The Bombers will be eager to bounce back after a dismal display last week but facing the Eagles at home is no easy task this season. The Eagles are coming off a six-day break and a trip to Tasmania. The great challenge for the Bombers is kicking a winning score. They failed to kick a goal in the opening half last week while the Eagles have been kicking big scores at home.
WHERE AND WHEN: Domain Stadium, Saturday, June 13, 2.35pm
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LAST FIVE TIMES
R21, 2014, Essendon 11.11 (77) d West Coast 11.8 (74) at Etihad Stadium
R20, 2013, West Coast 18.12 (120) d Essendon 9.13 (67) at Etihad Stadium
R13, 2013, Essendon 15.8 (98) d West Coast 13.13 (91) at Subiaco Oval
R7, 2012, Essendon 16.17 (113) d West Coast 7.10 (52) at Etihad Stadium
R22, 2011, West Coast 20.14 (134) d Essendon 11.11 (77) at Subiaco Oval
THE SIX POINTS
1. Essendon fought back from 23 points down at half-time to win in round 21, 2014. Jason Winderlich was the difference, kicking three goals.
2. The Bombers are ranked 14th for points per game in the AFL with 75. They have kicked fewer than 10 goals five times. The Eagles are ranked second with 107 points per game.
3. The Bombers are the worst centre clearance team in 2015, averaging only 10.3 per game. The Eagles are ranked fourth in the AFL with 13.5 per game.
4. The Eagles have dominated the Bombers at Domain Stadium, winning 14 of 17 games, including eight of the last nine.
5. The West Coast rucks rank third for average hit-outs per game with 50.4. Essendon has struggled in hit-outs, ranked 14th with 37.7 per game.
6. Josh Kennedy is the fifth-ranked key forward in the Official AFL Player Ratings, at No.70 overall. Essendon's highest ranked key forward is Jake Carlisle at No.205.
IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR … Tom Bellchambers
Nic Naitanui has been in tremendous form and the Eagles are getting first use at stoppages courtesy of his ruck work and follow up at ground level. It is a big week for Bellchambers to try and quell Naitanui's influence and have an impact himself.
PREDICTION: West Coast by 30 points