2020 AFL – Essendon vs Western Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Essendon vs Western Bulldogs taking place? Friday 17th July, 2020 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Essendon vs Western Bulldogs taking place? Metricon Stadium, Carrara

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

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSENDON

  • Essendon made it back-to-back wins and four wins from five to start the campaign but they were made to work hard in their clash with North Melbourne last week as they fought back to overturn a first quarter deficit.
  • The Bombers trailed by five points following the opening quarter but they responded strongly to come out on top in each of the final three quarters as they worked their way to a 67-53 victory.
  • The Bombers will hand a debut to Ned Cahill with Mason Redman also coming into the side and they will replace the suspended Dylan Shiel and Martin Gleeson who is left out to manage his workload.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

  • Western Bulldogs went into last week’s contest with Carlton on the back of three successive victories but they were overwhelmed by their opponents as they suffered a heavy defeat.
  • The Bulldogs did not start well which saw them head into the break with a 21-point deficit to overturn and despite closing the gap in the third quarter, they were blown away in the final quarter.
  • The 52-point defeat has resulted in Josh Schache, Louis Butler, Rhylee West and Toby McLean losing their spots in the side with Hayden Crozier, Lachie Young and Matthew Suckling all called-up while Cody Weightman is handed a debut.

THE PREDICTION

Western Bulldogs were on the end of a big loss last week as they lost for the first time in four matches and they will have to show major improvements on the back of that defeat to Carlton. They will face a difficult challenge as they face Essendon who made it four wins from five as their strong start to the season continued last week. The Bulldogs have wielded the axe in a bid to spark a response and while they have won the last five against the Bombers, Essendon should be able to grind out another victory.

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