Australian Football League Live Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers Live Stream Free, AFL 2017 Seasons Week 19 Stream. Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers match will be kickoff at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Sunday 30 July 2017 online, 13:10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Western Bulldogs have put together two straight wins – against Carlton and Gold Coast – and are looking to win three straight for the first time this season. The Bulldogs are up to 10th on the ladder with a 9-8 record. They have the fifth best defence in the AFL but rank a lowly 16th in scoring. The Bulldogs are 8-2 in Melbourne this year.
Essendon have been in hot form of late with three straight wins, all by margins of 27 or greater. The Bombers are now eighth on the ladder with a 9-8 record. Essendon rank fourth in scoring but rank a much worse 11th in defence. The Bombers have surpassed 100 points scored in seven of their last 10 matches.
This truly is an ‘eight point game’ with a spot in the eight up for grabs for the victor. Essendon head in as slight favourites in the head to head betting and have won their past three in impressive fashion.
However, the Bulldogs have enjoyed a couple of confidence boosting performances in recent weeks and may have regained their mojo.
The wheels fell off for the premiers in an eight-week period in the middle of the season when they lost six games but after defeating Carlton by 20 and Gold Coast by 54, Luke Beveridge’s side are well and truly back in finals contention.
However, Beveridge will need to find a way for his side to restrict Essendon’s scoring as the Bombers have blown sides away in games at Etihad Stadium this season. The Dons rank 4th in the competition for points scored, with Joe Daniher leading the way with 48 goals to his credit.
The job in the backline will be tricky for the Dogs, who have lost Dale Morris to injury. At the other end of the ground, Beveridge’s side rank 16th for points scored and will need big contributions from their forwards, including Liam Picken, who booted six majors in the win over the Suns last weekend.
Other key match ups will occur in the midfleid, where the Dons’ Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett and Jobe Watson take on the likes of Marcus Bontempelli. Merrett, Heppell and Watson combined for almost 90 disposals in the 27-point win over North Melbourne last weekend and will need big games again if the Dons are to fire.
B: S. Biggs, Z. Cordy, J. Johannisen
HB: E. Wood, L. Young, M. Suckling
C: L. Hunter, M. Wallis, B. Dale
HF: T. McLean, L. Picken, T. Dickson
F: R. Murphy, M. Bontempelli, L. Dahlhaus
R: J. Roughead, T. Liberatore, J. Macrae,
I/C from: T. Cloke, M. Honeychurch, B. Williams, C. Daniel
IN: T. Cloke, T. Dickson
OUT: D. Morris (Arm), J. Redpath (Suspension)
B: A. McGrath, M. Hartley, J. Kelly
HB: M. Gleeson, M. Hurley, M. Baguley
C: Z. Merrett, B. Goddard, D. Parish
HF: J. Watson, C. Hooker, D. Heppell
F: O. Fantasia, J. Daniher, A. McDonald-Tipungwuti
R: T. Bellchambers, D. Zaharakis, T. Colyer
I/C from: J. Stewart, D. Myers, J. Laverde, C. McKenna