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Essendon vs Melbourne Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Must-win finale game for the Demons

  • Essendon Bombers and Melbourne Demons meet on Saturday
  • The Demons must win to keep their finals hopes alive
  • Essendon have won 1 of their last 9 matches
  • Essendon Bombers have conceded 70+ points in 5 of their last 7 matches
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Melbourne Demons must win against Essendon Bombers (Getty Images)

Melbourne Demons must win against the Essendon Bombers at Metricon Stadium on Saturday to stand a chance of making the finals. Sitting in ninth spot heading into the final round, the Dees can jump up to eighth and heap pressure on Western Bulldogs in the fight for the last spot in the finals.

Essendon Form & Team News

The Bombers' miserable run of form continued with a heavy 79-29 defeat at the hands of ladder leaders Port Adelaide last weekend.

The latest Essendon loss means the Dons have now won just one of their last nine games with seven defeats and a draw in that period. Prior to that, the Bombers had been firmly in the finals picture. Can Essendon muster some form and end Melbourne's season? 

Michael Hurley is set to return in defence for Essendon after missing last week's loss. Jayden Laverde, Aaron Francis and Ned Cahill are all possible ins for the final game of the season.

*Round 17 teams listed with Round 18 teams unavailable

B: J.Ridley, B.Zerk-Thatcher, M.Gleeson
HB: A.Saad, D.Smith, M.Hibberd
C: T.Cutler, Z.Merrett, K.Langford
HF: J.Stringer, J.Daniher, B.Ham
F: W.Snelling, J.Stewart, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: S.Draper, D.Shiel, J.Townsend
I/C: A.Phillips, M.Guelfi, D.Clarke, D.Parish

Melbourne Form & Team News

The Demons' 79-74 win over the GWS Giants last weekend kept their finals dreams alive, but now they need another win to stay in the hunt and avoid finishing ninth for the second time in four seasons.

Victory over the Bombers on Saturday would move Melbourne back into the eight at the expense of the Western Bulldogs, who face Fremantle Dockers on Sunday. Can they turn the heat on the Dogs?

The Demons have been mixing their form over the last month with two wins and three losses, two of which came to sides who won't be playing finals footy in the Sydney Swans and Dockers.

Melbourne are set to regain James Harmes, Michael Hibberd and Luke Jackson after injury. Nathan Jones is still out but is a chance of reappearing if the Demons make the finals. 

*Round 17 teams listed with Round 18 teams unavailable

B: J.Smith, S.May, J.Lever
HB: J.Hunt, T.Rivers, C.Salem
C: E.Langdon, C.Petracca, A.Tomlinson
HF: A.vandenBerg, S.Weideman, B.Fritsch
F: M.Brown, J.Melksham, C.Spargo
FOLL: M.Gawn, J.Viney, C.Oliver
I/C: A.Neal-Bullen, O.Baker, K.Pickett, N.Jetta

Essendon vs Melbourne Head to Head

The Demons edge things over the last 10 meetings, winning six of them to the Bombers four. Essendon won last year's clash with a high-scoring 130-112 victory.

Essendon vs Melbourne Odds

Melbourne are $1.48 favourites to claim the win they need to stay in the finals frame. Essendon are $2.65 outsiders with the line set at +11.5 points for the Bombers.

Essendon vs Melbourne Stats

  • Essendon Bombers have won 1 of their last 9 matches.
  • Essendon Bombers have conceded 70+ points in 5 of their last 7 matches.
  • Melbourne Demons have won 2 of their last 5 matches.
  • Melbourne Demons must-win to remain in the finals frame.

Essendon vs Melbourne FAQs

What time is the Essendon vs Melbourne match?

The Essendon vs Melbourne match will begin at 2.10pm on Saturday, September 19.

Where is the Essendon vs Melbourne match played?

The Essendon vs Melbourne match is played at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast.

How can I live stream the Essendon vs Melbourne match?

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The Demons are too short to be placing trust in them give their recent inconsistencies. Focus on the points total with Essendon having conceded plenty of points of late.

Best Bet: Over 123.5 Points Total Points @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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