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Brisbane Lions v Essendon Match Preview and Predictions - Can the Lions register their second win of 2018?

Adam Cusworth 8 Jun 2018
  • Brisbane host Essendon at the GABBA in AFL Round 12. Here is our preview of the Sunday June 10 encounter. 

The Brisbane Lions and the Essendon Bombers feature in the first of two AFL games on Sunday June 10 and the Round 12 encounter shapes as an interesting one. 

The Lions have won just one game this year but enjoy the home ground advantage and little separates the sides in the early head to head betting. The GABBA clash gets underway at 1.10PM and will be broadcast on Fox Footy. 

Match Preview

Brisbane have won just one game for the season, a 56 point victory over Hawthorn in Round 9 at the venue for this weekend's game, the GABBA. Since then, they have lost to Sydney and North Melbourne. 

They were comprehensively outplayed by the Kangaroos in Round 11, going down by 54 points and to make matters worse, they suffered a number of injuries to key players. 

Their opponents, Essendon, have had a topsy turvy season and come off a 71 point defeat at the hands of Richmond. Prior to that, they won two on the trot but the red and black haven't quite lived up to pre-season expectations, winning just four of 11 in 2018. 

The Bombers have the superior record but not much separates the two sides from a statistical perspective. Both are averaging just under 80 points per game, while Essendon's defence is slightly superior. 

The Bombers are also slightly ahead at some of the physical aspects of the game, such as winning the contested possessions, as well as the tackle count, but the Lions are superior at winning the clearances and the hitouts. 

Key players for the home side are Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams and Dayne Zorko. Beams comes off a 32 possession/5 goal performance, while Zorko has had an excellent month of footy. 

Essendon will be relying on some big performances from the likes of Dyson Heppell and Zach Merrett, while it will be interesting to see if their recruits, Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad, can continue their good form. Stringer played his 100th game last weekend and was the Bombers best player in the loss to the Tigers. 

If the Dons are able to get over the line they will remain in the hunt for a finals birth but a loss will all but end their chances as we pass the halfway mark of the season. 

Team News

Brisbane may be without as many as three players from the side that lined up against North and they are Charlie Cameron, Allen Christensen and Hugh McLuggage, who are all battling various ailments. Add Jarrod Berry to that list. The youngster pulled out before the Roos game with a hamstring injury. 

Essendon will lose David Zaharakis. Ben Long, Travis Colyer and Aaron Francis are among those with solid form in the VFL and are a chance of being selected. 


Brisbane have won two of the past three games between the two sides, including an upset Round 15 victory at Etihad Stadium by eight points. On that occasion, Dayne Zorko starred for the Lions, while an inaccurate Essendon were well served by Brendan Goddard and Michael Hurley. 

Earlier in the year, the Bombes took out the Round 2 GABBA clash by 27 points. Essendon have won two of their past three interstate games, including a recent win over GWS by 35. Brisbane's sole win this year was at the GABBA by 56 points over Hawthorn. 

Prediction and Tips

While the injuries that Brisbane have are some cause for concern, they may just be the value in the head to head betting as Essendon have not been setting the world on fire. 


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