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  • Essendon Bombers vs Sydney Swans tips for Sunday's AFL Round 20 match
  • This game is scheduled for a 3.10pm at the MCG
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Essendon vs Sydney Swans will take place on Sunday. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 31 Jul 2021
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Essendon Bombers vs Sydney Swans Tips


For Essendon to keep their finals dreams alive, they do need to cause an upset win. Sydney need to win to show that they are not just pretenders inside the top eight, and that they can win the matches that they are expected to.

  • Essendon Bombers have won 2 of their last 3 matches.
  • Essendon Bombers have won 1 of their 9 matches against teams currently positioned 10th or above.
  • Sydney Swans have won their last 4 matches.
  • Sydney Swans have won 10 of their last 13 clashes against Essendon Bombers.


Head to Head


Essendon have the slight advantage of recent head to head matches between the two sides, holding a 3-2 record.

But Sydney have won 10 of the last 13 meeting. The Swans also won the last clash in April this year by just three points.

Essendon Bombers Form


A winner of two of their last three matches, Essendon are good at their best and incredibly average at their worst.

It is clear where the Bombers' problems lie. They have a 1-8 record against teams currently ranked 10th or above at the start of round 20 - which includes Sydney Swans.

They started off last week's match against GWS Giants guns blazing, comfortably leading the first half. But they were well and truly run over in the third quarter, which is what ultimately lost them the match 66-53.


Essendon Bombers Team News


Kyle Langford returns this week against the Swans after a minor hamstring injury. 

Aaron Francis and Zac Clarke also come into the side this week.

Cale Hooker, Brayden Ham and David Zaharakis are omitted.

Jye Caldwell is also almost ready to get back on the field after recovering from his early-season hamstring injury, but will have to wait another week.

Essendon Bombers Team List


B: Laverde, Francis, Redman
HB: Heppell, Ridley, Hind
C: Durham, Merrett, Cox
HF: Smith, Stewart, Perkins
F: Snelling, Wright, Stringer
FOLL: Draper, Langford, Parish
I/C: Cutler, Shiel, Clarke, McDonald-Tipungwuti
EMER: Guelfi, Waterman, Bryan, Ham

Sydney Swans Form


Sydney are on a hot run of form at the moment, winning their last four matches in a row.

They put the foot down in the third quarter, kicking 33 points to Fremantle's one last week, which is what has ultimately won them the match 98-58.

Buddy Franklin will be free to play after successfully appealing his one-match ban for striking last week, news that will be music to Swans fans ears as they look to sew up a finals spot.

Sydney Swans Team News


As mentioned, Buddy Franklin is available after his successful apppeal.

Sam Reid pulled up sore last week after his match, but should be right to go again this week against the Dons.

Chad Warner is back in full training and has been building up his running loads but isn't risked this week.

The changes see Harry Cunningham and Callum Mills come into for James Rowbottom and Ben Ronke.

Sydney Swans Team List


B: Cunningham, Rampe, Fox
HB: Dawson, McCartin, Blakey
C: McInerney, Mills, Hewett
HF: Wicks, Heeney, Hayward
F: Papley, Franklin, Reid
FOLL: Hickey, Parker, Gulden
I/C: Lloyd, Florent, Kennedy, Bell
EMER: O’Riordan, Stephens, Gray, Sinclair

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Where is the Essendon Bombers vs Sydney Swans match being played?

The Essendon Bombers vs Sydney Swans game is being played at the MCG on Sunday, August 1.

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Verdict

Sydney are in good form and are tipped to win on the line.

Best Bet: Sydney -19.5 Line Betting @-111.11 at Topsport - 10 Units

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