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Essendon Bombers v Adelaide Crows Tips and Predictions - Bombers bid to upset ladder leaders

Adam Cusworth 10 Aug 2017
  • Essendon are currently in the top eight- just!
  • Adelaide come off another massive win
  • Orazio Fantasia to miss for the Bombers

The Essendon Bombers take on the Adelaide Crows on Saturday night and the AFL Round 21 encounter is a huge one for both sides, particularly the Bombers, who need another win to bolster their finals chances. 

However, it won't be easy for the Dons as the Crows currently sit atop the AFL ladder and head in as favourites for the 7.25PM encounter, which will be broadcast on Channel 7 and Fox Footy. 

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Match Preview


Essendon kept their season alive last weekend by digging deep to defeat Carlton by eight points. The Bombers looked down and out in the last quarter but rallied to notch up their 10th win of the season. They are currently just inside the top eight in eighth position, with just percentage separating them from the ninth and 10th placed West Coast and Melbourne. 

Their opponents for this weekend's game, Adelaide, are six points clear in top position on the ladder and come off another resounding victory. They knocked over their local rivals, Port Adelaide by 84 points in Round 20 and are now $3.25 favouritism to win the flag later this season. 

The Crows are the highest scoring side in the competition and this game shapes as a bit of a shootout, as the Bombers have also piled on the goals in 2017, ranking third for total points. 

A combined total of seven Essendon and Adelaide players feature in the top 22 for goal kicking, including the Bombers’ Joe Daniher, who leads the Coleman Medal with 56 majors, while little splits the Crows Taylor Walker (46 goals) and Eddie Betts (45). 

The Dons will try to execute their exciting game plan under the Etihad Stadium roof with plenty of outside run, but the Crows have a versatile midfield, headed by Rory Sloane, while their ruckman, Sam Jacobs heads into this with some great form. 

Adelaide have had the upper hand over Essendon in recent years and were too good for them earlier this season. Interestingly, the Crows have not journeyed to Etihad this season. Essendon are four from seven at the venue and jumped a couple of interstate sides earlier in the year, including West Coast and Port Adelaide. Selection News

Orazio Fantasia went down with a hamstring injury last weekend and will miss for Essendon. Craig Bird and Brent Stanton are among those that could come in. Adelaide are unlikely to make too many changes to their line-up. 

Stats


Adelaide have won their past three against Essendon and all of those have been by big margins. Earlier this season the Crows secured victory by 65 points at the Adelaide Oval, while in Round 19 in 2016 it was an 82-point margin at the same venue. 

The last time the two sides played at Etihad Stadium was in Round 20 of 2015 and on that occasion the Crows secured a 112-point win, a performance that would lead to the sacking of Essendon's favourite son, James Hird, as coach. 

Prediction and Tips


Essendon are a very sneaky chance here and represent value at the line of +17.5. 


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