Both sides have shown signs of life lately.
Both Essendon and West Coast are coming off their best performances of the year.
Essendon’s revival last week saw them use a much different game plan, moving the ball quickly with fast run and handball out of defence.
It was highly effective against St. Kilda – they had 32 scoring shots and should have won by more – but it certainly makes the Bombers vulnerable to turnovers.
West Coast were also much improved against Geelong last week, going in level on the scoreboard at half time. Ultimately, the Cats were able to control the game by chipping the ball around and stifling the Eagles ability to score. That is the opposite of how Essendon will likely play this week.
As a result, the play here that really appeals is the over. West Coast should get their chances courtesy of a midfield brigade that is finally getting healthy, and they have enough talent down forward to capitalize when they do.
Essendon are hardly going to abandon a style that saw them break their long run of losses last week.
History is also a good pointer to a big number here, with five of the last seven clashes between these two sides going over the total, including last year’s game.
In perfect conditions, watch the goals flow.
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Stringer produced a much improved performance against the Saints with two goals and easily could have had more with better kicking. Kennedy has still been hitting the scoreboard well from limited opportunities this year, he should get plenty of supply,
Both Stringer and Kennedy kicked three in the corresponding match last year.
This is far and away the best side that West Coast has put on the park this season. They can easily score an upset and record their second win for the season against an Essendon side that can’t be trusted.