Australian Football League Live GWS Giants vs Essendon Bombers Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 19 math will be kick off at Spotless Stadium, Sydney, Olympic Park, New South Wales, Australia, Sunday 09 August 2015 online, 15.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The slumping Bombers look to turn things around against a GWS side that is still striving for a maiden finals appearance.
The Bombers have added Courtenay Dempsey, Heath Hocking, Ben Howlett, Michael Hurley and Shaun Edwards to their extended squad with midfielders Alex Browne and Zach Merrett both out. They are without at least four players from their best 22. The Giants have made at least four changes with Matt Buntine, Jed Lamb, James Stewart and Tom Downie all missing after playing last week. They have added forgotten big man Jon Patton for his first game of the season along with Rhys Palmer, Devon Smith, Tom Bugg, Andrew Phillips, Nick Haynes and Cam McCarthy. They are missing two big guns – Dylan Shiel and Shane Mumford.
The Bombers are looking to bounce back after an 87-point loss to the Bulldogs and are looking to avoid their second four-game losing streak this season. They are 15th on the ladder with five wins and 12 losses. They rank 16th in scoring and 15th in most points conceded this year and average just 64-points per game in the last nine weeks. Essendon is 4-5 (5-4 against the line) vs bottom ten teams in 2015. The Giants have lost two in a row (to Geelong and Fremantle). They’re 10th on the table just two points outside of the eight. They rank 10th in scoring and ninth for defence this year but have scored just 105-points in the last fortnight. GWS is 7-2 (5-4 against the line) vs bottom ten teams this season.
Essendon have won their first four games against GWS by an 66, 39, 45 and 15 points. The Giants are 4-0 against the line vs the Bombers though. The Giants have a 9-17 (16-10 against the line) record at Spotless Stadium. The Bombers are 11-7 (9-9 against the line) when playing outside of Melbourne in the last three seasons. The Giants are 8-3 head-to-head (6-5 against the line) when starting as favourite in their short history. Giants are 0-3 (1-2 against the line) when on a two game losing streak since the start of 2014. The Bombers are 1-2 (1-2 against the line) when on a three game losing streak since the start of 2013. Three of their four match-ups have totalled over 170-points. The
Other than being without their number one ruckman and number one midfielder, the Giants are fielding one of their strongest sides for the year. They returned from Perth earlier in the year and took care of business against the Hawks a week later and should produce a similiar effort here. They weren’t far off challenging the Dockers last week and are primed to put another nail in the coffin of Essendon’s dismal season. In Phil Davis, Nick Haynes and Joel Patfull they have a defensive trio that can negate Carlisle and Daniher in front of a healthy home crowd.
B: T.Scully, P.Davis, N.Haynes
HB: J.Patfull, A.Corr, H.Shaw
C: W.Hoskin-Elliott, S.Coniglio, J.Kelly
HF: L.Whitfield, J.Cameron, T.Greene
F: R.Palmer, A.Phillips, D.Smith
Foll: R.Lobb, A.Treloar, R.Griffen
Inter (from): J.Patton, A.Tomlinson, N.Wilson, J.Steele, T.Bugg, C.Ward, C.McCarthy
In: T.Bugg, N.Haynes, R.Palmer, J.Patton, A.Phillips, D.Smith, C.McCarthy
Out: J.Lamb, T.Downie, J.Stewart, M.Buntine (concussion)
B: M.Gleeson, C.Hooker, M.Hurley
HB: M.Baguley, J.Gwilt, B.Goddard
C: C.Dempsey, H.Hocking, A.Cooney
HF: M.Hibberd, S.Edwards, J.Laverde
F: J.Merrett, J.Carlisle, J.Daniher
Foll: J.Giles, B.Stanton, D.Heppell
Inter (from): K.Langford, B.Howlett, N.O’Brien, A.Steinberg, P.Ambrose, J.Melksham, D.Zaharakis
In: C.Dempsey, S.Edwards, H.Hocking, B.Howlett, M.Hurley
Out: Z.Merrett (foot), A.Browne