AFL Live Essendon Bombers vs Brisbane Lions Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, AFL Round 08 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Sunday 24 May 2015 online, 13.10pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Essendon Bombers are on the skids. After a promising start they have lost three of their past four games and have really struggled to kick goals. Whilst the Lions have turned it around, having won two on the trot.
The Bombers are sweating on fitness tests for Paul Chapman, Adam Cooney, Jake Carlisle and David Zaharakis. The Lions will be hoping Sam Mayes and Claye Beams are available with Liam Dawson a chance to make his debut after four majors in the NEAFL.
Essendon is 11th on the ladder having lost three of their last four games. The rank 16th in points per game (average just 66 points in their last four games) but have conceded the sixth least amount of points. Brisbane is 16th on the ladder having won two in a row after losing their first five games. They rank 17th both points scored and points allowed per game.
Essendon and Brisbane have played 25 times since the merger, with the Lions leading 12-12 with one draw. Since the start of 2010, the Bombers are 2-3 (3-2 against the line) vs Brisbane. Essendon is 12-10 (8-14 against the line) at the Dome since the start of 2013. Brisbane is 8-16 (10-14 against the line) away from Queensland since the start of 2013. They are 4-4 both head-to-head and ATL at Etihad Stadium during that time frame. Four of their last six games have totalled under 175-points. The Lions are 2-4 both head-to-head and against the line when on a two game winning streak since the start of 2012. Seven games in round 7 went over the total points line.
If there is ever a chance for Essendon to regain the form they showed at the start of the season, it’s now. The Lions have turned their defence around in the past two weeks but it’s not water-tight by any stretch. Brisbane’s midfield is humming along but will struggle to score against Essendon’s twin pillars of Michael Hurley and Cale Hooker whilst Mark Baguely is an under-rated back-pocket. Expect Essendon to win and keep Brisbane to a very low total.
B Michael Hibberd, Cale Hooker, Mark Baguley
HB Michael Hurley, Dustin Fletcher, Martin Gleeson
C Brent Stanton, Jobe Watson, Adam Cooney
HF Jackson Merrett, Patrick Ambrose, Dyson Heppell
F Zach Merrett, Jake Carlisle, Joe Daniher
FOLL Tom Bellchambers, Brendon Goddard, Jake Melksham
I/C FROM Travis Colyer, Courtenay Dempsey, Ben Howlett, Paul Chapman, Orazio Fantasia, Shaun Edwards, Shaun McKernan
IN Adam Cooney, Jake Carlisle, Paul Chapman, Orazio Fantasia, Shaun Edwards
OUT Jason Ashby (shoulder), Kyle Langford (quad)
NEW Shaun Edwards
B Darcy Gardiner, Justin Clarke, Jed Adcock
HB James Aish, Marco Paparone, Harris Andrews
C Lewis Taylor, Dayne Beams, Daniel Rich
HF Dayne Zorko, Daniel McStay, Allen Christensen
F Josh Green, Matthew Leuenberger, Mitch Robinson
FOLL Stefan Martin, Tom Rockliff, Jack Redden
I/C FROM Rohan Bewick, Claye Beams, Nick Robertson, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Ryan Lester, Mitch Golby
IN Rohan Bewick, Claye Beams, Liam Dawson
NEW Liam Dawson