Herald Sun

FRI­DAY NIGHT ANAL­Y­SIS

NORTH MEL­BOURNE v ESSENDON

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NORTH MEL­BOURNE

The Kan­ga­roos have de­fended dif­fer­ently to most sides this sea­son, push­ing num­bers into their de­fen­sive half to try to make it hard for their op­po­si­tion to score.

It is why they have an in­side-50 dif­fer­en­tial of -4.8 per game (ranked 13th) and why they have a time-in-for­ward-half dif­fer­en­tial of -7min 10sec per game (ranked 18th)

De­spite the num­bers flood­ing back, North Mel­bourne has still been the eighth eas­i­est side to score against once in­side 50, con­ced­ing a score from 47.3 per cent of the op­po­si­tion’s in­side-50s.

ESSENDON

Joe Dani­her’s ac­cu­racy in front of goal in wins com­pared to losses is stag­ger­ing.

He has had 23 shots at goal in Essendon’s five wins for a re­turn of 17.4.

In the team’s nine losses he has had 27 shots for a haul of 10.13.

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