New Essendon coach Brad Scott will be looking to secure a win in his first game at the helm, despite significant injury blows ahead of the clash with Hawthorn.
The Bombers will be without their two leading goal scorers from last year – Peter Wright and Jake Stringer.
Hawthorn is entering its second year under coach Sam Mitchell, with the side having lost more than 1000 games of senior experience over the off-season.
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This match gets underway at 3:20pm AEDT from the MCG.
Watch it live on Fox Footy (channel 503) from 3pm AEDT.
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