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No club has enjoyed more VFL/AFL success than Essendon. The Bombers have won 16 top-flight premierships, including the very first way back in 1897. Only Carlton, their oldest rivals, have as many pennants in their clubrooms.

Times have been tough at Windy Hill since the turn of the millennium. After a record-breaking premiership year in 2000, a series of poor recruiting decisions (both on and off the field) saw Essendon vanish into the mires of mid-table mediocrity. Just as things were starting to turn around, a drawn-out doping saga brought the club to its knees, and the Dons are yet to fully recover from it.

Essendon experienced an up and down season in 2023. The Dons had a small chance to finally break their long-running finals hoodoo; however, they were comprehensively beaten in the last two rounds and finished 11th. After the Bombers acquired some high profile recruits during the trade period, they appear ready to take the next step and jump into the top eight in 2024.

How high can these Bombers fly in 2024? Let’s see what the top AFL betting sites can tell us about Essendon’s prospects in the upcoming season.

About the Essendon Football Club

Established: 1878
Home ground: Marvel Stadium
Coach: Brad Scott
Captain: Zach Merrett
Premierships: 16 – 1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1949, 1950, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000
2023 ladder finish: 11th (11-12-0)

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Updated Essendon futures betting

Latest Essendon AFL futures odds come courtesy of Sportsbet, where new customers can take advantage of some of the best AFL betting features and markets available. You can view the latest live odds at

2024 Premiership Make Finals Brownlow Odds Rising Star Odds Coleman Odds
January +3300 +200 Zach Merrett +2500 Elijah Tsatas +900 Peter Wright +1300
March +3300 +250 Zach Merrett +3300 Elijah Tsatas +1400 Peter Wright +2500
April +8000 +200 Zach Merrett +2500 Elijah Tsatas +3300 Kyle Langford +5000

Essendon Bombers Latest News & Tips

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Best Bombers bets for the 2024 AFL season

There are dozens of AFL futures markets for Essendon, but where are they likely to return some real value?

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Essendon 2024 AFL fixture

essendon bombers fixture
Round Date Opponent Time (local) Venue
1 Saturday, March 16 Hawthorn Hawks 1:45 PM MCG, VIC
2 Saturday, March 23 Sydney Swans 7:30 PM SCG, NSW
3 Saturday, March 30 St Kilda Saints 4:20 PM Marvel Stadium, VIC
4 Friday, April 5 Port Adelaide Power 7:40 PM Adelaide Oval, SA (GATHER ROUND)
5 Friday, April 12 Western Bulldogs 7:40 PM Marvel Stadium, VIC
6 Friday, April 19 Adelaide Crows 7:10 PM Adelaide Oval, SA
7 Thursday, April 25 Collingwood Magpies 3:20 PM MCG, VIC
8 Saturday, May 4 West Coast Eagles 6:10 PM Optus Stadium, WA
9 Saturday, May 11 GWS Giants 4:35 PM Marvel Stadium, VIC
10 Sunday, May 19 North Melbourne Kangaroos 1:10 PM Marvel Stadium, VIC
11 Saturday, May 25 Richmond Tigers 7:40 PM MCG, VIC
12 Sunday, June 2 Gold Coast Suns 4:00 PM Heritage Bank Stadium, QLD
13 Sunday, June 9 Carlton Blues 7:20 PM MCG, VIC
14 BYE
15 Sunday, June 23 West Coast Eagles 1:00 PM Marvel Stadium, VIC
16 TBC Geelong Cats TBC MCG, VIC
17 TBC Collingwood Magpies TBC MCG, VIC
18 TBC Melbourne Demons TBC MCG, VIC
19 TBC Adelaide Crows TBC Marvel Stadium, VIC
20 TBC St Kilda Sains TBC Marvel Stadium, VIC
21 TBC Fremantle Dockers TBC MCG, VIC
22 TBC Gold Coast Suns TBC Marvel Stadium, VIC
23 TBC Sydney Swans TBC Marvel Stadium, VIC
24 TBC Brisbane Lions TBC Gabba, QLD

Essendon players to watch in 2024

Xavier Duursma

Xavier Duursma

Born: 7/07/2000
Games: 73
Goals: 33
Position: Midfield/Forward

Xavier Duursma left Port Adelaide during the trade period, ending his 73-game stint with the Power and joined the Bombers. The 23-year-old only played in 16 games for Port Adelaide last year and 11 games in both 2021 and 2022. The hard-running midfielder clearly lost his spot in the Power’s best 22 and the move to the Bombers should provide him with more opportunity. With the likes of Nick Cox, Nick Martin and Nick Hind providing leg speed on the outside, Duursma will compliment them all well and should help strengthen Essendon’s midfield and forward stocks in 2024.

Jake Stringer

Jake Stringer

Born: 25/04/1994
Games: 189
Goals: 325
Position: Forward

Jake Stringer will enter his seventh season with the Bombers after joining them in 2018. However, Stringer is still seeking to play a full season with Essendon, after he only managed to play 17 games in 2023 and 15 in 2022. The 29-year-old has been tried in the midfield over the last two years as well as playing in the forward 50. In what should be his prime years of his AFL career, Stringer will be hoping that 2024 is the year that he can stay fit and healthy, and ultimately help the Bombers in their push to play finals footy.

Ben McKay

Ben McKay

Born: 24/12/1997
Games: 71
Goals: 1
Position: Defender

The biggest recruit during the offseason for the Bombers was Ben McKay. Essendon secured the ex-North Melbourne defender’s signature after he chose to explore his options in free agency at the end of 2023. The relationship between McKay and coach Brad Scott was one of the key pillars of the move and the 26-year-old is set to play a big role in defence for the Dons in 2024.

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