2020 AFL – Essendon vs Richmond Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Essendon vs Richmond taking place? Saturday 22nd August, 2020 – 10:40 (UK)

Where is Essendon vs Richmond taking place? TIO Stadium, Darwin

What television channel is Essendon vs Richmond 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 Richmond? 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 Richmond? Click here for ticket information on 2020 AFL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSENDON

  • Essendon failed to build on their draw with Gold Coast Suns as they were defeated by St. Kilda and that means the Bombers have now failed to win any of their last four matches.
  • Dropping to 5-5-1 following that result, Essendon must find a way to snap their winless run soon or find themselves out of the running for the finals after the 68-33 reverse against the Saints.
  • In a bid to halt their slide, Tom Cutler, Shaun McKernan, Kobe Mutch, Josh Begley, Jacob Townsend and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher are all dropped while Conor McKenna is out through injury so Aaron Francis, Brayden Ham, Devon Smith, Jake Stringer, Mason Redman, Tom Bellchambers and debutant Irving Mosquito receive call-ups.

RICHMOND

  • Defending premiers Richmond bounced back from their loss to top of the ladder Port Adelaide as they produced a solid display to overcome Gold Coast Suns last week to improve to 7-4-1.
  • The Tigers had to dig deep as they trailed by 10 points at the half but a much-improved second half effort saw them restrict the Suns to just eight points and having scored 39 in the process, they earned a 53-32 win.
  • That second half performance was enough for the Tigers to stick largely with the same team as last took to the field in that game with just one change in the form of the omitted Nathan Broad with Bachar Houli replacing him.

THE PREDICTION

Essendon must find a way to end their winless run in the AFL or face a season of disappointment with this game against Richmond potentially pivotal to their hopes. They have failed to win any of their last four and now come up against the reigning premiers, a side that have won three of their last four thanks to a win over Gold Coast Suns last week. The Bombers have ripped their side to pieces in a bid to find the right formula for this clash but having lost their last nine matches against the Tigers, it is likely that Richmond will compound their misery here.

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