Sunday’s (07/08/2016) AFL 2016 Round 20 match is between Geelong Cats and Essendon Bombers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 15:20 local time with the game to be played at Etihad Stadium. The home team Geelong Cats are the favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Geelong Cats and Essendon Bombers.
When: 15:20 | Sunday 07/08/2016
Where: Etihad Stadium
B: A.Mackie, H.Taylor, C.Enright
HB: J.Bews, T.Lonergan, L.Henderson
C: C.Guthrie, J.Selwood, M.Blicavs
HF: S.Selwood, Z.Smith, S.Motlop
F: J.Bartel, T.Hawkins, D.Menzel
R: R.Stanley, P.Dangerfield, M.Duncan
I/C from: J.Caddy, N.Cockatoo, J.Cowan, S.Kersten, D.Lang, S.Menegola, T.Ruggles
IN: L.Henderson, S.Selwood, J.Caddy, S.Kersten, D.Lang
OUT: L.McCarthy, J.Kolodjashnij.
B: M.Dea, M.Hartley, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
HB: M.Gleeson, A.Francis, C.Dempsey
C: Z.Merrett, D.Zaharakis, J.Merrett
HF: J.Kelly, P.Ambrose, M.Brown
F: J.Laverde, J.Daniher, A.Cooney
R: M.Leuenberger, C.Bird, B.Goddard
I/C from: D.Parish, M.Redman, K.Langford, W.Hams, C.McKenna, J.Polkinghorne, S.Grimley
IN: J.Kelly, M.Brown, S.Grimley, J.Merrett, M.Redman
OUT: S.Michael, O.Fantasia.
Geelong ruckman Zac Smith says it’s important his side bank a percentage-boosting AFL win on Sunday when they face Essendon.
The Cats are locked in a tight battle for a top-four berth, with just 0.1 of a percentage point separating them and fifth-placed Adelaide on the ladder.
Smith acknowledged his team must make the most of a meeting with cellar-dwelling Essendon.
“It’s a big opportunity to boost our percentage,” Smith said on Thursday.
“We’ve got a really big opportunity over the next month.
“Obviously, we want to get the win and the four points but, to boost your percentage, when it’s this close, would be a really big bonus.”
The Crows will look to do the same against Brisbane in round 20.
“It’s so tight at the top … it’s going to be a really, really tight squeeze – particularly into the top four,” Smith said.
Geelong struggled when they faced Essendon in round four at the MCG, only kicking clear in the final quarter to prevail by 30 points.
Chris Scott’s side face Essendon, Richmond, Brisbane and Melbourne in a cushy run to September.
However, three of Geelong’s five defeats this year have come against sides in the bottom half of the ladder.
“Hopefully, we learned our lesson from those few games we dropped earlier in the season,” Smith said.
“We really need to win these games to have a real crack at the finals.”