Essendon vs Western Bulldogs - Dogs to keep finals dream alive

Justin Darcy has overseen Saturday night's game to come up with his predictions and tips.
Essendon vs Bulldogs Predictions, Tips & Preview
It looks to be a great clash between the Dons and Dogs Saturday night

Essendon vs Bulldogs Preview, Predictions & Betting

Essendon looks to have secured their top-eight spot, but the Bulldogs need to win to keep that finals dream alive. 

Both teams come into this game off the back of a loss after a win. Essendon is the better performed side at Marvel while the Bulldogs have the greater night game record. 

It is set to be a great match for Saturday night footy, but I will be siding with the Bulldogs marginally at the price of $1.94 with online bookmaker BetEasy.

Essendon Team News

It is clear the Essendon have some ruck issue with Tom Bellchambers injured. 

Zac Clarke will hold his spot in the side, but this may be to the detriment of the midfielders with big man Tim English one of the best up-and-coming ruckman tapping to star Bulldogs midfield.

The Dons were thumped last week by Port Adelaide, with only Zach Merrett and Dylan Shiel influencing the game in a positive way. Their backline had broken down with Port Adelaide forwards Robbie Gray, Todd Marshall and Connor Rozee all impacting the scoreboard hard.

Midfielder Darcy Parish and defender Aaron Francis both suffered concussions last week and will be monitored throughout the week while Matt Guelfi injured his knee at training which will see him ruled out of 2019.

Shaun Mckernan will look to come back into the side with Michael Hartley coming out.

The Dons could seal their finals spot with a win, but a loss would mean there is still a chance they could miss out.

Essendon is currently $1.20 with online bookmaker BetEasy to play finals in 2019.

Bulldogs Team News

This is a game they need to win to keep their finals dream alive as they currently sit outside the top eight. Aaron Naughton needs to have a big game up forward as does Josh Schache so that they can have big forward targets to hit.

The Dogs were admirable last week in their loss to Brisbane at the Gabba by only three goals. Marcus Bontempelli was elite winning crucial contests while Jack Macrae knocked up a lazy 45 disposals.

In round 19 they were impressive beating Fremantle at Marvel, and bringing that form into this game would most likely see them win this.

The Bulldogs are $1.94 to win this game with online bookmaker BetEasy which I am happy to take in what should be a close encounter.

Essendon vs Bulldogs Head To Head

The Bulldogs have won their last four clashes, all by over 20 points. Essendon last beat the Dogs back in 2014 by seven points. 

Both teams match up very evenly in this clash, with Essendon sitting seventh on the ladder while the Bulldogs are in tenth.

Essendon vs Bulldogs Match Up

The best match up here will be between Cale Hooker and Aaron Naughton. 

Hooker is one of the game’s most reliable defenders while Naughton is the up and coming superstar. If Naughton impacts the scoreboard early and gets the edge over Hooker, he may end up going forward to try and give them some fire power. 

If this happens, I believe the Dogs will have a huge edge over the Dons, so we are hoping Naughton kicks a few goals early.

Essendon vs Bulldogs Key Statistics

  • Bulldogs have won the last four clashes at Marvel against Essendon
  • Bulldogs have won 71% of their night games this season
  • Shaun McKernan has kicked the first goal in two games this year

Verdict

The Bulldogs look hard to beat here so we will be backing them to win the game and hoping Shaun Mckernan can kick the first goal of the game.
Best Bet: Bulldogs To Win @ 1.94 at Beteasy - 10 Units
Value Bet - First Goal: Shaun McKernan @ 11.00 at Beteasy - 5 Units

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