Essendon will look to continue its late-season surge and keep its critics at bay with a win over North Melbourne on Sunday.
The Bombers (6-12, 86.5%) have shown encouraging signs in the second half of the season, but a loss to the bottom Kangaroos team will ratchet up the pressure once again.
North Melbourne (2-16, 54.7%) is level with West Coast in the winning category in 2022 as interim coach Leigh Adams remains in charge.
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Both teams were forced to make crucial changes before the game.
Bombers midfielder Dylan Schill was forced off the field late on through injury and was replaced by Archie Perkins. Jaye Menzie was the first sub-division of Medi.
The Kangaroos have been hit by Covid, with Jack Mahoney and Lachie Young out of the competition and replaced by Kane Turner and Phoenix Spicer.
This game kicks off at 4:40pm AEST from Marvel Stadium.
Watch it live on Fox Footy (Channel 504) from 4pm AEST.
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