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The Essendon Bombers will host the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 4:35pm (AEST).
Essendon travelled to the Gold Coast last weekend and beat the Suns by 44 points. Zach Merrett and Dyson Heppell dominated the midfield and Mark Baguley kicked three goals to help their side to the victory.
After a close first half, the game was poised for the Bombers to get a half-time rev up and come out firing – and that they did.
Nine goals to Gold Coast’s two in the second half meant Essendon stormed home with the win.
Fremantle are also coming off a win, beating top-four side Port Adelaide by nine points.
Despite inaccurate goal kicking, Fremantle pressured the Power on transition, forcing turnovers and setting up re-entries. The win was overshadowed by more discussion regarding the need for red card send-offs, as Ryan Nyhuis was reported for a dangerous tackle on Port forward Robbie Gray that left Gray unconscious.
In team news, Orazio Fantasia and David Zaharakis will return to the Essendon side for this clash; Conor McKenna (groin) and Jake Long (omitted) are the withdrawals.
Zaharakis returns ahead of schedule following his collarbone injury suffered in Round 11.
For Fremantle, Taylin Dunman and Darcy Tucker will replace Ryan Nyhuis and Stephen Hill.
Nyhuis was given three weeks for rough conduct on Robbie Gray, while Hill pulled up sore after Thursday morning’s training session and will not be risked.
The last time these two teams met was in Round 2, when Fremantle won their first game at Optus Stadium by 16 points.
Bomber Darcy Parish will celebrate 50 games in the red and black this weekend.
Fremantle ground out a good win against Port Adelaide in wet conditions last Sunday, but the six day turn around to a clash in Melbourne will test them.
Under the roof of Etihad, Essendon will get their running game going and set up a strong win to keep their finals hopes alive, just.
Essendon by 37
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