Richmond Tigers: $7.50 at Sportsbet
Essendon Bombers: $29
Richmond Tigers: 5th, 6-3, 103.5%
Essendon Bombers: 10th, 4-5, 100.8%
Richmond Tigers: WWLWW
Essendon Bombers: WLLLW
Richmond Tigers: Win over Hawthorn, 95-59
Essendon Bombers: Win over Fremantle, 60-53
Dreamtime at the ‘G is one of the most anticipated events on the AFL calendar each season, and this year is no exception.
A crowd of more than 80,000 is expected at the MCG on Saturday night as Richmond and Essendon play for the Kevin Sheedy Cup.
The all-time win-loss record for this clash goes slightly in Richmond’s favour, 8-6, with the Bombers losing the last four clashes.
John Worsfold and the Dons have been inconsistent this year, taking it up to sides like Collingwood, only to lose to the likes of St Kilda and Sydney.
Gauging Essendon’s season is almost impossible as they could turn it on at any stage, especially with small forwards Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Orazio Fantasia buzzing around inside 50.
The Tigers have been clinical despite the injuries, proving their depth is better than expected.
This is a match that could go either way, so there is plenty of value on offer at Australia’s best AFL betting sites.
Richmond vs Essendon goal kicking tips
Tom Lynch to kick three goals @ $1.80 with TAB
Michael Hurley and Cale Hooker may be good defenders, but the Tigers have been targeting Lynch to the point where they are giving up easy shots to get him involved. The former Gold Coast Suns captain kicked three goals straight last week, boosting his confidence ahead of this match.
Shaun McKernan to kick two goals @ $1.80
With Joe Daniher confirmed to be out for the season, a key-position player needs to stand up for the Essendon Football Club. McKernan was able to kick five goals in the three matches he has played this season but also misfired four times. If McKernan can take a few marks inside 50 and kick straight, he should boot a couple with no Alex Rance to stop him.
Tigers vs Bombers player disposals betting
Sydney Stack to get 20 disposals @ $2.40 with Sportsbet
Stack has proven himself in his short time at the club, giving the Richmond faithful great hope for the rest of his career. The talented West Australian teenager has got very close to 20 in many of his matches and will thrive in Dreamtime at the ‘G.
David Zaharakis to get 30 disposals @ $3.30
Zaharakis is a known ball-magnet that has served the Bombers his whole AFL career. If not for a three-disposal match last season, Zaharakis is averaging 33 possessions against the Tigers since 2016, including a 35-disposal best-on-ground performance. The quick midfielder will flourish under the MCG lights on Saturday night.
2019 Yiooken Award betting tips
Shane Edwards @ $18 with Sportsbet
The Yiooken Award is given to the player judged best afield in the Dreamtime match each season, with past winners including James Hird, Trent Cotchin and Dustin Martin. Shane Edwards won the award last season. Our tip is that he will go back-to-back and win it again. With Cotchin not in the middle, Edwards will look flashy with his speed and long kicking, making him standout amongst the rest of the candidates.
2019 Dreamtime Game predictions
Match Result: Richmond Tigers to win @ $1.60 with Bet365
Line Betting: Richmond Tigers -8.5 @ $1.90
Richmond are the better team at this point in time. They are much more consistent than the see-sawing Bombers, who will more than likely play two good quarters.
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