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GWS Giants vs Essendon Bombers Tips - Giants to deal a hammer blow to Essendon's top eight hopes

Last updated: 18 Aug 2023
Ben Darvill 18 Aug 2023
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  • GWS Giants vs Essendon predictions for Saturday's AFL match 
  • The game will be played at the Giants Stadium (16:35 AEST)
  • Can the Bombers secure a crucial win?
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Essendon Bombers and Greater Western Sydney Giants (Getty Images)
Essendon Bombers and Greater Western Sydney Giants (Getty Images)

GWS Giants vs Essendon Bombers Preview

The GWS Giants were consigned to their second defeat in as many games last week as they were outplayed by the Port Adelaide Power in a 136-85 defeat. 
  • GWS Giants vs Essendon Bombers Preview
  • Head to Head
  • GWS Giants Form 
  • GWS Giants Team News
  • GWS Giants Team List
  • Essendon Form 
  • Essendon Team News
  • Essendon Team List

The Essendon Bombers made it two wins in a row by struggling past the North Melbourne Kangaroos in their last outing. Can they give their finals hopes another boost here?

Head to Head

The Bombers edged the Giants 88-75 when they hosted their opponents back in April, with this ending a run of four wins in a row for GWS. 

In their last 10 meetings, the Bombers have three wins, while the Giants have won seven times. 

GWS Giants Form 

The GWS Giants have lost that winning touch at the worst possible time, with their struggles against the Sydney Swans and Port Adelaide Power seeing a seven-game winning run brought to an end. 

This failure to win either of their last two matches means they are still battling for a top-eight spot having dropped to 10th on the ladder.

A win here does not assure them of a spot in the finals, but it would see them take the fight down to the final week. 

Three wins in their last four home games shows they have been fairly good on their own patch of late.

GWS Giants Team News

Haynes is out through illness as Bedford and Daniels come in for the Giants. 

GWS Giants Team List

B: J.Buckley, S.Taylor, C.Idun
HB: L.Ash, H.Himmelberg, L.Whitfield
C: J.Kelly, T.Green, J.Fahey
HF: T.Bedford, J.Riccardi, B.Daniels
F: D.Lloyd, J.Hogan, T.Greene - C
FOLL: K.Briggs, C.Ward, S.Coniglio
I/C: I.Cumming, H.Perryman, L.Keeffe, C.Brown
EMG: T.McMullin, J.Wehr, R.Angwin, M.Flynn

Essendon Bombers Form 

The Essendon Bombers fell to their third defeat in a row when they lost to the Sydney Swans, with this seeing their finals hopes take a major blow. 

However, wins over the West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne Kangaroos have seen the Bombers reignite their hopes of snaring a top eight spot.

The Bombers' return to form has hinged on two wins over the bottom two sides in the league. Can they now prove they are genuine contenders? 

Essendon Bombers Team News

Bryan and Baldwin are both omitted as Draper and Stringer are brought 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, P.Wright, B.Hobbs
FOLL: S.Draper, D.Parish, Z.Merrett - C
I/C: J.Stringer, J.Kelly, M.Guelfi, J.Menzie
EMG: J.Caldwell, W.Snelling, W.Setterfield, K.Baldwin


While the Giants are not in great form right now, I do not believe the two wins over the basement sides proves Essendon are contenders for a finals berth. I'm backing a home win. 

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