Australian Football League Live Collingwood Magpies vs Essendon Bombers Live Stream Free, AFL 2017 Seasons Week 16. Collingwood Magpies vs Essendon Bombers match will be kickoff at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 08 July 2017 online, 14:10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The AFL’s traditional rivals, Collingwood and Essendon, go head to head on Saturday afternoon at the MCG and the Round 16 clash between the two foes should be a beauty.
While both sides come off disappointing losses, they will be going all out to bounce back and there is plenty at stake as they try to revive their respective seasons.
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Collingwood have dropped their past three, slumping to 15th spot on the ladder and were done by Hawthorn to the tune of 24 points in Round 14. They sit with a win-loss record of 5-9 and the heat is once again on their coach, Nathan Buckley.
The tale is similar at Essendon. After a series of impressive performances, the Bombers have lost their past two and their win-loss record in now 6-8. They went down to Sydney in heartbreaking fashion in Round 14 by the barest or margins before choking to lowly Brisbane last week, giving up a 27 point lead in the early stages of the last term to go down by nine.
Essendon do appear to be the team to beat in this game, but it remains to be seen just how much the last two weeks have taken out of them, confidence wise.
Collingwood should have an advantage at winning the ball in the middle. With the likes of Scott Pendlebury, Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams, the Magpies rank 7th in the competition for average contested possessions and 6th for clearances, while the Bombers are 15th and 17th in these areas.
However, the issue for the Magpies throughout the season has been their ball use and they regularly butchered the footy against the Hawks last weekend. They rank 4th in the competition for inside 50s but are just 13th for points scored.
If Essendon brings their A-game they should account for their archrivals. They move the ball quickly from their backline and apart from a couple of tentative displays late in their recent games, their form has generally been pretty good.
Look for Dyson Heppell and Zach Merrett to have an influence, while Joe Daniher should once again prove to be a focal point up forward. The rangy forward has booted 38 goals this season and sits in 3rd spot on the league goal kicking table.
At the other end, Michael Hurley has been in career best form and should have a big game against a Pies side that will be relying on the American giant, Mason Cox, who booted three against the Hawks. Cox and his smaller counterparts in the forward line in Jamie Elliot and Alex Fasolo, will need big performances with Darcy Moore likely to miss.
B: J.Howe, L.Dunn, T.Langdon
HB: J.Crisp, T.Goldsack, B.Maynard
C: S.Sidebottom, S.Pendlebury, T.Varcoe
HF: J.De Goey, B.Reid, W.Hoskin-Elliott
F: J.Elliott, M.Cox, A.Fasolo
FOL: B.Grundy, T.Adams, A.Treloar
I/C: L.Greenwood, J.Thomas, T.Broomhead, J.Smith
EMG: J.Blair, M.Scharenberg, L.Keeffe
IN: B.Reid, T.Varcoe, J.Smith
OUT: J.Ramsay, D.Moore (hamstring), T.Phillips (illness)
B: M.Baguley, M.Hartley, A.McGrath
HB: B.Goddard, M.Hurley, J.Kelly
C: Z.Merrett, D.Heppell, M.Gleeson
HF: O.Fantasia, C.Hooker, D.Parish
F: J.Stewart, J.Daniher, J.Green
FOL: T.Bellchambers, J.Watson, T.Colyer
I/C: D.Zaharakis, D.Myers, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, C.McKenna
EMG: J.Begley, K.Langford, B.Howlett