Australian Football League Live Essendon Bombers vs Geelong Cats Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 10 math will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Saturday 06 June 2015 online, 19.20pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Both the Essendon Bombers and Cats have lost two of their past three games and are striving for consistency. Only one game separates 6th-13th on the ladder and these teams are looking to establish themselves as finals chances.
The Cats will likely be without both Mitch Clark (calf) and Rhys Stanley (knee) with basketballer-turned-footballer Michael Luxford likely to make his debut. Josh Walker, Jake Kolodjashnij, Jarrad Jansen and George Horlin-Smith are knocking on the door of a side missing Jimmy Bartel, Mitch Duncan and Nathan Vardy from its best 22. The Bombers will be without super-veteran Dustin Fletcher and captain Jobe Watson who join best team members David Zaharakis, David Myers and Heath Hocking on the sidelines. Kyle Langford, Orazio Fantasia, Shaun Edwards, Elliot Kavanagh and Alex Browne are pushing for spots.
The Bombers are 4-5 to sit 10th on the ladder with a 1-4 (2-3 against the line) record against teams in the eight. They rank just 14th for points scored and 7th for least amount of points against this season. The Cats are 12th on the table with the same 4-5 record. They are 12th for both most points scored and most points conceded this season.
Geelong and Essendon have met 212 times with the Bombers leading 113 to 94 with five draws. Geelong has a great recent record though (like they do against most teams), winning 13 of the last 16 matches including going 9-1 since 2005. Since 2010, Geelong is 5-1 (4-2 against the line) vs the Bombers. The Cats are 15-3 (but only 7-11 against the line) at Etihad Stadium under Chris Scott. Essendon is 13-10 (9-14 against the line) at the Dome since the start of 2013. Nine of the last 10 match-ups have totalled over 197-points. The Bombers average just 76-points in their last six games this season.
Despite not being able to score points, the Bombers seemingly have one of the better defences in the competition led by big man duo Cale Hooker and Michael Hurley. They will make it hard for Geelong big man Tom Hawkins to dominate but the pure strength of the Cats’ midfield gives them the advantage here. Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan and Jared Rivers will ensure Joe Daniher and Jake Carlisle won’t get it all their own way whilst expect Steve Motlop to fire after his lacklustre performance against the Eagles.
B James Gwilt, Michael Hurley, Michael Hibberd
HB Martin Gleeson, Cale Hooker, Mark Baguley
C Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett, Brendon Goddard
HF Travis Colyer, Patrick Ambrose, Orazio Fantasia
F Jake Carlisle, Joe Daniher, Adam Cooney
FOL Tom Bellchambers, Brent Stanton, Elliott Kavanagh
I/C Ben Howlett, Paul Chapman, Jake Melksham, Courtenay Dempsey
EMG Alex Browne, Jackson Merrett, Shaun Edwards
IN James Gwilt, Orazio Fantasia, Elliott Kavanagh
OUT Jobe Watson (Groin), Dustin Fletcher (Groin), Jackson Merrett (Omitted)
B Jared Rivers, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
HB Jackson Thurlow, Tom Lonergan, James Kelly
C Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Steven Motlop
HF Mathew Stokes, Rhys Stanley, Steve Johnson
F Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Shane Kersten
FOL Mark Blicavs, Cameron Guthrie, Josh Caddy
I/C Jed Bews, Cory Gregson, Darcy Lang, Josh Walker
EMG George Horlin-Smith, Jake Kolodjashnij, Michael Luxford
IN Josh Walker
OUT Mitch Clark (Calf)