AFL Live Essendon Bombers vs West Coast Eagles Stream AFL 2017 Regular Seasons Round 09 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Sunday 21 May 2017 online, 13:10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
AFL Sunday action sees the Essendon Bombers take on the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium and the Round 9 clash pits the 3rd placed Eagles against the Bombers, who are 11th.
Both sides come into this after registering impressive wins in Round 8 but it is the Eagles that head in as favourites, despite their poor record in Melbourne.
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Essendon enjoyed a memorable 17 point victory over Geelong in Round 8 and a highlight of the performance was their hard running and dominance in the midfield, as well as the exploits of their forwards, including Joe Daniher, who booted five goals.
A night earlier, West Coast accounted for the Western Bulldogs by eight points in a scrappy game at Domain Stadium. The Eagles showed plenty of dominance in the air and at ground level but their finishing in front of goals left a bit to be desired. Chief big man Josh Kennedy, booted 2.6 in an errant display.
The Eagles come to Melbourne having won six of their eight games but their two losses have been in Melbourne, albeit at the MCG. They are the competition’s 2nd ranked contested marking side and Kennedy should have an influence, provided he has his kicking boots on, while Jeremy McGovern can thwart the Bombers with his intercept marking.
If the Perth based club bring their A-game they should be had to beat. Sam Mitchell, Andrew Gaff and Matt Priddis will find plenty of the footy and that trio will go head to head with the likes of David Zaharakis and Jackson Merrett.
Interestingly, both sides measure up closely in a number of statistical measures, including scoring as well as disposals this season.
The result may come down to accuracy. Joe Daniher has booted 8.2 in his last two appearances but his radar was missing the last time he played at Etihad when he contributed 2.6 against Melbourne three weeks ago.
Josh Kennedy is coming second in the race for the Coleman Medal and has booted 27.19 so far this year. Michael Hurley may get the job on the spearhead this weekend.
B: M.Dea, M.Hurley, M.Baguley
HB: J.Kelly, M.Hartley, D.Zaharakis
C: D.Parish, Z.Merrett, B.Goddard
HF: J.Stewart, C.Hooker, T.Colyer
F: A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, J.Daniher, C.McKenna
FOL: M.Leuenberger, D.Heppell, O.Fantasia
I/C: A.McGrath, J.Watson, J.Green, D.Myers
EMG: C.Bird, T.Bellchambers, J.Merrett
West Coast Eagles:
B: B.Sheppard, T.Barrass, S.Hurn
HB: S.Butler, J.McGovern, E.Yeo
C: A.Gaff, M.Priddis, C.Masten
HF: D.Sheed, J.Darling, M.LeCras
F: F.McInnes, J.Kennedy, L.Duggan
FOL: N.Vardy, S.Mitchell, L.Shuey
I/C: J.Redden, S.Wellingham, J.Cripps, K.Mutimer
EMG: D.Petrie, J.Nelson, J.Hill