2020 AFL – Hawthorn vs Essendon Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hawthorn vs Essendon taking place? Thursday 27th August, 2020 – 07:40 (UK)

Where is Hawthorn vs Essendon taking place? Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

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

THE TEAM NEWS

HAWTHORN

  • Hawthorn produced a much better display as they pushed top of the ladder Port Adelaide all the way last week but their efforts were ultimately not enough as they suffered a third consecutive loss.
  • In a closely-fought encounter, the game could have gone either way in the final quarter with the scores locked-up at the end of the third but the Hawks were unable to get themselves in front as the Power edged it 68-58.
  • The Hawks will now come into this contest without the managed pair of Shaun Burgoyne and Ben Stratton as well as the injured Jarman Impey so Darren Minchington, Jack Gunston and Jonathon Ceglar will come into the side.

ESSENDON

  • Essendon’s wait for a win continued as they were defeated by reigning premiers Richmond and if their winless streak is extended to six matches, their bid to make the finals could be all but over.
  • There was little to split the two teams but the Bombers were always behind in the contest and despite keeping themselves in the game, they fell short in the 61-73 loss which leaves them six points outside of the top eight.
  • To make matters worse for the Bombers, they have now lost Aaron Francis and Tom Bellchambers to injury while Sam Draper is managed so Andrew Phillips, Cale Hooker and Joe Daniher earn call-ups.

THE PREDICTION

Hawthorn have endured a poor season but they will hope to use the closing stages of the campaign to at least end on a high starting with this clash with Essendon. They have lost three in a row but the Bombers have failed to win any of their last five which makes this a wide-open contest. Essendon are still right in the mix for a spot in the finals but they cannot afford any further defeats if they are to stay in touch and with so much on the line for the Bombers, they should be able to do enough to come out on top here.

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