WHEN: Friday July 20, 7.50pm
WHERE: Etihad Stadium, VIC
LAST TIME: Essendon 18.7 (115) d Geelong 16.15 (111), round 15, 2011 at Etihad Stadium
B: Joel Corey, Tom Lonergan, Matthew Scarlett
HB: Harry Taylor, Josh Hunt, Corey Enright
C: Andrew Mackie, James Kelly, Taylor Hunt
HF: Billie Smedts, Tom Hawkins, Steven Motlop
F: Paul Chapman, Josh Walker, Mitch Duncan
Foll: Trent West, Joel Selwood, Steve Johnson
I/C: Mathew Stokes, Jackson Sheringham, Cameron Guthrie, Jordan Murdoch
Emg: Mitch Brown, George Horlin-Smith, Jordan Schroder
In: Jordan Murdoch
Out: Allen Christensen (Shoulder)
B: Jake Melksham, Dustin Fletcher, Cale Hooker
HB: Kyle Hardingham, Jake Carlisle, Mark Baguley
C: Courtenay Dempsey, Jobe Watson, Dyson Heppell
HF: Alwyn Davey, Stewart Crameri, Leroy Jetta
F: Scott Gumbleton, Tom Bellchambers, Angus Monfries
Foll: David Hille, Brent Stanton, Ricky Dyson
I/C: Nathan Lovett-Murray, David Myers, Ben Howlett, Cory Dell’Olio
Emg: Sam Lonergan, Tayte Pears, Alex Browne
In: Angus Monfries, Stewart Crameri
Out: Kyle Reimers (Hamstring), Michael Hibberd (Quad)
What our experts say:
Geelong vs Essendon
Huge match for both teams here. Geelong’s loss to Collingwood last Saturday night was somewhat lessened after quarter time; but the result was already a formality with the Pies kicking eight goals to two in the first term.
Essendon’s victory against Port Adelaide put them back on the right track, and while they are sixth, they are still only a win and significant percentage off top spot of the ladder.
A win here for the Bombers could potentially put them back in the top four, depending on results, and a loss for the Cats will drop them back to the chasing pack, possibly out of the top eight and finals contention.
Essendon by 12
SC – James Kelly (Geel), Brent Stanton (Ess)
Geelong ($2.05) vs. Essendon ($1.80):
Really looking forward to this match. If the first 16 rounds have taught us anything, the Bombers should be too quick across the ground for the Cats, who have really struggled to play with the intensity we’ve expected of them all year. To think it will come tonight might be clutching at straws, but then again, we all know how teams perform when their backs are to the wall and the Bombers haven’t exactly been sure things of late. Crameri and Monfries are great inclusions for them.
Suggested bet: Bombers over 15.5 points @ $2.50