AFL Live St Kilda Saints vs Essendon Bombers Streaming Free 2017 Regular Seasons Round 17 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday 14 July 2017 online, 19:50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
St Kilda are up to seventh on the AFL ladder with a 9-6 record following a demolition job on Richmond. The Saints have now won four on the trot, their longest winning streak since 2011. The Saints St Kilda have kept opponents to 85 or under in 7 of their last 10. St Kilda ranks eighth in both scoring and defence.
Essendon are 10th on the ladder with a 7-8 record following their comfortable win over Collingwood. The Bombers have won just two of their last six though including a loss to the Brisbane Lions. The Bombers have kicked 100-plus in five of their last eight and rank sixth in scoring while they rank a poor 12th in defence.
St Kilda have won their past four games and were menacing last week in their clash against Richmond, particularly early on. They led the Tigers by a whopping 86 points at half time before closing out the game 67 points in front.
Essendon have also played some damaging football at times this season and are just two games behind the 7th placed St Kilda in 10th spot. The Dons cost themselves by losing close games to Sydney in Brisbane in recent times, but rebounded by accouting for their traditional rivals, Collingwood, at the MCG in Round 15 by 37 points.
St Kilda head in as slight favourite’s in the head to head market and if they play up to their form from last week they will be hard to beat. However, the two sides rank similarly in a number of statistical measures this season, including total disposals, clearances and contested possessions.
They appear to be evenly matched in the midfield. Sebastian Ross, Jack Steven and Leigh Montagna have been finding plenty of the footy for the Saints but Essendon’s Zach Merrett, Dyson Heppell and David Zaharakis have been equally as effective.
St Kilda are unlikely to make too many changes to their side but Paddy McCartin is the likely replacement for the suspended Tim Membrey. Essendon have no immediate injury concerns. Jackson Merrett and Jayden Laverde are among those with good form in the VFL.
This is a real toss of the coin job. Both sides will be full of confidence but I really like the way that Essendon rebounded last weekend after a couple of morale sapping victories. Look for the Bombers to get up in an entertaining affair.
B: J.Geary, N.Brown, D.Roberton
HB: J.Newnes, J.Carlisle, S.Savage
C: L.Montagna, K.Stevens, J.Billings
HF: J.Sinclair, N.Riewoldt, J.Lonie
F: J.Gresham, N.Riewoldt, J.Battle
FOL: T.Hickey, S.Ross, J.Steven
I/C: J.Steele, S.Gilbert, B.Long, D.McKenzie
EMG: L.Dunstan, B.Acres, R.Marshall
IN: T.Hickey, J.Battle
OUT: B.Longer, T.Membrey
B: M.Baguley, M.Hartley, A.McGrath
HB: M.Gleeson, M.Hurley, J.Kelly
C: Z.Merrett, D.Heppell, B.Goddard
HF: J.Stewart, C.Hooker, D.Zaharakis
F: O.Fantasia, J.Daniher, J.Green
FOL: T.Bellchambers, T.Colyer, D.Parish
I/C: D.Myers, C.Bird, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, C.McKenna
EMG: J.Begley, K.Langford, M.Dea