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Fremantle Dockers vs Essendon Bombers Tips - Dons to make it five wins on the bounce?

Last updated: 23 Jun 2023
Ben Darvill 23 Jun 2023
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  • Fremantle Dockers vs Essendon Bombers predictions for Saturday's AFL game 
  • The match will be played at the Optus Stadium (19:25 AEST)
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Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers (Getty Images)
Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers (Getty Images)

Fremantle Dockers vs Essendon Bombers Tips

The Fremantle Dockers are looking to bounce back from a humbling 106-36 loss to the GWS Giants in their last match that saw them make it two defeats in as many games. 
  • Fremantle Dockers vs Essendon Bombers Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Fremantle Dockers Form 
  • Fremantle Dockers Team News
  • Fremantle Dockers Team List
  • Essendon Bombers Form 
  • Essendon Bombers Team News
  • Essendon Bombers Team List

The Essendon Bombers downed the Carlton Blues 86-52 last time out to extend their winning run to four games. I'm backing them as value to do so.

Head to Head

The Dockers won the last meeting between the sides as they easily beat their opponents 107-59, with this finally ending a run of five wins in a row for the Bombers. 

In their last 10, the Bombers have won six times, while the Dockers have four wins. 

Fremantle Dockers Form 

The Fremantle Dockers were humiliated in their last match by the GWS Giants as they were beaten 106-36 in a game that many had fancied them to win. 

This loss means that the Dockers arrive for their latest game on the back of a two-match losing run after they were also beaten 85-70 by the Richmond Tigers in the game before. 

With four wins in their seven home games this term, the Dockers have looked fairly good in front of their own fans, but this has not stopped them from slipping down to 13th on the ladder with six wins in 13 attempts. 

Fremantle Dockers Team News

The Dockers have named Sean Darcy in their squad for the weekend along with Michael Frederick, but James Aish remains out.

Nathan O’Driscoll, Sam Sturt and Bailey Banfield drop out of the Dockers side.

Fremantle Dockers Team List

B: B.Cox, A.Pearce - C, H.Young
HB: B.Walker, L.Ryan, J.Clark
C: L.Henry, C.Serong, M.Frederick
HF: J.Treacy, L.Jackson, M.Walters
F: S.Switkowski, J.Amiss, L.Schultz
FOLL: S.Darcy, A.Brayshaw, N.Fyfe
I/C: N.Erasmus, M.Johnson, J.O’Meara, E.Hughes
EMG: S.Sturt, J.Corbett, N.O’Driscoll, K.Worner

Essendon Bombers Form 

The Essendon Bombers have managed to counter their four-game losing run with a four-game winning run after downing the Richmond Tigers, West Coast Eagles, North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Carlton Blues. 

Their recent run has been enough to see the Bombers move up to sixth on the ladder, and they are looking like a good bet to finish in the top-eight this year.

Away from home, the Bombers have won their last two in a row, beating the Eagles and the Blues in comfortable wins.

Essendon Bombers Team News

Darcy Parish make his return to the first team after a lengthy absence, with Jake Kelly the other in for Essendon.

Sam Draper is ruled out with a hip injury and Nick Hind is omitted.

Essendon Bombers Team List

B: A.McGrath, B.Zerk-Thatcher, J.Laverde
HB: M.Redman, J.Ridley, K.Langford
C: N.Martin, Z.Merrett - C, D.Heppell
HF: S.Durham, S.Weideman, W.Snelling
F: M.Guelfi, P.Wright, J.Stringer
FOLL: A.Phillips, D.Parish, J.Caldwell
I/C: B.Hobbs, A.Perkins, J.Kelly, J.Menzie
EMG: N.Cox, N.Hind, N.Bryan, M.D’Ambrosio


I am backing the Bombers to secure a crucial win on the road as they look to continue their march up the ladder by downing a misfiring Dockers side. 

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