Australian Football League Live Collingwood Magpies vs Essendon Bombers Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 23 math will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Sunday 06 September 2015 online, 15.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Both big Melbourne clubs look to end their year on a high with the Bombers looking to break a seven game losing streak and Collingwood looking for back-to-back wins.
The Bombers have added Tayte Pears, Alex Browne, Elliot Kavanagh, Shaun Edwards, Ariel Steinberg, Jason Ashby and Kyle Langford to their side. Paul Chapman, Courtney Dempsay, Michael Hibberd and Nick O’Brien are definitely out. There will be no fairytale finish for Dustin Fletcher. The Bombers are missing at least six of their best 22. The Pies have included Alan Toovey, Jarrod Witts, Adam Oxley, Ben Kennedy, Paul Seedsman and potential debutant Matthew Goodyear to their team. Dane Swan (hamstring), Ben Sinclair (hand) and Marley William (hamstring) go out. They have five of their best 22 out.
Essendon have lost seven in a row but battled hard in trying conditions against the Tigers last weekend. The Bombers have not lost eight in a row since round 11, 2008. Essendon is 4-8 (6-6 against the line) vs bottom ten teams in 2015. The Pies salvaged some pride when knocking Geelong out of finals contention last Friday night. Collingwood is 9-3 (8-4 and against the line) vs bottom-ten sides this season.
Essendon has faced Collingwood 231 times with the Pies leading the head-to-head match-up 127-100 with four draws. Since 2010, the Pies are 9-1 (8-2 against the line) vs the Bombers. The Magpies are 36-22 at the MCG under Nathan Buckley but only 23-35 against the line in those games. Essendon is 13-14-1 (14-14 against the line) at the MCG since the start of 2012. Their last three match-ups have all totalled under 144-points. Brendan Goddard has had the most disposals in an Essendon game four times this season. Dyson Heppell averages 32 possessions per game in his last three matches against Collingwood.
Essendon have lost in seven of the 10 games that they have led at quarter time and they are a league worst 50% when leading at half-time (3-3). The Pies have never won when trailing at three-quarter time this year whilst they are 9-1 when leading at half-time this season. A tip – if Essendon get out to a quarter-time lead, the Pies are a good chance to come back!
For the final game of the home and away season, The Wolf is backing the Pies to continue their recent dominance over the Bombers. The Pies showed last week that they can play well without key forawrd Travis Cloke with Alex Fasolo, Jesse White, Darcy Moore and Jamie Elliot providing plenty of variety in attack. After yet another season marred by the supplements saga, the Bombers can be excused for just wanting this season to be over and the Pies showed last week that they can capitalise on any lack of intensity from their opposition. If the Pies bring the same level of intent to this game as they did to their contest with Geelong last week, then they will maul the Bombers.
B: T.Langdon, N.Brown, J.Marsh
HB: B.Maynard, B.Reid, A.Oxley
C: J.Crisp, T.Adams, S.Sidebottom
HF: T.Varcoe, D.Moore, J.De Goey
F: A.Fasolo, J.White, J.Elliott
Foll: B.Grundy, L.Greenwood, S.Pendlebury
Inter (from): B.Kennedy, J.Blair, M.Scharenberg, J.Witts, A.Toovey, M.Goodyear, P.Seedsman
In: A.Oxley, B.Kennedy, J.Witts, A.Toovey, M.Goodyear, P.Seedsman
Out: D.Swan (knee), B.Sinclair (hand), M.Williams (hamstring)
New: Matthew Goodyear (Calder U18)
B: O.Fantasia, J.Carlisle, M.Baguley
HB: B.Stanton, M.Hurley, J.Melksham
C: H.Hocking, D.Heppell, D.Zaharakis
HF: J.Merrett, J.Laverde, B.Howlett
F: C.McKenna, J.Daniher, C.Hooker
Foll: S.McKernan, K.Langford, B.Goddard
Inter (from): A.Steinberg, J.Ashby, E.Kavanagh, S.Edwards, M.Gleeson, T.Pears, A.Browne
In: K.Langford, A.Steinberg, J.Ashby, E.Kavanagh, S.Edwards, T.Pears, A.Browne
Out: P.Chapman (retired), C.Dempsey (suspended), M.Hibberd (knee), N.O’Brien (hamstring)