Arguably the most important match of the round with both sides needing a victory.
This is a vital game for both teams who are on a downward spiral after making an outstanding start to the season.
Essendon has lost back-to-back matches and four of their past five with the only win during that stretch being against Collingwood who has been the most disappointing side this season.
Geelong won their first five games this season and looked headed towards another tilt at a premiership, but there are question marks being raised over the Cats after they lost to two teams that are not expected to make the finals in Collingwood and Gold Coast. They simply must bounce back to avoid undoing all their good work in the first five matches and sliding back into the pack.
The Cats have dominated the Bombers in recent times winning six straight matches against them and 11 of their past 12.
Two of these victories included two big wins last season with a 30-point win in Round 4 at Etihad Stadium and 66-point win in Round 20 at Etihad Stadium.
Patrick Dangerfield has been quiet the last fortnight which has coincided with the Cats losing two matches - we expect he will bounce back with vengeance.
Dangerfield had an equal game high 29 touches last time these teams met and look for him to be the difference.
We fear the Bombers will also be extremely fatigued after they are on a six-day back up and returning from Perth in a game that was played in conditions more similar to the middle of summer.
Despite two banana skin results in the last fortnight we do see Geelong as a genuine contender in 2017 and this win should get them back on the winners list before they clash with the reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs at Simonds Stadium next Friday.
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Tom Hawkins had a game high three goals when these teams last clashed. He is the logical choice for First and Most Goals.
GEELONG UNDER 39.5
TOM HAWKINS FIRST GOAL