AFL Live Essendon Bombers vs Western Bulldogs Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, AFL Round 18 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Sunday 02 August 2015 online, 15.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Western Bulldogs continue their march towards an unlikely finals appearance and should take care of the slumping Bombers.
The Bulldogs need big men Jordan Roughead (foot), Joel Hamling (back) and Fletcher Roberts (ankle) to pass fitness tests in order to be selected with Zaine Cordy, Nathan Hrovat, Tom Boyd and Mitch Honeychurch also in the mix. Koby Stevens and Tom Liberatore are best 22 midfielders who will miss. For the Bombers veterans Paul Chapman, Adam Cooney, Heath Hocking, Courtenay Dempsey and Jon Giles could be selected whilst Michael Hurley and Ben Howlett both must pass fitness tests. They are without at least four members of their best 22.
The Dogs are sixth on the ladder with 10 wins and six losses this season, just one game outside the top four. They’ve won five of their last six games, keeping the opposition to an average score of just 69-points. They rank seventh for both scoring and defending this season. The Bulldogs are 6-3 (5-5 against the line) vs bottom ten teams this year. The Bombers have lost seven of their past eight games to be 14th on the ladder. They rank 14th in scoring and 15th in most points conceded this season. Essendon is 4-5 (5-4 against the line) vs bottom ten teams in 2015.
Essendon and Western Bulldogs have met 156 occasions, with the Bombers leading 94-60 with two draws. Essendon have won seven of the last eight matches between the two sides. Since 2010, Essendon is 7-1 (3-5 against the line) vs the Bulldogs. Essendon is 13-14 (11-16 against the line) at the Dome since the start of 2013. The Bulldogs are 17-20 (but 21-16 against the line) at Etihad Stadium since the start of 2013. Seven of the past 10 games have totalled over 184-points.
The Bulldogs put Collingwood to the sword last week with a display that made The Wolf stand up and take notice. Yes the Pies were devoid of a fully functioning forward line, but so is Essendon outside of Joe Daniher and it is that fact that makes the Dogs at the line look so enticing. Only bad kicking (15.14) prevented them for an even bigger win over the Pies. Essendon had their biggest total of the year last week, but the Dogs will not allow them the easy ball movement that Port Adelaide did. Pressure, pressure and more pressure is the name of the game, and if the Bulldogs bring that manic intensity against Essendon then a nice win is likely.
B: C.Hooker, M.Hurley, M.Baguley
HB: B.Goddard, J.Carlisle, M.Hibberd
C: D.Heppell, N.O’Brien, B.Stanton
HF: K.Langford, J.Laverde, J.Melksham
F: A.Cooney, J.Daniher, J.Merrett
Foll: J.Giles, D.Zaharakis, Z.Merrett
Inter (from): P.Ambrose, M.Gleeson, B.Howlett, A.Steinberg
Emer: A.Browne, J.Gwilt, S.Edwards
In: J.Carlisle, J.Melksham, A.Cooney, J.Giles
B: D.Morris, M.Talia, M.Boyd
HB: R.Murphy, E.Wood, J.Johannisen
C: M.Bontempelli, J.Macrae, S.Biggs
HF: L.Dahlhaus, T.Dickson, S.Crameri
F: L.Hunter, J.Redpath, J.Stringer
Foll: T.Campbell, M.Wallis, L.Picken
Inter (from): J.Grant, T.Boyd, J.Prudden, B.Dale, S.Darley, C.Daniel, L.Jong
In: T.Boyd, S.Darley, L.Jong