All eyes will be on Essendon and coach Ben Rutten in what could be his final game as senior coach, while Richmond will look to enter finals full of steam.
The Bombers (7-14, 85.4%) are coming off an 84-point defeat to Port Adelaide that gave way to boardroom upheaval and intense focus on Rutten’s role, with the club launching a failed 11th-hour bid for Alastair Clarkson.
Richmond (12-8-1, 118.7%) is guaranteed a finals berth after last week’s win over Hawthorn, with it now only a matter of whether the side finishes seventh or eighth by the end of the round.
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Noah Cumberland got the Tigers off to a solid start with a major, but Essendon replied instantly with a running goal from Jake Stringer from 50 metres out.
Cumberland crumbed a pack shortly after to make it three goals in the space of two minutes to start the match.
This match gets underway at 7:25pm AEST from the MCG.
Watch it live on Fox Footy (channel 504) from 7pm AEST.
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