AFL 2014 Live Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne,Sunday 20 July 2014 online, Time 16:40 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Bulldogs will welcome back Ryan Griffen with open arms after he missed last week with illness. Clay Smith put his hand up for a berth with a dominant display in the VFL as did Shaun Higgins and Brett Goodes but it remains to be seen how many changes Brendan McCartney makes to a winning side. Whilst the Bombers will welcome back Brendon Goddard from suspension and Michael Hibberd is a chance to resume from an ankle complaint. Don’t expect too many other changes after such a dominant win.
The Bulldogs rank 15th in points per game and third in tackles. They’ve moved up to 13th on the ladder after upsetting Gold Coast last weekend in Cairns. The Dogs are 1-5 (3-3 against the line) vs top-eight sides this year. The Bombers have the third best defence averaging just 75 points against per game this year – they rank first in kicks and marks per game. They sit seventh on the ladder with a 9-7 record. Essendon has a 6-2 (2-6 against the line) record against bottom-ten teams this season.
These two sides met in round 7 this season with the Bombers coming away with an eight point win. In a low-scoring affair only Luke Dahlhaus and Jobe Watson kicked multiple goals as Dustin Fletcher turned back the clock with a dominant defensive display. The Dogs led at half-time before kicking four goals to seven in the second half.
Essendon and Western Bulldogs have met 155 occasions, with the Bombers leading 93-60 with two draws. Essendon have won six of the last seven matches between the two sides. The Bombers have won their last five matches (3-2 against the line) against the Dogs by an average of 46 points. The Bulldogs are 9-14 (but 13-10 against the line) at the venue since the start of last year. Essendon is 8-9 (8-9 against the line) at the Dome since the start of last year.
B Liam Picken, Jordan Roughead, Jason Johannisen
HB Robert Murphy, Dale Morris, Adam Cooney.
C Koby Stevens, Matthew Boyd, Jack Macrae.
HF Marcus Bontempelli, Stewart Crameri, Lachie Hunter.
F Luke Dahlhaus, Jake Stringer, Nathan Hrovat.
Fol Will Minson, Ryan Griffen, Tom Liberatore.
I/C Mitch Wallis, Easton Wood, Mitch Honeychurch, Sam Darley, Jack Redpath, Tom Campbell, Mark Austin (three to be omitted)
In Adam Cooney, Ryan Griffen, Tom Campbell
B Dustin Fletcher, Cale Hooker, Mark Baguley
HB Courtenay Dempsey, Michael Hurley, Jason Winderlich
C Zach Merrett, David Zaharakis, Brendon Goddard
HF Heath Hocking, Jake Carlisle, Brent Stanton
F Paul Chapman, Joe Daniher, Patrick Ambrose
Fol Patrick Ryder, David Myers, Dyson Heppell
I/C Michael Hibberd, Nick O’Brien, Jake Melksham, Jackson Merrett, Ben Howlett, Cory Dell’Olio, Travis Colyer (three to be omitted)
In Brendon Goddard, Michael Hibberd, Nick O’Brien