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SANDRINGHAM vs ESSENDON – Sunday 2pm @ Trevor Barker Beach Oval
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2017 Rd 1 @ Trevor Barker Beach Oval: Sandringham 11.12 (78) d Essendon 10.11 (71)
FORM COMING IN
Last week’s loss to the Box Hill Hawks was the second straight defeat for Sandringham (11th, 2-2) following a positive start to the season. Essendon (7th, 2-2) rebounded from two straight losses with a big victory over North Melbourne in Round 5.
Which team wins the midfield battle royal? These teams are ranked first and second in the VFL in both contested possessions (Zebras on top) and clearances (Bombers on top) per game. Look forward to Kade Answerth, Myke Cook and Ed Phillips (Sandringham) vs Dylan Clarke, Aaron Heppell and Kyle Langford (Essendon).
For all their evenness in the contests (see above), one key difference between these teams is how they use their ball-winning ability to capitalise on the scoreboard. The Bombers generate over six inside-50s more per game and have scored 92 more total points than the Zebras this season.