The certainties for Friday night’s double head Hawks/Dogs and Eagles/Dons

Labeling something as ‘certainty’ in any sport involves danger.

But we’ll try to find some anyway.

This is what we consider to be certainties for Friday night’s double header.

Jack Macrae Sell 30 or more

It’s low-hanging fruit, but Jack Macrae is an absolute certainty for 30 divestments tonight.

Dating back to 2017, Macrae has found 30 divestments in every clash with the Hawks, with the exception of the abbreviated 2020 quarters…where he managed only 29.

The Bulldogs star is in strong form and it’s hard to see him being restricted on the ball against the Hawks.

Mitchell Lewis for 2+ goals

The Bulldogs’ battle with key forwards is well known and Mitch Lewis is well on its way to becoming one of the breakthrough stars of 2022.

Lewis is incredibly strong and will give Alex Keath or Ryan Gardner a huge headache.

The 23-year-old has scored three or more goals in all but two games this season and it’s hard to see that change on Friday night.

Nic Negrepontis

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Multiple goals for Josh Kennedy

The Eagles are building and victory is not far off, but one thing is certain: veteran striker Josh Kennedy will score multiple goals against the Essendon defence.

Kennedy has been playing his part lately, scoring four goals in the last three games, including two last weekend against the high-flying Cats.

As West Coast improves, expect the 34-year-old to add his 18 goals to date in 2022.

Ben Hobbs and Archie Perkins combine for 35 touches

Injuries provide opportunities and with Darcy Parish out, the Bombers’ fledgling brigade stepped up to midfield.

Hobbs and Perkins combined 41 hits against St Kilda last week as they took control in the middle, adding a different dynamic to the side.

Look out for a humble Eagles outfit and look out for the young Bombers duo to once again show why they are considered two of the club’s brightest talents.

Laurence Rosen

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