2020 AFL – Essendon vs Fremantle Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Essendon vs Fremantle taking place? Saturday 21st March, 2020 – 02:45 (UK) / 13:45 (local)

Where is Essendon vs Fremantle taking place? Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

What television channel is Essendon vs Fremantle 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 Fremantle? 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 Fremantle? https://www.afl.com.au/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSENDON

  • Essendon ended the 2019 campaign in eighth spot as they managed to sneak into the finals but their season could not be prolonged beyond the first week as they were on the end of a heavy defeat to West Coast Eagles.
  • The Bombers ended the year out of form with three defeats in their final four matches of the regular season and that arguably played a part in their poor performance against the Eagles.
  • Essendon have surprisingly named Conor McKenna as an emergency for this opening game of the season while they will hand a debut to Tom Cutler who will feature along with Tom Bellchambers who will play after he managed to overcome a knee injury.

FREMANTLE

  • Fremantle were made to pay for a shocking end to the season as they fell away in dramatic style and went from what looked like a nailed-on spot in the finals to finishing 13th on the ladder.
  • The Dockers lost eight of their last 10 games to end the season with nine wins which left them 12 points away from earning a play-off spot and they will be eager to put that poor run behind them in this opening match of 2020.
  • Sam Sturt will make his AFL debut in this contest and the 19-year-old will line-up alongside James Aish with the former Collingwood midfielder set to make his club debut for the Dockers.

THE PREDICTION

Fremantle only had themselves to blame as they blew a great position to qualify for a spot in the top eight with their poor end to the season. They only managed two victories from their final 10 games which saw them slide down the ladder. They head to Essendon for their first game of this new campaign with the Bombers also keen to atone for a poor end to last season. They managed to claim the last play-off spot but had no impact in the finals with a loss in week one. Despite that disappointing end to last year, they only lost four home games during that campaign and should win this.

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