Marvel Stadium will play host to Sunday's Round 9 AFL game between Essendon Bombers and Fremantle Dockers. The game kicks off at 1:10 pm with Essendon Bombers heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Essendon Bombers vs. Fremantle Dockers game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Sunday May 16, 2021 at 1:10 pm
Where: Marvel Stadium
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Essendon Bombers vs Fremantle Dockers Odds
Essendon Bombers vs Fremantle Dockers Preview
The Bombers and the Dockers are both on similar paths this week after suffering back-to-back losses.
After a very encouraging effort against Carlton a week earlier, the Dons again came agonizingly close to a victory last week in a two-point loss to the Giants in Sydney, while the Dockers have suffered much worse in back-to-back blowouts to West Coast and Brisbane.
Freo has also lost four straight to the Bombers, with their last win over Essendon in Melbourne coming way back in 2010.
It’s fair to say Freo has drawn the short end of the stick due to Perth’s ongoing COVID problems, and although they did narrow the gap late in the fourth quarter last week against the Lions, this still looks to be a difficult test for them on the road.
The Bombers are really starting to establish their identity now as several young players like Kyle Langford and Archie Perkins come of age, and if the midfield can put pressure on this Fremantle outfit like the Lions did last week, they should go a long way towards winning.
With a strong 4-1 record as the home favourite against Fremantle, the Bombers look a good bet.
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Head To Head Bet
Essendon Bombers vs Fremantle Dockers Teams
B: J.Laverde, J.Stewart, A.Francis
HB: D.Heppell, J.Ridley, D.Zaharakis
C: A.McGrath, Z.Merrett, K.Langford
HF: D.Smith, H.Jones, W.Snelling
F: C.Hooker, P.Wright, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: A.Phillips, D.Parish, B.Ham
I/C: M.Redman, M.Guelfi, N.Hind, A.Perkins
EMG: N.Cahill, N.Cox, P.Ambrose, A.Waterman
OUT: J.Stringer (injured), N.Cox (managed)
B: T.Watson, G.Logue, T.Duman
HB: N.Wilson, B.Cox, D.Tucker
C: B.Acres, A.Brayshaw, J.Aish
HF: L.Schultz, R.Lobb, M.Crowden
F: T.Colyer, M.Taberner, M.Walters
FOLL: S.Darcy, N.Fyfe, N.Mundy
I/C: L.Henry, S.Switkowski, C.Serong, A.Cerra
EMG: C.Blakely, J.Western. R.Conca, L.Meek
IN: A.Cerra, S.Switkowski
OUT: C.Blakely (omitted), R.Conca (omitted), M.Frederick (injured)