Australian Football League Live Essendon Bombers vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 23 match will be kickoff at MCG Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 27 August 2016 online, 14.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The end of a long year for Essendon will be welcomed by fans and neutrals alike, while Carlton gets the chance to take two wins in a row into summer.
Essendon looked like they had reached the end with a disappointing loss to Brisbane, plus big defeats to Adelaide and Geelong, but bounced back with a win over the Suns and a spirited performance against the Dogs.
Carlton won their first game since Round 11 against Melbourne last week, putting an end to a nine match losing streak. The Blues have trod a fine balance of losing just enough to not compromise their draft position, while mostly remaining competitive.
Essendon leads Carlton 5-4 in their last ten meetings, with one draw, with all of these matches at the MCG. The Blues beat the Bombers earlier this year, 72 to 57.
Essendon have one win from six matches at the MCG this season, at +50% POT and 50% ATS. They average 67 points per game at the venue and 93 points against.
Carlton have three wins from eight games at the MCG this year, at -8% POT and 63% ATS. They have covered the line in four of their last six matches. Carlton are 2-2 when starting favourite this year.
In round 6, Kade Simpson took 9 marks against the Bombers and at $6, he’s a red hot chance to beat that this week. Last week, Bulldog defenders Johannisen (12 marks, 144pts) and Boyd (9 marks, 117pts) had a field day against Essendon and I’m expecting old mate Simmo to do the same. At $6.50, he’s great value in the Fantasy market too. For most tackles, it’s a two horse race, Cripps ($3.75) v Merrett ($3.75). But when I tell you that over the last three weeks, Cripps leads Merrett in this area 27 to 12. Based on that, you can clearly see who I’m getting on.
Hardly one of the most inspiring games of the final home and away round, but there is still something to be gained by both teams. Both sides have exceeded expectations in many ways, and would like one more win for their efforts.
Carlton look to have gotten their second wind late in the season, and will finish the year full of running, led by Cripps and Gibbs in the middle, and Docherty and Simpson down back. They should be able to generate more scoring opportunities than their Essendon counterparts, which will be enough to secure a comfortable victory.
B: M.Dea, M.Hartley, M.Gleeson
HB: B.Goddard, M.Brown, P.Ambrose
C: D.Zaharakis, Z.Merrett, J.Long
HF: J.Kelly, J.Laverde, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
F: D.Parish, J.Daniher, J.Merrett
R: M.Leuenberger, C.Bird, C.Dempsey
I/C: K.Langford, N.Kommer, C.McKenna, S.McKernan
EMG: W.Hams, J.Simpkin, M.Jamar
IN: B.Goddard, C.Dempsey, S.McKernan, N.Kommer
OUT: M.Jamar, A.Cooney, M.Stokes, O.Fantasia
B: L.Plowman, S.Rowe, J.Weitering
HB: Z.Tuohy, S.White, S.Docherty
C: K.Simpson, P.Cripps, D.Thomas
HF: L.Sumner, L.Jones, N.Graham
F: D.Buckley, L.Casboult, A.Phillips
R: M.Kreuzer, B.Gibbs, M.Wright
I/C: S.Kerridge, D.Armfield, D.Cuningham, J.Silvagni
EMG: A.Everitt, J.Tutt, B.Boekhorst
IN: S.Kerridge, J.Silvagni
OUT: A.Everitt, E.Curnow