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Aussie Rules: Bombers aim to complete three in a row

Essendon will be out to keep their top-eight hopes alive when they take on struggling North Melbourne on Sunday.

The race to make finals is always a tight one and the Bombers remain firmly in the mix after 11 rounds.

It is still relatively early days, but every game is crucial and Essendon will see the clash against North Melbourne as a 'must-win'.

The Kangaroos are also in need of a win, just to give the whole club a lift, as they sit second from bottom with just two wins all season.

Their cause is not helped by the uncertainty surrounding the future of coach Alastair Clarkson, who remains on leave for now.

Essendon are the hot fancies to come out on top, but as we saw last week shocks do happen and the Kangaroos cannot be dismissed.

WhatEssendon v North Melbourne
WhereMarvel Stadium, Melbourne
When16:40 (AEST). Sunday 4th June 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsEssendon 1.17, North Melbourne 5.25

Bombers find some form

Essendon have got their campaign back on track following back-to-back wins against West Coast Eagles and Richmond and need to make it three on the bounce.

The Bombers got the season off to an excellent start and there was even talk of them being genuine premiership contenders in 2023.

They went on to lose the next four games to burst that bubble, but in fairness they were against teams that should be pushing for the flag.

Collingwood, Port Adelaide, Geelong and Brisbane Lions all came out on top, but Essendon did not let the losses ruin them.

They are a different animal under new coach Brad Scott this season and bounced back well with the wins over the Tigers and Eagles.

The Bombers now have winnable games against North Melbourne and Carlton and could soon be back pushing for a spot in the top four.

Essendon have a good recent record against North Melbourne, winning the last three games, and nothing other than another win will suffice on Sunday.

Scott may also be handed a double boost heading into the game as key forward Peter Wright could make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Midfielder Dylan Shiel missed the win over the Eagles with a foot issue, but could return to face the Kangaroos.

If Shiel does return, he is priced at 2.20 to boot a goal at anytime during the game.

Ratten looking for first win

North Melbourne have suffered nine straight defeats and head into Sunday’s game on the back of a 35-point loss to Collingwood last weekend.

Hopes were high for an improved season with Clarkson at the helm, but after starting with two wins, they have been on the slide ever since.

Clarkson is currently on leave, with former St Kilda coach Brett Ratten attempting to steady the ship in his absence.

Ratten says he has been very impressed with the work that the players are putting in during training and they are desperate to improve.

Now they just need to try and turn it into wins to start climbing the ladder, ready for the return of Clarkson.

They did run Sydney Swans close, losing by just three points in round 10, while the loss to Collingwood was far from humiliating.

The Roos do have Nick Larkey in their ranks, who has booted 30 goals this season, and is priced at 1.08 to get another at anytime on Sunday.

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