Saturday brings about a must-win fixture for North Melbourne if they want to emerge from the weekend in the top eight as they face Essendon at the Etihad Stadium.
The Roo’s dealt Richmond a convincing 50-point loss last round as they came up against the Tigers in their prime, and will hope to continue their steady rise up the ladder this round.
North are at $1.44 for the win at Ladbrokes.com.au although have some key faces missing from the starting line up with defender Robbie Tarrant out while Sam Wright is another doubt.
Leigh Adams booted three for the Roos last round while Andrew Swallow finished on an impressive 31 disposals and so the Bombers will need to try and keep him quiet.
For Essendon, their season has slowly gone from bad to worse as a five-game losing streak became six after they suffered a humiliating defeat to bottom of the table West Coast last weekend.
The Bombers are at $2.81 for the win, and the deciding factor as to whether or not they will claim all four points will surely be their mental attitude; will they run onto the oval with their tails between their legs or fight to redeem their season slump?
A strong performance from the Bombers is a must for coach Matthew Knights who has certainly been under pressure from fans with the dismal effort the club has put forward in recent weeks.
Brent Stanton put in a good effort for Essendon last round booting three goals, while Travis Colyer was convincing with his effort of 27 possessions, but it will be down to skipper Jobe Watson to lead from the front if his side are to redeem themselves.
A silver lining for the Bombers will be the likely return of Andrew Welsh, David Hille and Ricky Dyson – all three able to trouble the Roos, however if North are able to handle the initial onslaught they have the stamina to overcome the tirade and take all four points.
Our tip of the match is to go with the Bombers winning the opening term while North claim the last three at $8.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match
Over the course of the season, North has won the majority of their last two terms –the same for Essendon. However given the circumstances, we predict a Roos victory and our tip of the match is to go with the Bombers winning the opening term while North claim the last three at $8.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.