2019 AFL – Fremantle vs Essendon Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Fremantle vs Essendon taking place? Saturday 17th August – 11:10 (UK) / 18:10 (AWST)

Where is Fremantle vs Essendon taking place? Optus Stadium, Perth

What television channel is Fremantle vs Essendon on? Not shown live in the UK / Foxtel in Australia

Where can I stream Fremantle vs Essendon? Unavailable to stream in the UK / This match can be streamed live via the AFL Live app in Australia

Where can I get tickets for Fremantle vs Essendon? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

FREMANTLE

  • Fremantle Dockers are still not out of the race for a spot in the finals but last week’s loss against St. Kilda Saints leaves them with a mountain to climb and even two wins from their final two games might not be enough.
  • What is worse for the Dockers is the manner of their defeat as they looked to have the game won heading into the final minutes but St. Kilda scored two six-pointers in the closing stages to turn the game on its head.
  • The Dockers have made two changes to the team that succumbed to that late defeat last week with Bailey Banfield and Jason Cater omitted for Cam McCarthy and Hayden Ballantyne who will play his last game in front of the Fremantle fans for the Dockers.

ESSENDON

  • Essendon Bombers suffered a terrible defeat as they were hammered by Western Bulldogs last week and that means that their spot in the finals is far from secure following the 104-point drubbing.
  • They still remain in control of their own fate but a third defeat in a row would leave them in real trouble of dropping out of the top 8 having looked like they were secure following a five-game winning streak before their back-to-back losses.
  • The Bombers have swung the axe this week, partly due to the fact that they can recall Darcy Parish, Adam Saad, Aaron Francis and Michael Hurley from injury whilst Brayden Ham also receives a call-up due to his form in the VFL with Dylan Clarke, Josh Begley, David Myers, Ben NcNiece and Mark Baguley all making way.

THE PREDICTION

This is a pivotal game for both Fremantle and Essendon with both still in the hunt for the finals. The Dockers have it all to do following their gut-wrenching defeat late on to St. Kilda last week whilst the Bombers were awful and need to find some form quickly. They still hold a spot in the play-offs at present but that could change quickly. This one is tricky to call with either capable of winning but the Dockers can win their final home game of the season and potentially stay in the race for the finals.

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