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Essendon will renew hostilities with Collingwood in its return to Friday night footy tonight.

The Bombers have made three changes as they look to bounce back from last week's defeat to Carlton, with Jayden Laverde and club debutants Mitch Hibberd and Andrew Phillips replacing Zach Merrett (suspended), Aaron Francis (injured) and Tom Bellchambers (managed).

The match will be broadcast live on Channel Seven, but you can also head to our MATCH CENTRE for live scores, player stats, news and videos during the game.