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Preview: Dockers v Dons

BTV: Rd 22 | Team Selection Senior Coach John Worsfold takes us through the team to face Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Where and when: Optus Stadium, Saturday August 17, 6.10pm AWST

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What it means for Fremantle: The Dockers need to dust themselves off after the shattering loss to St Kilda because the finals door is still ajar. Win both of their remaining games and they could sneak in if results fall their way. 

What it means for Essendon: One more win would all but secure September action but it's about more than that for the Dons, who need to show some spirit and fight after losses to the Dogs and Power by a combined 163 points.

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Last time they met: The Bombers prevailed by seven points in a dour contest at Marvel Stadium in round nine, snapping a three-game losing streak. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti kicked three of Essendon's eight goals, while Dylan Shiel registered his first goal as a Don. Despite leading by 26 points midway through the final term, a late Freo fightback ensured a nervy finish for the Dons.

 

The stat: Essendon has lost on eight of the past nine trips west by an average of 47 points. The Dons' sole win was by 28 points over West Coast last year. 

 

The match-up: Nat Fyfe v Dyson Heppell

Heppell is stoically fighting on despite carrying a foot injury and the Bombers skipper could get the job on his Fremantle counterpart. Fyfe, the game's best onballer according to AFL Player Ratings, is coming off a monster 35 disposals, 11 inside 50s and two goals and could join elite company as a dual Brownlow medallist with a big finish to the season.

 

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