|Port Adelaide vs Essendon AFL Betting Odds and Game Info|
|AFL betting odds||Power $1.16 at BetOnline | Bombers $5.50 at Sportsbet|
|When||Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 4:05pm ACDT|
|Where||Adelaide Oval – Adelaide, South Australia|
|Last time they met||Port Adelaide 11.13.79 – Essendon 4.5.29 (R17, 2020)|
|Watch live||Seven (SA), Fox Footy, Kayo|
Thousands of local fans will head to Adelaide Oval this Saturday afternoon to watch Port Adelaide take on Essendon in the Power’s first home game of the 2021 AFL season.
Orazio Fantasia will face his old teammates for the first time since requesting a trade to the Port Adelaide Power last year, and the Bombers might well apply some extra physicality when the forward goes near the footy.
Even though the Dons blew a massive 39-point lead to the Hawks, their 10-goal first half displayed plenty of promise.
Currently sitting atop the AFL ladder after a big win over North Melbourne in round one, the Power are red-hot favourites to start the season 2-0.
Key matchup: Travis Boak vs Zach Merrett
The midfield battle may be one of the only close contests in this match, as Port should overpower the Bombers inside the arcs with their experienced lineup. Travis Boak and Zach Merrett are the key centremen for each side, and they both got their seasons off to a flyer in round one. Merrett has played well against the Power in the past, and the Bombers will need another strong performance from their star midfielder if they are to have any chance of keeping this one close.
Port Adelaide Power betting info
It only took one good quarter for the Power to create an insurmountable lead over the Kangaroos as they cruised to a big victory in round one. Ollie Wines was the main disposal-getter, but the Port midfield shared the load in that regard. All the forwards had an impact, with five of them kicking multiple goals. We would not be surprised if the Power posted another big score against the less experienced Dons.
- Ryan Burton
- Tom Clurey
- Dan Houston
- Aliir Aliir
- Tom Jonas
- Darcy Byrne-Jones
- Xavier Duursma
- Ollie Wines
- Karl Amon
- Orazio Fantasia
- Peter Ladhams
- Steven Motlop
- Zak Butters
- Charlie Dixon
- Robbie Gray
- Scott Lycett
- Willem Drew
- Travis Boak
- Todd Marshall
- Hamish Hartlett
- Miles Bergman
- Kane Farrell
- Tom Rockliff (Emg)
- Trent McKenzie (Emg)
- Mitch Georgiades (Emg)
- Boyd Woodcock (Emg)
- Coach: Ken Hinkley
Essendon Bombers betting info
When they were switched on in the first half against the Hawks, the Essendon Bombers looked fantastic with the football and converted their chances well, but they fell apart quickly once some pressure was applied. Four midfielders hit the scoreboard last week, while their young forwards Harrison Jones and Nik Cox were quiet. They could struggle to kick a winning score this week against Port’s tight back six.
- Brayden Ham
- Peter Wright
- Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
- Dylan Shiel
- Harrison Jones
- Will Snelling
- Ned Cahill
- Zach Merrett
- Darcy Parish
- Nick Hind
- Jordan Ridley
- Dyson Heppell
- Jayden Laverde
- Cale Hooker
- Mason Redman
- Sam Draper
- Jye Caldwell
- Kyle Langford
- Andrew McGrath
- Devon Smith
- Nikolas Cox
- Aaron Francis
- Martin Gleeson (Emg)
- Tom Cutler (Emg)
- Alec Waterman (Emg)
- Nick Bryan (Emg)
- Coach: Ben Rutten
Port Adelaide vs Essendon betting predictions
Zak Butters to kick 2+ goals
In what we expect to be a one-sided affair, the Power forwards should share the load well again, giving Zak Butters a chance to kick another pair of goals. The inclusion of Orazio Fantasia has been fantastic for Port, and since the Bombers might have to play their best small defender on Orazio after he kicked four goals in round one, Butters could go under the radar and still kick his two majors.
Zak Butters 2+ goals
Zach Merrett to get 30+ disposals
With Andrew McGrath and Dylan Shiel beside him in the midfield, Zach Merrett does not need to carry the Bombers, but he will still be their best kick out of the middle. Merrett should use his good endurance and footy IQ to tally up handball receives and rack up 30 disposals against the Power, which he did in back in their 2019 clash.
Zach Merrett 30+ disposals
Port Adelaide vs Essendon same game multi
The home crowd will be in full force for this contest, and they should be in for a good night. Whereas Essendon capitulated in round one, Port took the foot off the gas against North Melbourne and still won by 52 points. Take the big margin on the Power along with Butters for a couple goals and Merrett to have 30 or more touches.
Port Adelaide 40+ / Butters 2+ goals / Merrett 30+ disposals
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