AFL Live Essendon Bombers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 08 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 14 May 2016 online, 13.45 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Essendon continue to give their best for as long as they can, while North are yet to lose.
Essendon are trying their hardest, but class is starting to tell in the end. Only six goals down at three quarter-time against the Swans, they ended up losing by 81 points. Their draw has been reasonably kind up to this point, but are in a rough patch now.
North is sitting pretty with a 7-0 start to the season. Their last two wins, against the Bulldogs and St Kilda, have come despite not playing their best football, which is a positive. The free-scoring has started to dry up, but their defence has held firm.
We can get instant value in the market, if we can predict who Ben Jacobs will tag. I’m tipping David Zaharakis. Therefore, the likes of Zach Merrett ($5.50) should be running free all afternoon, collect disposals with ease. I also like Orazio Fantasia in group B to have the most touches paying $10 and between you and me… this is why. Since Dempsey came back into the team, Fantasia has been pushed forward (9 and 13 touches) and not allowed the freedom he was enjoying when he was having 25 and 29 possession games as a defender/wingman. Dempsey and even Gwilt are out, and this means a change in role for Fanta with more possessions.
Essendon are 36% ATS at Etihad in the last five years. The 54.5 points start in this game is the second highest for the Bombers since the start of 2012. The other was against Sydney last week, where they were unable to cover it.
The Roos are in a lull in form, which is the best time to get the Bombers, along with the chance to rest a few sore players, as injuries and niggles start to appear. But, percentage is going to be a factor in such an even year, and even though North sits on top of the ladder, they only have the fifth highest percentage.
The Bombers are yet to play at Etihad this year, and it is a ground that won’t suit them given that their opposition is always going to be more skilled this season. North will control the play, and the question around this like match, like with many Dons games, will be how hard they want to go.
B: M.Dea, N.Grima, M.Baguley
HB: J.Kelly, M.Hartley, B.Goddard
C: O.Fantasia, D.Zaharakis, Z.Merrett
HF: C.McKenna, M.Brown, P.Ambrose
F: K.Langford, J.Daniher, M.Redman
Foll: M.Leuenberger, A.Cooney, C.Bird
I/C: D.Parish, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, J.Polkinghorne, R.Crowley
Emg: J.Merrett, J.Gwilt, S.Michael
Ins: C.McKenna, P.Ambrose, K.Langford, D.Parish
Outs: C.Dempsey (hamstring), J.Simpkin (hamstring), J.Gwilt (rested), S.McKernan (quad)
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B: J.Macmillan, R.Tarrant, L.McDonald
HB: N.Dal Santo, S.Thompson, S.Atley
C: S.Gibson, A.Swallow, B.Jacobs
HF: B.Brown, J.Waite, R.Nahas
F: B.Harvey, D.Petrie, L.Thomas
Foll: T.Goldstein, B.Cunnington, J.Ziebell
I/C: B.McKenzie, A.Mullett, M.Wood, M.Daw
Emg: R.Clarke, T.Dumont, F.Ray
Ins: L.Thomas, B.McKenzie, M.Daw
Outs: S.Higgins (knee), D.Wells (quad), M.Firrito (managed)