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Geelong Cats vs Essendon Bombers Tips - Cats to bounce back at home

  • Geelong Cats vs Essendon Bombers predictions for their AFL Round 16 match
  • This game starts at 7.50pm on Friday at GMHBA Stadium
  • Preview, stats, team news & predictions can be found below
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Geelong vs Essendon takes place on Friday night. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 01 Jul 2021
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Geelong Cats vs Essendon Bombers Tips

Geelong hosts the Bombers at GMHBA Stadium on Friday night, with the Cats the overwhelming favourites to bounce back from a big loss against the Brisbane Lions last week.

Essendon stood tall against Melbourne, and were only defeated by 11 points in what was a solid effort from a team who can play good footy at their best. They are tipped to keep things competititive in Geelong.

  • Geelong Cats have won 6 of their last 7 matches
  • Geelong Cats have won 14 of their last 15 matches at GMHBA Stadium
  • This is the first time these two sides have clashed at this Stadium since 1993
  • Essendon Bombers have lost 2 of their last 3 matches.


Geelong lead the head-to-head count 8-2 from the last 10 meetings, including taking the last two clashes by big margins.

Geelong Cats Form

The Cats had won six games in a row before having their colours lowered to the flying Brisbane Lions last week.

Brisbane are arguably the in-form side of the competition and they kept Jeremey Cameron quiet along with Tom Stewart. Those two are the most valuable players at either end of the ground for Geelong.

With a strong record at GMHBA Stadium, the Cats will be expecting to bounce back playing at home this week.

Geelong Cats Team News

Gryan Miers and Rhys Stanley both return for the Cats.

The replace the injured Mark O'Connor as well as Shaun Higgins and Esava Ratugolea, who are both managed.

Geelong Cats Team List

B: Atkins, Kolodjashnij, Henry
HB: Tuohy, Stewart, Bews
C: Smith, Narkle, Menegola
HF: Dangerfield, Cameron, Miers
F: Close, Hawkins, Rohan
FOLL: Blicavs, Parfitt, Selwood
I/C: Stanley, Henderson, C.Guthrie, Dahlhaus
EMG: Z.Guthrie, Holmes, Ratugolea, Constable

Essendon Bombers Form

There has been a recurring theme for the Bombers this season: when Jake Stringer is playing well, the club does too.

Stringer is such an explosive player and had been in hot form prior to kicking one major in last week's 68-57 defeat to Melbourne Demons.

That was a second defeat in the last three games for Essendon having also gone down 123-84 to Richmond Tigers. In between, they defeated Hawthorn 86-73.

Essendon Bombers Team News

The Bombers make two changes with Tom Cutler and Will Snelling coming into the side.

Aaron Francis is not rushed back after taking a mental health break, while star midfielder Dylan Shiel is still up to a fortnight away from returning.

Andrew Phillips remains out after suffering a hamstring setback in the VFL at the weekend.

Essendon Bombers Team List

B: Laverde, Stewart, Ridley
HB: Hind, Redman, Heppell
C: Cox, Merrett, Ham
HF: Smith, Jones, Waterman
F: Stringer, Hooker, McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: Draper, Parish, Langford
I/C: Cutler, Snelling, Perkins, Wright
EMG: Zaharakis, Guelfi, Zerk-Thatcher, Durham

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Where is the Geelong Cats vs Essendon Bombers match being played?

The Geelong Cats vs Essendon Bombers game is being played at GMHBA Stadium on Friday, July 2.



Geelong are too strong at home and are tipped to win this one by 1-39 points.

Best Bet: Geelong - 1-39 Big Win/Little Win @100.00 at Sportsbetting - 5 Units

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