Australian Football League (AFL) Live Port Adelaide power vs Essendon Bombers match will be kick off at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide,Saturday 05 july 2014 online, 19:40 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Port lost their position on top of the ladder to Hawthorn for the first time in a long time following their loss to Adelaide last weekend. They’re 11-3 with only percentage separating the top three. They will have to negotiate the loss of key defenders Alipate Carlisle and Jackson Trengove through injury for the next few weeks. They are 2nd in points per game and have the third best defence. The Bombers rank first in kicks and marks per game whilst 14 in ppg. They’re 7-7 and 10th on the ladder, only one game outside of the finals race.
The Bombers were too good for Port in round 7 last year. Essendon ruckman Tom Bellchambers starred kicking taking ten marks and kicking five goals and Cale Hooker dominated at the other end with 30 touches and 13 marks. Whilst Angus Monfries, Chad Wingard, Hamish Hartlett and Robbie Gray all kicked multiple goals in the 30-point loss.
Port and Essendon have played 24 times with Port Adelaide leading 14-10. Port Adelaide have won eight of their nine games (8-1 against the line) at the Adelaide Oval. The Bombers are 10-3 (6-7 against the line) when playing outside of Melbourne in the past two and a half years. Since 2010, Essendon is 4-1 (2-3 against the line) vs Port. The last five Port-Essendon games have totalled over 196 points.
B Cam O’Shea, Jack Hombsch, Dom Cassisi
HB Matthew Broadbent, Tom Jonas, Jasper Pittard
C Angus Monfries, Travis Boak, Kane Cornes
HF Jared Polec, Justin Westhoff, Matt White
F Robbie Gray, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard
FOLL Matthew Lobbe, Ollie Wines, Brad Ebert
I/C Kane Mitchell, Jarman Impey, Hamish Hartlett,Aaron Young
EMG Tom Clurey, Benjamin Newton, Sam Gray
IN Cam O’Shea, Dom Cassisi, Aaron Young
OUT Jackson Trengove (Ankle), Sam Gray (Omitted), Alipate Carlile (Hamstring)
B David Myers, Cale Hooker, Mark Baguley
HB Courtenay Dempsey, Michael Hurley, Brendon Goddard
C Travis Colyer, David Zaharakis, Brent Stanton
HF Zach Merrett, Joe Daniher, Patrick Ambrose
F Jason Winderlich, Jake Carlisle, Paul Chapman
FOLL Patrick Ryder, Heath Hocking, Dyson Heppell
I/C Kyle Hardingham, Jackson Merrett, Ben Howlett, Jake Melksham
EMG Orazio Fantasia, Elliott Kavanagh, Dustin Fletcher
IN Mark Baguley, Jason Winderlich
OUT Dustin Fletcher (Omitted), Michael Hibberd (Ankle)