Where and when: SCG, 7:20pm (AEDT)
Last time they met: R2 2020: Sydney 11.7 (73) DEF BY Essendon 12.7 (79)
The Bombers led from the outset at the SCG, but were never able to put the Swans to the sword and were instead made to defend valiantly in the dying stages to secure a nervous six-point victory.Essendon’s win continued the two sides’ tradition of closely fought encounters, with Darcy Parish’s stunning late goal proving the difference and ensuring the visitors would return to Victoria with the spoils. Zach Merrett (29 disposals, one goal) and Dylan Shiel (22 disposals, eight clearances) were pivotal in the win, with Jake Lloyd (29 disposals, one goal) and Luke Parker (25 disposals, five clearances) the best for the hosts.
Match Preview: Both teams were on the right end of upset victories last week, and big ones too. Sydney stunned the Tigers by 45 at the MCG while Essendon pounded a listless St Kilda to the tune of 75 at Marvel. This game will be at the SCG which you’d think would give the Swans the edge but that’s where the Bombers knocked them off last year. Having said that, there was no Buddy that day and Dylan Shiel, who looks done for the year, starred. We know the Swans were excellent last week. Was Essendon just as good? Or was St Kilda just plain awful?
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