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AFL’s Comeback Derby favours the Hawks

Fri, Mar 24, 3:07pm by Head Editor

There will be plenty of new faces, and some old faces returning for both clubs when the Bombers and the Hawks write another chapter in their famous rivalry at the MCG  on Saturday night.

Five of the 34 players who received a one-year suspension from WADA will run out for the Bombers, plus their number one draft pick Andrew McGrath.

Jobe Watson, Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley, Cale Hooker and Brent Stanton will play their first game in the red and black for more than 550 days while their opponents will also have some fresh faces in their line-up.

Those include boom recruits Jaeger O’Meara and Tom Mitchell while former Tiger Ty Vickery and ex-Crow Ricky Henderson have also been named. Former captain Luke Hodge will not be in the 22, due to a club-imposed suspension for being late to a training session.

The brown and gold will be skippered by Jarryd Roughead – on the comeback trail to footy after his cancer diagnosis last year – this is a great result for not just Hawthorn, but footy in general.

Making the night even more special is that his counterpart – Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell – hails from the same town of Leongatha.

It’s an amazing achievement for the town that is located 130 kilometres south-east of Melbourne and home to just to just 6,000 people. It’s sure to be a special moment when the pair come together for the coin toss having never captained their respective sides before.

Essendon will improve this season, but I’m expecting Hawthorn to be playing finals again and they’ll be too strong here.

Suggested Bet: Hawthorn to win by over 15 points: $1.67

Sportsbet Full Market:

Head to Head

Essendon $3.15

Hawthorn $1.36

Big Win Little Win

Essendon 1-39 $3.75

Essendon 40+ $15

Hawthorn 1-39 $2.10

Hawthorn 40+ $3.20

Draw $56


Essendon (+19.5) $1.92

Hawthorn (-19.5) $1.92

Tri Bet

Essendon to win by over 15 points: $5.50

Either side to win by under 16 points: $3

Hawthorn to win by over 15 points: $1.67

Odds sourced from Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing*

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