Essendon will look to push int the top four with a win against the Lions who will be looking to knock Port Adelaide off the top of the table.
Essendon Bombers vs Brisbane Lions free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Essendon have won six of their last seven games by 15 points or less.
Essendon vs Brisbane Tips
Essendon vs Brisbane Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Friday July 31
⏰ Time: 8:10pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Metricon Stadium
Essendon vs Brisbane 2020 Form
- R4: Essendon 51-52 Carlton
- R5: Collingwood 48-63 Essendon
- R6: Essendon 67-53 North Melbourne
- R7: Essendon 51-93 Western Bulldogs
- R8: Adelaide 59-62 Essendon
- R4: Brisbane 83-46 Adelaide
- R5: Brisbane 85-48 Port Adelaide
- R6: Geelong 73-46 Brisbane
- R7: GWS 68-88 Brisbane
- R8: Melbourne 49-53 Brisbane
Essendon vs Brisbane Head to Head (last five matches)
Essendon have won three of the last five matches against the Lions.
- R4 2019: Essendon 112-65 Brisbane
- R12 2018: Brisbane 62-84 Essendon
- R15 2017: Essendon 82-90 Brisbane
- R2 2017: Brisbane 84-111 Essendon
- R18 2016: Essendon 91-128 Brisbane
Essendon vs Brisbane Preview and Prediction
Essendon came away with an unconvincing three-point victory against the winless Crows last week.
The Bombers were made to work in parts of the game, copping a real scare in the dying minutes of the match, almost rueing their lack of entries on the scoreboard despite their dominance in key areas of the match.
A promising sign, however, was Essendon’s constant intense pressure throughout the match with 73 tackles. Essendon also dominated the midfield despite the absence of Dylan Shiel and Dyson Heppell winning 37 clearances.
With Shaun McKernan in terrible form, you’ll most likely see James Stewart come into the line-up for the first time since Round 11, 2018 to provide some tall support, meaning Essendon will aim to improve their marks inside 50 against the Lions.
Zach Merrett stepped up for the Bombers finishing the match against Adelaide with 33 disposals, six clearances, six tackles and eight score involvements.
Whilst, Brisbane recorded its sixth win of the season in eight games against the inform Demons by four points.
Like the Bombers, Brisbane were given a scare against the Demons who were determined to finish the match with the four points.
The Lions looked at their best being detrimental on the scoreboard when they were winning the hard ball in the contest.
You can expect the Lions to be destructive in the middle of the ground, as they have been all season and will look to continue their strong efficiency inside 50 which was showcased against the Demons.
Lachie Neale continued his Brownlow form finishing the match with 33 disposals, seven clearances, seven intercepts and six score involvements.
Brisbane have started the restart of the season strongly only losing one game against Geelong, and I believe they’ll get another win on Friday night which will see them finish Round 9 on top of the ladder.
Essendon vs Brisbane Team News
Essendon will be without Kyle Langford after being handed a one match suspension and Jayden Laverde who suffered an injury against the Crows last week, but Dylan Shiel and James Stewart look likely inclusions for the Bombers.
The Bombers have named exciting prospect Sam Draper to make his debut this week.
The Lions will be forced to make at least four changes with Daniel Rich, Ryan Lester, Archie Smith and Dan McStay all unavailable for Friday night’s clash.
The two sides last met last season which saw Essendon come away with a 47-point victory thanks to seven goals from Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti.
Bombers vs Lions Stats
- Essendon have won three of the last five matches against the Lions
- The away side has won seven of the last 10
- Essendon have won six of their last seven games by 15 points or less
- The Bombers haven’t been in a top two spot since 2013
- Lachie Neale has led his team in possessions for every game this season
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