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Essendon Bombers v West Coast Eagles Tips and Predictions - Will the Eagles soar in Melbourne on Sunday?

Adam Cusworth 19 May 2017
  • Both sides were impressive winners last week
  • The Eagles have a poor record in Melbourne
  • Essendon have won three of the past four between the sides at Etihad Stadium

AFL Sunday action sees the Essendon Bombers take on the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium and the Round 9 clash pits the 3rd placed Eagles against the Bombers, who are 11th. 

Both sides come into this after registering impressive wins in Round 8 but it is the Eagles that head in as favourites, despite their poor record in Melbourne. 

First bounce is at 1.10PM and the action will be screened on Fox Footy. AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are. 

Match Preview

Essendon enjoyed a memorable 17 point victory over Geelong in Round 8 and a highlight of the performance was their hard running and dominance in the midfield, as well as the exploits of their forwards, including Joe Daniher, who booted five goals. 

A night earlier, West Coast accounted for the Western Bulldogs by eight points in a scrappy game at Domain Stadium. The Eagles showed plenty of dominance in the air and at ground level but their finishing in front of goals left a bit to be desired. Chief big man Josh Kennedy, booted 2.6 in an errant display. 

The Eagles come to Melbourne having won six of their eight games but their two losses have been in Melbourne, albeit at the MCG. They are the competition's 2nd ranked contested marking side and Kennedy should have an influence, provided he has his kicking boots on, while Jeremy McGovern can thwart the Bombers with his intercept marking. 

If the Perth based club bring their A-game they should be had to beat. Sam Mitchell, Andrew Gaff and Matt Priddis will find plenty of the footy and that trio will go head to head with the likes of David Zaharakis and Jackson Merrett. 

Interestingly, both sides measure up closely in a number of statistical measures, including scoring as well as disposals this season. 

The result may come down to accuracy. Joe Daniher has booted 8.2 in his last two appearances but his radar was missing the last time he played at Etihad when he contributed 2.6 against Melbourne three weeks ago. 

Josh Kennedy is coming second in the race for the Coleman Medal and has booted 27.19 so far this year. Michael Hurley may get the job on the spearhead this weekend. 

Team News

Essendon are unlikely to make too many changes to the side that accounted for Geelong last weekend. Brent Stanton and Tom Bellchambers have solid form in the VFL and will be considered. 

West Coast may look at sending Liam Duggan and Kurt Mutineer for a spell in the WAFL after they produced quiet games last weekend. Mark Hutchings and Jon Giles will come into consideration. 


West Coast have won their past two games over Essendon with both of those played at Domain Stadium in Perth. 

The most recent clash between the two sides at Etihad Stadium was in 2014 and on that occasion it was the Bombers by three points. The Dons have won three of their past four at the venue against the Eagles. 

Prediction and Tips

If the Bombers can kick straight and get off to a fast start they will produce an upset. Consider them at the head to head or with the start

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Essendon Bombers v West Coast Eagles Tips and Predictions - Will the Eagles soar in Melbourne on Sunday?

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