The Blues captain's overturned two-match suspension has swiftly divided the footy world.
In Game 3 of Round 16, the disappointing Dons meet Sydney to take on the Swans at the MCG.
Although Essendon have won over two thirds of the 217 games they have played against the Swans, they are at long odds to win this game as Sydney need a win to secure their place in the finals.
For Essendon, Dyson Heppell in this game will equal Mark Harvey, who started at Essendon in 1984 and by the end of the 1985 season had played in two premierships with the club.
At Sydney, Luke Parker will play his 250th game, being the 12th Swan to reach that number.
Melbourne are back on track and should have a good win against Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval if the punters are any guide.
Adelaide finished 15th last year with seven wins and so far this year have won five and are currently 13th on the ladder, so they would be hoping for a number of wins in the last eight rounds to show improved form over 2021.
Star full forward Taylor ‘Tex’ Walker will join Michael Doughty as the 12th greatest game player of all time at the Crows if he plays on Saturday.
On Melbourne’s top 100 game players list, Christian Petracca will join Bill Allen, who played his last game for Melbourne 99 years ago at age 34.
Having already met once in 2022 (Round 6), with Geelong winning by 60 points and having 20 more shots for goal, North Melbourne has little to look forward to in the return game at fortress Kardinia Park.
Luke McDonald will equal Michael Gaudion’s games tally at North Melbourne. The son of former Kangaroos coach Charlie Gaudion, Michael lost the best and fairest award to Laurie Dwyer on a count back.
Unsung Geelong hero Mitch Duncan will be one of three players to play their 250th game this round.
Gold Coast have won only three of their 11 games against Collingwood, but are favoured to win this home game to keep their faint finals hopes alive.
Jarrod Witts will equal Jack Martin as the 11th greatest game player at the Suns and – at Collingwood – the durable Jack Crisp will play his 172nd game in a row (178 all up) and zoom up the club’s top 100 list.
He is passing Jack Monohan, Harold Rumney and Gordon Hocking to draw level with team-mate Darcy Moore’s father, Peter Moore, a dual Brownlow Medallist.
Richmond have a fairly poor record against the Eagles, having won slightly better than 40 per cent of their games.
However, the incentive to climb back into the eight from their current ninth position for another tilt at the title should see them win.
Dustin Martin will equal the game tally of Chris Newman. At the Eagles, Josh Kennedy will pass Guy McKenna to become the all-time fifth greatest game player and Jack Darling will play his 250th game.
Greater Western Sydney are favoured to beat the Hawks and Stephen Coniglio will bury the ghost of now Cat Jeremy Cameron just a little bit deeper by equalling him on the games played list.
The final game of the round could be considered still a live game as Port Adelaide will still be striving for a place in the finals despite being 12th on the ladder and having the worst percentage of those dozen clubs.
Luke Ryan will play his 100th game for Fremantle and that is an important milestone because at the Dockers it is enough to be a top 50 player. Fremantle should be able to improve on their 44.7 per cent win ratio.