The beleaguered and now James Hird-less Bombers travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Suns in the twilight fixture at Metricon stadium.
Normally, i’d be looking to get with the coachless side in the first game after his departure but Essendon’s case can in no way be described as normal and the sense of freedom the Carlton players felt when Malthouse went will unlikely be evident amongst the Essendon players, who seemingly liked Hird.
In summary, it looks like a match to leave well alone as far as predicting the winner goes but there is some value in the totals markets.
First halves in twilight matches at Metricon have gone 2/7 to the under since 2014 and i see this being a relatively low scoring affair after a rash of goalfests in recent weeks.
The possible showers forecast on the Goldie for Saturday are a bonus.