Fri, Aug 17, 8:42am by Head Editor
Richmond Premiership skipper Trent Cotchin has been ruled out of his club’s game against Essendon on Friday night with hamstring soreness.
Damien Hardwick’s charges cannot be displaced from a top two finish which leaves them in the envious position of being able to manage some of their key players ahead of another September run.
David Astbury, Dion Prestia, Kane Lambert and Ivan Soldo will also be sitting in the stands alongside Cotchin when the yellow and black aim to extend their winning run at the MCG to an incredible 20 games.
Toby Nankervis will return for the Tigers alongside Sam Lloyd, Liam Baker, Reece Conca and Ryan Garthwaite while Matt Dea and Matt Guelfi return for the Bombers, who will take the field without injured pair Orazio Fantasia and Ben McNiece.
The Bombers were wound in from $3.60 to $2.80 on the back of the Richmond team news, while the Tigers are out from $1.30 to $1.45 to win their eighth in a row against the red and black.
Elsewhere, Geelong coach Chris Scott has swung the axe, making four changes for Saturday’s must-win match against Fremantle.
Harry Taylor, Jordan Murdoch, Jackson Thurlow and Ryan Abbott return to the side at the expense of Rhys Stanley, who has a calf injury, while James Parsons, Quinton Narkle and Lachie Fogarty have all been dropped.
2015 Brownlow Medalist Nat Fyfe will play his first game since Round 15 against the Cats but the Dockers haven’t got much support, they’re at $10.50 while Geelong are in at $1.05.
Paddy Ryder returns from a hip flexor injury to face Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday in what is a must-win game for Port Adelaide.
The Power are $2.90 to secure a win which will go a long way to seeing them secure their second finals berth in as many years, while the Magpies are $1.42 to secure their place in September for the first time since 2013.
In other selection news, St Kilda dropped Nathan Freeman while Gold Coast’s Michael Barlow is in for his second game of the year.
Hugh Goddard returns to a Saints line-up who face Hawthorn side that have been boosted by the return of No.1 ruckman Ben McEvoy.
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