Traditional rivals battle for a crucial sixth victory of the season.
How many more times can the Tigers have their hearts broken? Richmond won their first five games of the season and looked set for just their third finals appearance since 1982, but have subsequently lost four straight games, three of them by under a goal and simply must bounce back with a win.
Essendon by contrast come into the game full of confidence having dismantled premiership contenders West Coast by 61 points at Etihad Stadium last Sunday.
The Bombers have produced three big upset wins this season and go into this game as a betting outsider ($2.02 @ Unibet). They have saluted when underdogs against Collingwood, Geelong and West Coast and will be hoping to add the Tigers to this list.
These teams met twice last season with Richmond winning both contests.
When the sides met most recently at the MCG in Round 17 Dustin Martin stole the show with 43 possessions and two goals as he polled three Brownlow votes.
After an electric start to the season Martin has had a quiet month and will be eager to put himself back into Brownlow Medal contention with a big game.
The Bombers Brownlow chance Zach Merrett has gone the other way, after opening at $81 he is a $21 chance now (@ Sportsbet) and again racked up the touches last week with a game high 37.
This will be a terrific contest, the smart play might be to take either team to win by Under 15.5 points which also gives you the insurance of the draw, but if you want to have a Head-to-Head bet we are going to give the yellow and black one more chance to atone for a series of narrow defeats and claim the four points.
The winner of this game should put themselves in a position to play finals.
Dustin Martin had 43 touches when these teams last clashed and is worth a bet in the Player with 35 Disposals or More market ($3.40 @ Sportsbet).
EITHER TEAM UNDER 15.5