Essendon vs Collingwood Round 23 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Essendon vs Collingwood Tips

The Bombers battle it out against the Magpies on Sunday afternoon at the MCG.

Essendon vs Collingwood Tips, Preview & Predictions

Essendon Bombers vs Collingwood Magpies free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Collingwood have lost four of their last five matches.

Essendon vs Collingwood Tips


  • Steele Sidebottom has had 25+ disposals in 11 of his last 12 matches against the Bombers
  • Essendon has won four games by over 60 points this season, all against sides outside the eight

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Essendon vs Collingwood Match Details


🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Sunday August 22
Time: 3:20PM (AEDT)
🏟 Stadium: MCG

Essendon vs Collingwood 2021 Form (last five matches)


Bombers (WLLWW)

  • RD 18: North Melbourne 74-92 Essendon
  • RD 19: Essendon 53-66 GWS
  • RD 20: Essendon 102-109 Sydney
  • RD 21: Western Bulldogs 84-97 Essendon
  • RD 22: Gold Coast 30-98 Essendon

Magpies (LLWLL)

  • RD 18: Collingwood 62-91 Carlton
  • RD 19: Port Adelaide 97-69 Collingwood
  • RD 20: Collingwood 90-45 West Coast
  • RD 21: Hawthorn 97-78 Collingwood
  • RD 22: Brisbane 142-57 Collingwood

Essendon vs Collingwood Head to Head (last five matches)


  • R6 2021: Magpies 85-109 Bombers
  • R5 2020: Magpies 48-63 Bombers
  • R23 2019: Magpies 76-65 Bombers
  • R6 2019: Bombers 69-73 Magpies
  • R16 2018: Bombers 62-78 Magpies

Essendon vs Collingwood Preview


The Bombers snuck into the eight with one game remaining to put them in a strong position to play finals football.

Ben Rutten’s outfit cruised past the lacklustre Suns and restricted them to just two goals after the quarter-time siren. They tore the Suns apart with their fast handball chains to enter the corridor, making for easy attempts at goal. The only disappointment is that they could’ve won by more.

Essendon’s back-to-back triumphs against the Western Bulldogs (13 points) and Gold Coast (68 points) have put them in the strongest position out of all their contenders to make the eight. A win against their traditional rivals will be enough to secure finals football.

Meanwhile, the Magpies fell to a heavy 85-point defeat to the Lions last time out.

A disappointing second and third term which saw them concede 14 goals ensured a large defeat was on the cards. However, it was after the game where tensions threatened to boil over with teammates arguing through the disappointment of the result.

Nevertheless, this is a great opportunity for them to get one over on the Bombers by making them miss out on playing in the 2021 finals campaign. It will be tough without a consistent focal point up forward, with Brody Mihocek missing with a suspension after bumping Liam Fullarton high.

Essendon could pull off an unlikely finals placed finish on Sunday afternoon, with a win, and I believe they will do exactly that over their traditional rivals, who have been poor of late.

Bombers vs Magpies Team News


The Bombers have named Andrew Phillips, Brayden Ham and Nik Cox as inclusions into the extended squad. No omissions have been named as of yet. 

Trey Ruscoe and Brody Mihocek won’t be available for Sunday’s clash. However, Anton Tohill, Jay Rantall, Jeremy Howe, Reef McInnes and Tom Wilson have been named as inclusions.

*Teams are yet to be reduced to 22, four omissions still need to be made from the eight-man bench.

The two sides last met in Round 6 this season, which saw the Bombers win by 24 points.

Bombers vs Magpies Stats


  • Collingwood have lost four of their last five matches
  • Essendon has won four games by over 60 points this season, all against sides outside the eight
  • Steele Sidebottom has had 25+ disposals in 11 of his last 12 matches against the Bombers

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