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Where: Etihad Stadium
When: Sunday July 20, 7.40am (BST)
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This has the potential to be match of the this split round with both sides coming off big wins last week.
Essendon destroyed Collingwood last Sunday at the MCG, running out 63-point winners to stake a claim for a finals spot, whilst the Bulldogs defeated a Gary Ablett-less Gold Coast Suns in Cairns.
The young Bulldogs trio of Marcus Bontempelli, Nathan Hrovat and Jake McRae have led from the front and are sure to cause to Bombers problems all night.
Essendon however have the luxury of bringing back star midfielder Brendon Goddard into the side following his suspension, and will go into the match as favourites.
The Bombers just may edge this, but if the Bulldogs put in a four-quarter performance like they did against the Gold Coast then you simply cannot count them out.
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1. The round seven contest between the sides could have gone either way. The Bulldogs had more possessions, hit-outs and inside-50s, while the Bombers took more marks, laid more tackles and had more scoring shots.
2. The Western Bulldogs continue to be the No.1 handballing side in 2014 with an average of 172.9 per game. Young midfielder Tom Liberatore leads the way with 214 on his own.
3. Essendon will be going for its sixth consecutive win over the Bulldogs, something the club hasn’t achieved since 1966-69.
4. This is the 156th contest between the sides with Essendon holding a clear advantage winning 93 games to 60 and two draws.
5. If the Bulldogs win this game it will be just the second time this season they have won consecutive matches. Meanwhile if the Bombers can win it will be the first time they have won three games in a row.
6. Bombers midfielder Dyson Heppell has been climbing through the ranks of the AFL’s Official Player Ratings, brought to you by Gatorade, following another stellar season. He started the year ranked 88th and is now poised for a move into the top 50 with a ranking of 51.(AFL.com.au)