Essendon Bombers vs Western Bulldogs AFL Match Played On Etihad Stadium, Melbourne 03 May 2014, 19: 30 (AEDT).
The Essendon Bombers are set to regain Brendan Goddard and Heath Hocking whilst Pat Ambrose, Tom Bellchambers, Orazio Fantasia and Kurt Aylett are also in the mix. For the Dogs, they could look to add Dale Morris if he is fit. Whilst young midfielders Clay Smith and Mitch Honeychurch are in contention.
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Both the Bombers and Bulldogs are struggling for form – Essendon have lost their last three games whilst the Bulldogs have lost two on the trot. Essendon got off to a hot start but couldn’t sustain it against Collingwood. Whilst the Bulldogs were leading at half-time before being overrun against Adelaide.
Essendon got 14 goals from midfielders and half-forwards in their round 16 win over the Bulldogs last year. Usual suspects Brent Stanton, Brendon Goddard and Dyson Heppell all had over 27 disposals and kicked a goal whilst Winderlich kicked four and Dempsey three. Whilst Tom Liberatore got the three Brownlow votes with 33 touches, six tackles and six inside 50’s.
Essendon and Western Bulldogs have met 154 occasions, with the Bombers leading 92-60 with two draws. Essendon have won five of the last six matches between the two sides. The Bombers have won their last four matches (3-1 against the line) against the Dogs by an average of 55 points. Essendon rank first in marks and kicks in 2014, whilst the Bulldogs rank 8th.
B: Dustin Fletcher, Cale Hooker, Michael Hibberd
HB: Mark Baguley, Michael Hurley, Dyson Heppell
C: Brent Stanton, Jobe Watson, Courtenay Dempsey
HF: Brendon Goddard, Jake Carlisle, Jackson Merrett
F: Jason Winderlich, Joe Daniher, Paul Chapman
Fol: Patrick Ryder, Jake Melksham, Heath Hocking
I/C: Jason Ashby, David Zaharakis, Ben Howlett, Zach Merrett
Emg: Patrick Ambrose, Tom Bellchambers, Kyle Hardingham
In: Brendon Goddard, Heath Hocking
Out: Martin Gleeson (soreness), Kyle Hardingham (omitted)
B: Liam Picken, Michael Talia, Easton Wood
HB: Shaun Higgins, Dale Morris, Robert Murphy
C: Marcus Bontempelli, Ryan Griffen, Jack Macrae
HF: Adam Cooney, Stewart Crameri, Tory Dickson
F: Luke Dahlhaus, Liam Jones, Tom Williams
Fol: Will Minson, Matthew Boyd, Tom Liberatore
I/C: Koby Stevens, Jason Johannisen, Jake Stringer, Lachie Hunter
Emg: Jason Tutt, Lin Jong, Fletcher Roberts
In: Marcus Bontempelli, Jason Johannisen, Dale Morris, Tom Williams
Out: Daniel Giansiracusa (omitted), Lin Jong (omitted), Tom Young (omitted), Tom Campbell (omitted)