Australian Football League (AFL) Live Essendon Bombers vs Collingwood Magpies match will be kick off at MCG, Melbourne,Sunday 13 july 2014 online, 15:20 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Bombers will have to deal without Brendon Goddard who is suspended. Michael Hibberd may return as could Tom Bellchambers and Dustin Fletcher. The Pies should welcome back experienced duo Nick Maxwell and Luke Ball with Jamie Elliot likely to miss another game.
Collingwood is sixth on the ladder at 9-6, two games outside of the top-four after 15 games. Recently, Nathan Buckley’s men are in a bit of a slump having lost three out of their past four matches although the Pies do have the fifth best defence in the league. Collingwood is 7-2 (5-4 against the line) vs bottom-ten sides this year. The Bombers are hanging on to the finals race but only just. They’re 10th at 8-7 having beaten both Adelaide sides in the past three weeks – with a loss to Geelong in the middle. The Bombers are 2-5 (4-3 against the line) vs top-eight sides in 2014.
Last Time They Met
The Bombers got off to a slick start in the ANZAC Day clash this year with a five-goals to nil opening term. The Pies kicked six goals to one in the second term to square it at half time before cruising away in the second half. Dane Swan and Steele Sidebottom did the damage with seven goals between them whilst Travis Cloke was held goalless. For the Bombers, Dyson Heppell and Brent Stanton topped the stats sheet.
B Dustin Fletcher, Cale Hooker, Jason Winderlich
HB Mark Baguley, Michael Hurley, Courtenay Dempsey
C David Zaharakis, Heath Hocking, David Myers
HF Paul Chapman, Joe Daniher, Jackson Merrett
F Travis Colyer, Jake Carlisle, Patrick Ambrose
FOLL Patrick Ryder, Brent Stanton, Dyson Heppell
I/C Ben Howlett, Jake Melksham, Zach Merrett, Cory Dell’Olio
EMG Elliott Kavanagh, Orazio Fantasia, Nick O’Brien
IN Dustin Fletcher, Cory Dell’Olio
OUT Brendon Goddard (Suspension), Kyle Hardingham (Omitted)
B Tom Langdon, Jack Frost, Alan Toovey
HB Marley Williams, Nick Maxwell, Heritier Lumumba
C Steele Sidebottom, Brent Macaffer, Paul Seedsman
HF Tyson Goldsack, Jesse White, Ben Kennedy
F Jarryd Blair, Travis Cloke, Dane Swan
FOLL Jarrod Witts, Dayne Beams, Scott Pendlebury
I/C Luke Ball, Taylor Adams, Clinton Young, Josh Thomas
EMG Tim Broomhead, Sam Dwyer, Lachlan Keeffe
IN Nick Maxwell, Jesse White, Luke Ball
OUT Brodie Grundy (Omitted), Sam Dwyer (Omitted), Lachie Keeffe (Omitted)