boak remains a great smokey while Robbie Gray, Dan Houston and even Peter Ladhams could make decent late-season selections if you are cash-strapped.
Essendon: Merrett is well and truly back to his Supercoach best while Ridley, Shiel and Devon Smith appear in plenty of teams. Sam Draper is also holding up plenty of ruck lines to end the SC season.
Thommo Watch: I want Ladhams as my F6. He needs to repay the faith after his COVID breech so expect a decent return this and next round.
Thommo’s Tip: Port by 30 points.
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