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Geelong vs Essendon Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Can Geelong drop on the Bombers?

  • Geelong hosts Essendon at the Gabba in Brisbane
  • Geelong are making a huge run for top spot on the ladder
  • The Bombers are struggling to put another win on the board
  • Can Geelong keep up their confidence?
Geelong vs Essendon Betting Tips, Preview & Odds
Michael Hurley and Tom Hawkins have had a long rivalry (Getty Images)

Geelong hosts Essendon at the Gabba on Sunday afternoon with the Cats looking to continue their late charge for the minor premiership.

The Cats sit third on the ladder and can continue to run towards top spot if they can beat the Bombers.

Essendon have won one in their last five and have had a draw during this period as well, so their performances have been a little inconsistent. But without Andrew McGrath, it is hard to see their midfield beating Geelong's.

Geelong Form & Team News

Geelong are one of the teams to beat come Finals time, having strung together 10 wins for the season.

They are tearing apart good sides in the competition, including St Kilda and Port Adelaide in back-to-back weeks.

Geelong could have skipper Joel Selwood come back into the side as well as Darcy Fort who has recovered from a foot injury.

*Round 15 team list with Round 16 teams unavailable 

FB: J. Kolodjashnij, L. Henderson, H. Taylor
HB: J. Henry, M. Blicavs, T. Stewart
C: M. Duncan, P. Dangerfield, S. Menegola
HF: L. Dalhaus, G. Rohan, T. Atkins
FF: Z. Tuohy, T. Hawkins, G. Miers
FOL: R. Stanley, C. Guthrie, M. O'Connor
I/C: B. Parfitt, J. Steven, J. Bews, B. Close

Essendon Form & Team News

Essendon are struggling to find their best form, with their only recent win coming against Hawthorn who were then defeated by bottom side Adelaide the week after.

Joe Daniher is working himself back into footy while Jake Stringer is the man down forward who needs to step up.

Irving Mosquito was average last week, but a bit of his buzz around contested forward 50s is what can win Essendon matches. Will he retain his spot?

With no McGrath in the middle this week, the Bombers are going to have to take a huge step to match it with the Cats.

*Round 15 team list with Round 16 teams unavailable 

FB: M. Gleeson, M. Hurley, B. Zerk-Thatcher
HB: J. Ridley, D. Smith, A. Saad
C: D.Parish, A. McGrath, Z. Merrett
HF: W. Snelling, C. Hooker, I. Mosquito
FF: J. Stringer, J. Daniher, A. McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOL: S. Draper, D. Shiel, D. Heppell
I/C: K. Langford, J. Stewart, M. Guelfi, D. Clarke

Geelong vs Essendon Head To Head

The last time that these two teams met was in May last year, when Geelong came out 32 point winners. Their previous clash in 2018 went the way of the Bombers by 34 points.

While Geelong are in their current form, it is hard to see this match going the way of the Bombers.

Geelong vs Essendon Betting Odds

Geelong are the short priced favourites at $1.31 while Essendon are the $3.50 outsiders.

The line has been set for Geelong at -18.5.

Geelong vs Essendon Match Up

The key match up between these two sides is Michael Hurley and Tom Hawkins.

Hawkins has renewed himself this season, leading the Coleman Medal and making it all but over with just a few rounds to go.

He is the best forward in the league on current form and gives Geelong a fantastic marking target when entering the 50.

Hurley is part of the furniture at Essendon, proving one of their best backmen and most consistent.

Facing Hawkins is a tough task but if he can shut the big man down, that will go a long way to keeping Essendon in the match.

Geelong vs Essendon Key Stats

  • Tom Hawkins averages 2.5 goals per game.
  • Zach Merrett averages 27 disposals this seasons.
  • Patrick Dangerfield averages 12 contested possessions per game.

Geelong vs Essendon FAQ

Where is the Geelong vs Essendon game played?

The Geelong vs Essendon game is played at the Gabba in Brisbane.

When is the Geelong vs Essendon game played?

The Geelong vs Essendon game is played at 3.35pm on Sunday, September 6.

How can I live stream the Geelong vs Essendon game?

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Verdict

We will be backing Geelong to win via the line.

Best Bet: Geelong -18.5 Line Betting @1.90 at Sportsbet - 10 Units

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