Essendon vs Richmond Round 12 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Essendon vs Richmond Tips

The Bombers triumph over the Eagles was one of their best wins in recent history, and they face the Tigers at Optus Stadium in the traditional dreamtime clash on Saturday night.

Essendon vs Richmond Tips, Preview & Predictions

Essendon Bombers vs Richmond Tigers free AFL tips, predictions and preview – Richmond has won the last 10 meetings.

Essendon vs Richmond Tips


  • Kamdyn McIntosh has had 15 disposals in five of the last seven matches (15, 19, 14, 14, 15, 20, 19)
  • Dustin Martin has had 25+ disposals the previous seven occasions he’s played Essendon

Essendon vs Richmond Match Details


🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Saturday June 5
Time: 7:40pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Optus Stadium

Essendon vs Richmond 2021 Form (last five matches)


Bombers (LLWWW)

  • RD 7: Essendon 107-123 Carlton
  • RD 8: GWS 107-105 Essendon
  • RD 9: Essendon 68-61 Fremantle
  • RD 10: Essendon 141-69 North Melbourne
  • RD 11: West Coast 71-87 Essendon

Tigers (WLWLW)

  • RD 7: Richmond 77-55 Western Bulldogs
  • RD 8: Richmond 63-126 Geelong
  • RD 9: Richmond 87-83 GWS
  • RD 10: Brisbane 102-74 Richmond
  • RD 11: Richmond 111-83 Adelaide

Essendon vs Richmond Head to Head (last five matches)


  • R13 2020: Bombers 61-73 Tigers
  • R10 2019: Tigers 73-50 Bombers
  • R22 2018: Tigers 81-73 Bombers
  • R11 2018: Bombers 43-114 Tigers
  • R10 2017: Tigers 81-66 Bombers

Essendon vs Richmond Preview


The Bombers came from behind against the Eagles to achieve one of their biggest wins in recent history.

Essendon found themselves down by as much as five goals late in the second term against a team that had lost just only one game at home in almost two seasons.

The side featured nine players with less than 35 games, but their youthful energy has brought them into finals contention. Although many thought they’d be a bottom four side this season.

Not only are the Bombers playing good football at the moment, but they have also scored the third greatest number of points in the league. Despite being ninth, and a win on Saturday night can move them into the eight.

The surge of Essendon’s form can be heavily juxtaposed to the incredible form of their midfield, with Darcy Parish and Zach Merrett controlling things in the middle of the ground, as they did last time out against the Eagles.

Meanwhile, the Tigers survived a scare against the Crows in a five-goal triumph to return to the eight.

Although Richmond defeated Adelaide by 28 points, they weren’t convincing for the majority of the match. Jack Riewoldt helped drag them over the line in a three-goal final term, which also saw him take a mark of the year contender.

However, the Tigers have dominated the Bombers for the best part of a decade, winning the previous 10 meetings.

Despite Tom Lynch not being in the side, it was still the young talls who were the best against the Crows. Callum Coleman-Jones and Mabior Chol kicked six goals between them and could have an influence on a relatively undersized Essendon defence that could miss Jayden Laverde.

Tickets for this match are already sold out in less than a day, so a huge crowd is expected on Saturday night.

A match between two of the most entertaining teams in the competition awaits, and I believe the Bombers can cause an upset against the reigning premiers.

Bombers vs Tigers Team News


Essendon will miss Will Snelling and possibly Jayden Laverde for this clash. Aaron Francis will return, whilst Sam Draper could be included for the first time since his injury in Round 2. 

The Tigers will be forced to make one change with Toby Nankervis missing with injury. However, they will see the return of Shane Edwards.

The two sides last met in Round 13 last season which saw the Tigers win by 12 points.

Bombers vs Tigers Stats


  • Richmond has won the last 10 meetings
  • Richmond’s last four matches have gone OVER the total points line
  • Richmond has failed to cover the line in six of their last eight matches as favourite
  • Essendon has kicked the greatest number of total points this season
  • Kamdyn McIntosh has had 15 disposals in five of the last seven matches (15, 19, 14, 14, 15, 20, 19)
  • Dustin Martin has had 25+ disposals the previous seven occasions he’s played Essendon

Bombers vs Tigers Best Bet


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