Clash Of Under-achievers

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Jack Riewoldt's hoping for another 11 goals this weekend. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au

Essendon v Richmond
MCG
Saturday May 31 – 7:45 PM (AEST)

Form
Essendon: 
LLWWL
Richmond: WLLLW

With just seven wins between them, two of the competition’s under-achievers face off at the MCG when the Bombers  host the Tigers  on Saturday night.

Richmond made a statement last week that they wouldn’t be handed the wooden spoon this year, thumping GWS by 113 points. Jack Riewoldt hit headlines before that game when he criticised his team’s tactics, but he put that all behind him on Saturday by booting an incredible 11 goals against the Giants. His efforts propelled him into favourite to take out this year’s Coleman Medal and he will be looking to add to his tally of 28 goals. Ivan Maric is expected to return into the Tigers line-up following an impressive hit-out in the VFL on the weekend. The 28-year-old was the reserve team’s best player, notching two goals in their loss to Werribee.

The Bombers have failed to deliver so far this season, but are still within reach of the top eight. Last time out they were dismantled by the Swans in front of their home fans, but they will be hoping a win against the Tigers this weekend will restore some faith back into their loyal supporters. Paul Chapman was a noticeable absentee in the loss against the Swans in round nine, but he returns into the side after serving a one match suspension. Jason Winderlich is also tipped to feature in the line-up after recovering from a knee injury.

This encounter is one of the closest betting games of the weekend and it's shaping as a tight, competitive match. Essendon will fancy their chances against the Tigers, but if Riewoldt can emulate last week’s form, Richmond could produce a minor upset.

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