Two teams on a roll, the Essendon Bombers who have won four of their last five and the North Melbourne Kangaroos winners of five of their last six, square off at Marvel Stadium in a Saturday afternoon (local time) fixture.
Whilst it hasn’t been pretty in recent weeks, the Bombers have managed to put ‘Ws’ in the win column and from what looked like being an unfilled season a little over a month ago, is now on the brink of finding a position inside the top eight.
Considering the Bombers are averaging 5788 metres gained per match compared to the Kangaroos 5543 metres, achieving this while averaging 11 less possessions goes to show that the Bombers’ long kicking and use of the bounce (10.7 per game to Kangaroos 4.1) will be key elements for success this week.
Rhyce Shaw’s charmed run at the helm of the Kangaroos continues to build, amazingly with victory this week there is a slim chance the club could find itself inside the top eight come the weekend’s end.
Handballs, handballs and more handballs will be the key for the Kangaroos this week being ranked first in the competition averaging 179 per game, 25 more than the Bombers. The more stops in plays and ball ups, the better the Kangaroos chances of winning will be.
Players to watch: Ben Cunnington (KAN) looks primed for a big game as the Bombers don’t really have a big body type of midfielder to combat him.
In light of that, Dylan Shiel (BOM) may be the perfect attack weapon to go H2H with. Sure Cunnington will have his usual success at the clearances, but Shiel might be able to make even more impact in open play.
Stat Attack: The Bombers have won eight of their last nine matches at Marvel Stadium.
The last three H2H matches between these two teams has seen Essendon score over 100 points every time.
The Kangaroos have won their last three matches at Marvel Stadium.
A win for the Bombers would be their 100th ever against North Melbourne.
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