Sydney V Essendon EF 2

Last time these two sides met

It was 30 seconds the Bombers and Brendon Goddard would rather forget when these sides last met. The Swans may have snatched victory in the jaws of the defeat but have since taken things to a whole new level. Despite finishing sixth the Swans are among the premiership favourites enjoying a remarkable second half of the season.

Dan Hannebery and Tom Papley are expected to return to bolster Sydney’s midfield ahead of the finals series.

The Bombers completed part of the fairy tale against the Dockers whom they defeated to grant themselves entry in to the finals series.

Michael Hurly and Orazio Fantasia could also be set to return. Fantasia has emerged as one of Essendon’s most important players contributing to Essendon’s rapid ball movement. Essendon’s pace is reflected through their ranking as the second-best team rebounding off the half back line.

Shutting down Lance Franklin remains one of the most arduous tasks when playing the Swans. Returning defender Michael Hurly will most likely match up on the Coleman Medal winner, however much of Sydney’s success is due to the score board contribution of many of their midfielders.

The winner of this match will face either Geelong or Richmond at the MCG next week.

Prediction: Sydney by 30 points

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