The second elimination final sees the Bulldogs face off against the Bombers at UTAS on Sunday afternoon.
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Tips, Preview & Predictions
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Essendon haven’t won a final since 2004.
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Tips
Dylan Shiel has had 20+ disposals in four of his last five matches (including a 19-possession game against the Dogs in Round 21)
Essendon and the Dogs are 2nd and 3rd in the competition for points scored this season
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Same Game Multi Tips
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Sunday August 29
⏰ Time: 3:20PM (AEDT)
🏟 Stadium: UTAS
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon 2021 Form (last five matches)
- RD 19: Melbourne 65-85 Western Bulldogs
- RD 20: Western Bulldogs 105-56 Adelaide
- RD 21: Western Bulldogs 84-97 Essendon
- RD 22: Hawthorn 64-37 Western Bulldogs
- RD 23: Western Bulldogs 64-66 Port Adelaide
- RD 19: Essendon 53-66 GWS
- RD 20: Essendon 102-107 Sydney
- RD 21: Western Bulldogs 84-97 Essendon
- RD 22: Gold Coast 30-98 Essendon
- RD 23: Essendon 102-64 Collingwood
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Head to Head (last five matches)
- R21 2021: Dogs 84-97 Bombers
- R7 2020: Bombers 51-93 Dogs
- R21 2019: Bombers 33-137 Dogs
- R3 2018: Dogs 104-83 Bombers
- R19 2017: Dogs 127-97 Bombers
Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Preview
The Bulldogs lost their third match on the trot in a heart-breaking two-point defeat against the Power.
Despite being in front for the majority of the match, their midfield woes saw them lose control of the match as a position in the top four fell into jeopardy. Bailey Smith almost won it in the dying seconds, but it wasn’t to be.
The three consecutive losses leave Luke Beveridge’s side in an elimination final against the Bombers. One of those disappointing results came against the red and black in Round 21.
Since Josh Bruce’s ACL injury late in the match against the Bombers in Round 21, the Bulldogs have struggled to find fluidity in the forward half of the ground, scoring under 65 points in the previous two matches.
The Bombers made sure of their spot inside the eight with a cruisy triumph over traditional rivals Collingwood.
Ben Rutten’s outfit breezed past the lacklustre Magpies in a true workmanlike performance. It seems there is a new sense of pride, belief and optimism brewing at the hanger. The midfield has played a huge role and was the reason they downed the Dogs earlier in the season.
Juxtaposed to the Bulldogs form, the Bombers have made it three wins on the trot, and although they have only beaten one team inside the eight this season, it was the Bulldogs just a few weeks ago.
But on the other hand, history isn’t on their sides. They have only beaten the Dogs once in their seven previous meetings. To make matters worse, they haven’t won a final since 2004, including a stretch of six finals losses.
Despite the Bulldogs poor recent form in the previous month of football, I still have faith that they can down the Bombers on Sunday afternoon. However, it won’t be easy, as the Bombers could definitely cause an upset.
Dogs vs Bombers Team News
Stefan Martin could return to the side to offer Tim English some more ruck support against Sam Draper. Hayden Crozier will miss after suffering a concussion in last week’s scratch match.
Essendon could make a couple of changes heading into Sunday’s do or die encounter. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti could return to the side after missing the previous few weeks for personal reasons. Whilst Kyle Langford could also return from injury. Dylan Clarke could be one of the unlucky ones to miss out.
The two sides last met in Round 21, which saw the Bombers win by 13 points.
Dogs vs Bombers Stats
- Essendon have beaten one team inside the eight this season, the Dogs
- Essendon haven’t won a final since 2004
- The Dogs have won six of the previous seven meetings
- Dylan Shiel has had 20+ disposals in four of his last five matches (including a 19-possession game against the Dogs in Round 21)
- Essendon and the Dogs are 2nd and 3rd in the competition for points scored this season