Australian Football League Richmond Tigers vs Essendon Bombers Live Stream Free, AFL 2018 Regular Seasons Week 22 AFL Live Stream. Richmond Tigers vs Essendon Bombers match will be kickoff at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Friday 17 August 2018 online, 19:50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Richmond sit one game clear on top of the AFL ladder and a win on Friday will stitch up top spot with just one round to follow in the home and away season. After winning the premiership in 2017, the Tigers have shown no signs of the dreaded ‘hangover’ and have won 16 of their 20 games to date.
Their opponents for Friday, Essendon, have won 11 of 20 in 2018 and sit in 11th spot on the ladder, one game outside of the eight. The Bombers simply have to win this if they are to have any chance of stealing a finals position. They take on Port Adelaide in Round 23.
John Worsfold’s side head in as underdogs for the Tigers clash but have some solid form in the back half of the year, winning nine of their past 12 games. In the same time period, Richmond has also won nine.
Both sides had wins in Round 21, taking out some average opposition. Essendon claimed a 43 point victory over St Kilda, while a 10 goal performance by Jack Riewoldt helped Richmond notch up a 74 point victory over the Gold Coast Suns.
The Bombers should have plenty of solid contributors against Richmond. They rank higher for disposals, marks, clearances and tackles and it is Zach Merrett and Dyson Heppell that have been a couple of the key players, while Jake Stringer and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti have bobbed up in the forward line in recent weeks
However, the Tigers are renowned for their depth and are one of the most even sides in recent memory. Last week it was Riewoldt and Josh Caddy that were the benefactors but Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin and Dion Pretsia are among a host of others that will need to be contained.
An upset win for Essendon will still see them finish the round outside the eight but in with a chance if other results go their way. A loss will mean they can officially kiss goodbye to any finals hopes they may have had.
Richmond lose Kane Lambert to an ankle injury but the consistent midfielder is expected to be right for the finals. Toby Nankervis should come straight back in after missing the Suns game with a corkie.
Essendon may be without Adam Saad after the running defender suffered a concussion last weekend. Brendan Goddard is also in doubt. Orazio Fantasia will miss with a hamstring. Matt Dea and James Stewart are among the possible replacements.
Richmond have dominated Essendon in recent seasons, taking out the last seven games between the two sides, including the Round 11 ‘Dreamtime at the G’ encounter this year by 71 points.
On that occasion, Shane Edwards and Dustin Martin found plenty of the footy for the Tigers, while Josh Caddy booted four goals. Devon Smith and Tom Bellchambers were amongst the Bombers best.
B: N.Broad, A.Rance, D.Grimes
HB: B.Ellis, D.Astbury, N.Vlastuin
C: K.McIntosh, T.Cotchin, S.Grigg
HF: K.Lambert, S.Edwards, J.Graham
F: D.Butler, J.Riewoldt, D.Rioli
FOL: T.Nankervis, D.Martin, D.Prestia
I/C: B.Houli, J.Townsend, O.Markov, J.Castagna
EMG: B.Lennon, C.Ellis, I.Soldo
IN: J.Townsend, O.Markov, J.Graham
OUT: J.Caddy, C.Ellis, I.Soldo
B: A.McGrath, M.Hartley, J.Kelly
HB: B.Goddard, P.Ambrose, C.McKenna
C: Z.Merrett, C.Bird, D.Heppell
HF: A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, C.Hooker, M.Gleeson
F: J.Laverde, J.Daniher, J.Stewart
FOL: T.Bellchambers, D.Zaharakis, D.Parish
I/C: M.Baguley, J.Green, J.Begley, D.Myers
EMG: B.Howlett, S.McKernan, M.Dea
IN: C.Bird, T.Bellchambers, M.Hartley, M.Baguley, Z.Merrett, J.Begley
OUT: J.Watson, M.Leuenberger, B.Howlett, M.Hurley, T.Colyer, M.Dea