Australian Football League Live Essendon Bombers vs Gold Coast Suns Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 21 match will be kickoff at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne , Australia, Sunday 14 August 2016 online, 13.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Essendon have accepted their lot in 2016, giving effort most weeks but lacking overall class. They kicked poorly in an 11 goal loss to Geelong last week, and could have finished closer.
Gold Coast have only won one of their last four, but have performed above their station in all. Single figure losses in the last two week, to GWS and Melbourne, were not to be sneezed at. A win over Fremantle and a loss to the Dogs in Cairns were also solid performances.
Stats That Matter
Gold Coast has won their last two matches against Essendon, after losing their first four. The Suns won their Round 1 clash earlier this year, by 61 points.
Essendon have started under $4 four times this year, and yet to cover the line in this circumstance. They are 57% ATS at Etihad, against 25% ATS elsewhere.
Gold Coast have covered the line their last three matches. They are one win from seven matches interstate this year, at -14% POT and 57% ATS. They haven’t played at Etihad this season, but were -1% POT and 60% ATS from five matches there across 2014-15.
It feels a lifetime ago that Essendon first hosted Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium, when Kyle Reimers kicked eight goals, Essendon booted 15 in the first quarter and the Bombers finished three points shy of reaching the 200-point final score. There is no chance of that being repeated this Sunday, with the Bombers stuck on the bottom of the ladder and coming off a 66-point loss to Geelong. Gold Coast was also defeated on the weekend, but the Suns pushed top-four hopefuls Greater Western Sydney to eight points at Metricon Stadium. The Suns are finishing off a poor season in good form and should be able to account for the Bombers.
Gold Coast have been playing good solid football for a couple of months now, but have had enough losses during it that they shouldn’t take anything for granted here.
They have performed above their station against better sides, and now need to bring that effort on the road when expectation is high. If they can get enough of the footy forward to Tom Lynch and Peter Wright, the two Suns key forwards should combine for ten or more goals, particularly given Lynch has the Coleman medal in his sights.
B: M.Dea, M.Hartley, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
HB: M.Gleeson, S.Michael, A.Francis
C: Z.Merrett, D.Zaharakis, W.Hams
HF: A.Cooney, P.Ambrose, O.Fantasia
F: J.Laverde, J.Daniher, D.Parish
R: M.Leuenberger, C.Bird, B.Goddard
I/C From: C.Dempsey, K.Langford, C.McKenna, J.Polkinghorne
IN: J.Polkinghorne, C.Bird, S.Michael,
OUT: J.Kelly (Rested), S.McKernan (Illness), M.Brown (Groin)
EMERG: J.Merrett, M.Redman, S.Grimley
Gold Coast Suns:
B: S.Lemmens, S.May, K.Kolodjashnij
HB: J.Harbrow, R.Thompson, A.Sexton
C: J.Schoenfeld, M.Hallahan, M.Shaw
HF: B.Matera, T.Lynch, J.Grant
F: S.Day, P.Wright, R.Davis
R: T.Nicholls, J.Martin, T.Miller
I/C: M.Rosa, C.Ah Chee, J.Joyce
EMG: C.Cameron, K.Brooksby, S.Tape, J.Garlett
IN: M.Hallahan, S.Lemmens
OUT: N.Malceski, J.Lonergan