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Essendon Bombers vs Collingwood Tips - Pies to secure minor premiership

Last updated: 24 Aug 2023
Ben Darvill 24 Aug 2023
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Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers (Getty Images)
Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers (Getty Images)

Essendon Bombers vs Collingwood Tips 

The Essendon Bombers were humiliated in a 162-36 defeat at the hands of the GWS Giants in their last game as their finals hopes came to an end. 
  • Essendon Bombers vs Collingwood Tips 
  • Head to Head
  • Essendon Bombers Form
  • Essendon Bombers Team News 
  • Essendon Bombers Team List
  • Collingwood Form
  • Collingwood Team News
  • Collingwood Team List

Collingwood were beaten 124-100 by the Brisbane Lions in an entertaining clash last week to leave the minor premiership race still on. However, I'm backing the Pies to wrap it up here.

Head to Head

The Magpies edged to a 90-77 win over the Bombers in April, thus extending their winning run to three matches. In their last 10, the Magpies have won seven times, while the Bombers have three wins. 

Essendon Bombers Form

Essendon knew they needed to win their clash with the GWS Giants last week to keep their hopes of a top eight spot alive, and that is what makes their humiliation in that game even harder to take for the side. 

The Bombers were torn apart in a 162-36 defeat that put all of their weaknesses on show. Their hopes of appearing in the finals this term are over as a result.

Essendon Bombers Team News 

The Bombers have Caldwell, Guelfi, Wright, Draper, Stringer and Kelly all out injured. Weideman, Bryan, Snelling, Setterfield and Baldwin all come in. 

Essendon Bombers Team List

B: N.Hind, B.Zerk-Thatcher, D.Heppell
HB: M.Redman, J.Laverde, A.McGrath
C: E.Tsatas, A.Perkins, N.Martin
HF: S.Durham, K.Langford, N.Cox
F: A.Phillips, S.Weideman, B.Hobbs
FOLL: N.Bryan, D.Parish, Z.Merrett - C
I/C: W.Snelling, W.Setterfield, K.Baldwin, J.Menzie
EMG: L.Hayes, A.Davey Jnr, P.Voss, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti

Collingwood Form

The Collingwood Magpies find themselves in an interesting position right now, with their 124-100 loss to the Brisbane Lions leaving them with more questions than answers right now. 

Despite sitting at the top of the ladder, the Magpies have now lost three of their last four heading into the finals. 

They could also miss out on the minor premiership if losing this game and if the Lions romp to a victory in their final match. 

Collingwood Team News

The Magpies are without Murphy, Ryan (both injured) and McCreery (suspended), with Hill and De Goey coming in. 

Collingwood Team List

B: O.Markov, B.Frampton, I.Quaynor
HB: B.Maynard - C, S.Pendlebury, J.Crisp
C: W.Hoskin-Elliott, T.Adams, J.Daicos
HF: B.Hill, B.Mihocek, J.Howe
F: J.Elliott, D.McStay, J.De Goey
FOLL: D.Cameron, P.Lipinski, S.Sidebottom
I/C: T.Mitchell, J.Noble, J.Ginnivan, M.Cox
EMG: E.Allan, F.Macrae, J.Carmichael, R.McInnes


Despite Collingwood's woes of late, I am backing them to secure the regular season title by beating the Bombers. 

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