Optus Stadium will play host to Saturday's Round 11 AFL game between West Coast Eagles and Essendon Bombers. The game kicks off at 7:40 pm with West Coast Eagles heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the West Coast Eagles vs. Essendon Bombers game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Saturday May 29, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Where: Optus Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers Odds
West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers Preview
The old adage that all West Coast needs to do to play finals is win their home games is proving particularly true in season 2021 so far.
Five games at home for five wins. Five games away from home for five losses.
Their average winning margin when at home is 43.2 points and their average losing margin away is 35.6.
Essendon remains consistently inconsistent.
A one point loss to Hawthorn to start the year and a 57 point loss in the torrential rain in Brisbane have been the low points.
A four goal Anzac Day win over rivals Collingwood and a 72 point thumping of the recently resilient North Melbourne last week the highlights.
Ben Rutten has his team putting a premium on retaining the football which is evident in their uncontested possession rate (4th in AFL).
The problem has been the way they have used the football when they have it.
The Bombers have the second worst disposal efficiency in the competition in front of only Hawthorn.
West Coast will make them pay if this does not improve with plenty of in form and dangerous forward options up forward.
Nic Naitanui is the only ruckman inside the top 10 for Stoppage Clearances (8th) and only ruckman in the top 20 for Centre Clearances (10th).
Head To Head Bet
West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers Teams
B: Hurn, Barrass, Sheppard
HB: Brander, Rotham, Cole
C: Gaff, Redden, Cripps
HF: Ah Chee, Darling, Sheed
F: Allen, Kennedy, Ryan
FOLL: Naitanui, Yeo, Kelly
I/C: Petruccelle, Nelson, Jones, Williams
EMG: Waterman, H.Edwards, L.Edwards, Foley
OUT: H.Edwards, Waterman (both omitted)
B: Laverde, Francis, Ridley
HB: Heppell, Stewart, Hind
C: McGrath, Merrett, Cox
HF: Perkins, Stringer, Snelling
F: Waterman, Hooker, McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: Phillips, Parish, Zaharakis
I/C: Redman, Guelfi, Langford, Wright
EMG: Ham, Zerk-Thatcher, Ambrose, Jones
OUT: Jones (managed), Ham (sub)