Friday night footy sees the Bombers facing off against the Lions at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.
Both teams have won three of their last four matches and come into Friday night as two of in-form sides of 2020.
Will the Lions stamp themselves as a genuine premiership contender, or will the Bombers prove that they are the real deal in 2020?
Essendon Form & Team News
The Bombers are in terrific form and have shown plenty of courage to win three of their last four games with some of their best players on the sidelines.
They hung on for a narrow win last week against the winless Adelaide and while it wasn't the prettiest of wins, the Dons will be glad they came out of Adelaide with the four points.
On the selection front, superstar Dylan Shiel returns to bolster their midfield stocks, which will be a massive boost against one of the premier on-ball divisions in the competition.
The Essendon team for Friday night can be found below:
FB: A. Francis, B. Zerk-Thatcher, M. Redman
HB: J. Ridley, M. Hurley, A. Saad
C: T. Cutler, D. Shiel, B. Ham
HF: W. Snelling, D. Zaharakis, D. Parish
FF: A. McDonald-Tipungwuti, J. Townsed, D. Smith
FOL: S. Draper, Z. Merrett, A. McGrath
I/C: T. Bellchambers, M. Gleeson, N. Cahill, J. Stewart
Brisbane Form & Team News
The Lions are right in the frame for the 2020 AFL Premiership and it is hard to argue with that based on their form in recent weeks.
Barring a poor display against Geelong three weeks ago, they haven’t really put a foot wrong since the reason restart, with their biggest win coming against the top of the table Port Adelaide
in round five when beating them by 37 points.
The Lions have a host of changes this week with promising half back Alex Witherden the notable inclusion.
The Brisbane team for Friday night clash can be found below:
FB: C. Ah Chee, H. Andrews, D. Gardiner
HB: A. Witherden, G. Birchall, B. Starcevich
C: M. Robinson, D. Zorko, H. McCluggage
HF: J. Berry, C. Rayner, L. McCarthy
FF: Z. Bailey, E. Hipwood, C. Cameron
FOL: O. McInerney, J. Lyons, L. Neale
I/C: S. Skinner, C. Ellis-Yolmen, C. Ballenden, N. Answerth
Essendon vs Brisbane Head to Head
Essendon have got the better of the Lions in recent times, the last including 47 point belting last year when Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti kicked seven goals.
Most of the recent results have been decided by around the five goal margin and that looks likely to occur again tonight.
Essendon vs Brisbane Betting Odds
Brisbane has been installed as the short-priced favourite in this clash at $1.41 with the Bombers have been priced as the outsiders at $2.90.
The line has been set at -14.5 for the Lions.
Essendon vs Brisbane Match Up
Charlie Cameron is without doubt one of the best small forwards in the competition, kicking 15 goals from just the eight matches this season.
The Essendon defence will have their work cut out to stop him with Mason Redman the likely man to get the first opportunity to quell the Coleman Medal
If the Bombers can stop him somehow, it will go a long way to making the match much closer than anticipated, due to the Lions key forwards struggling in recent weeks.