2020 AFL – Essendon vs Brisbane Lions Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Essendon vs Brisbane Lions taking place? Friday 31st July, 2020 – 11:10 (UK)

Where is Essendon vs Brisbane Lions taking place? Metricon Stadium, Carrara

What television channel is Essendon vs Brisbane Lions on? In the UK, five matches each week will be televised on BT Sport and you can see their schedule here. For the TV channel in Australia, visit this link

Where can I stream Essendon vs Brisbane Lions? If the match is televised in the UK, then BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream it live via BT Sport Player. Additionally, those with a Watch AFL subscription can stream any 2020 AFL match live (outside of Australia). Those in Australia can stream any match live via AFL Live Pass

Where can I get tickets for Essendon vs Brisbane Lions? Click here for ticket information on 2020 AFL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSENDON

  • Essendon were able to bounce back from their loss to Western Bulldogs but they made hard work of overcoming Adelaide Crows in a game they will feel they should have been comfortable victors.
  • The Bombers managed to open a six-point lead headed into the final quarter of the contest but they were given a scare when the Crows attempted to fightback and eventually they were able to hold on with just a three-point margin.
  • Conor McKenna and Shaun McKernan are managed, Jayden Laverde is injured, Kyle Langford is suspended and Mitchell Hibberd is dropped for this clash with Dylan Shiel, James Stewart, Sam Draper, Tom Cutler and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher coming into the side.

BRISBANE LIONS

  • Brisbane Lions made it back-to-back successes as they narrowly defeated Melbourne at the weekend as they improved to 6-2 for the season and they begin Round 9 tied on points with Port Adelaide at the top of the ladder.
  • The Lions looked to be cruising headed into the final quarter after building an 18-point advantage but the Lions were forced to cling on as the Demons pushed them all the way and closed the gap to just four points on the siren.
  • Daniel McStay will serve a ban, Thomas Berry is dropped while Archie Smith, Daniel Rich, Archie Smith and Ryan Lester are all injured so Alex Witherden, Sam Skinner, Noah Answerth, Connor Ballenden and Cameron Ellis-Yolmen all receive call-ups.

THE PREDICTION

Essendon and Brisbane Lions come into this clash with positive records in this season’s AFL campaign and just four competition points separate the two teams. Both come into this clash on the back of a victory last week but they were both pushed all the way as they had to hold off their opponents late in their respective contest. There is a case to make for either side to come out on top in this clash but with just one defeat in their last seven games, the Lions are the preference in this one.

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