Australian Football League Live Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers Live Stream Free, AFL 2017 Seasons Week 22 Stream. Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers match will be kickoff at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Saturday 19 August 2017 online, 19:25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Gold Coast’s season has unravelled and the struggling expansion club have lost their past six matches, with those losses coming at an average margin of 42 points.
Last weekend they went down to bottom placed Brisbane by 58 points, their first game since Rodney Eade was sacked as coach.
With the former Essendon premiership player, Dean Solomon, in charge, the Suns showed little to suggest that they can turn things around in the remaining weeks this season.
A host of their big-name players are either out of the side with injury or in poor form and the Saturday clash really looks to be cherry ripe for the taking for Essendon.
The Bombers were no match for the ladder leaders, Adelaide, last weekend but have won 10 of their 20 games, four more than the Suns, and remain in contention. They are just one game out of the eight and have a winnable game against Fremantle to come next week.
Zach Merrett returns from injury and his presence should ensure the Bombers can supply enough of the ball up to their forward line, where Joe Daniher, Cale Hooker and Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti loom large. That trio sit in the top 22 for goals scored this season with Daniher in second spot in the race for the Coleman Medal.
The Bombers rank fourth for points scored in 2017 and are high up in a number of other measures, including disposals and marks. Statistically, Gold Coast are inferior, except for clearances, ranking eighth, while the Dons are 18th.
Key players for the Suns include David Swallow, Aaron Hall and Jack Martin but their form and injuries would suggest a win is out of their reach.
Gold Coast lose Sean Lemmens to an ankle problem and the utility is one of 15 players on the injury list. Pearce Hanley and Gary Ablett are outside chances of returning from hamstring injuries.
Essendon regain Zac Merrett from suspension, while Mark Baguely is another likely in. Jobe Watson is a chance to be rested.
B: J.Harbrow, S.May, T.McKenzie
HB: J.Joyce, J.Leslie, A.Saad
C: P.Hanley, A.Hall, M.Rosa
HF: B.Fiorini, J.Martin, C.Ah Chee
F: D.Macpherson, P.Wright, B.Ainsworth
FOL: K.Brooksby, T.Miller, D.Swallow
I/C: J.Lonergan, M.Hallahan, J.Schoenfeld, M.Spencer
EMG: M.Willis, M.Rischitelli, B.Scheer
IN: P.Hanley, M.Hallahan, K.Brooksby, J.Lonergan, J.Leslie, B.Fiorini
OUT: D.Currie, J.Lyons, S.Lemmens, A.Sexton, J.Scrimshaw, J.Bowes
B: A.McGrath, M.Hartley, J.Kelly
HB: B.Goddard, P.Ambrose, C.McKenna
C: Z.Merrett, C.Bird, D.Heppell
HF: A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, C.Hooker, M.Gleeson
F: J.Laverde, J.Daniher, J.Stewart
FOL: T.Bellchambers, D.Zaharakis, D.Parish
I/C: M.Baguley, J.Green, J.Begley, D.Myers
EMG: B.Howlett, S.McKernan, M.Dea
IN: C.Bird, T.Bellchambers, M.Hartley, M.Baguley, Z.Merrett, J.Begley
OUT: J.Watson, M.Leuenberger, B.Howlett, M.Hurley, T.Colyer, M.Dea