Essendon Bombers vs. Richmond Tigers
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Essendon Bombers vs. Richmond Tigers
2018 premiership odds:Essendon Bombers: $67 @ CrownBet.com.auRichmond Tigers: $4 @ CrownBet.com.au
Form guide:Essendon Bombers: LLLWWRichmond Tigers: WWWLW
Round 10 result:Essendon Bombers: Win over GWS, 60-95Richmond Tigers: Win over St Kilda, 105-77
Saturday, 2nd June, 7:25 pm AEST, 2018, MCG, Watch on the Seven Network and on the Fox Footy Network.
Essendon will take on Richmond under the bright lights of the MCG on Saturday night as the amazing visuals and breathtaking indigenous ceremony set the stage for another classic Dreamtime clash.
The traditional fixture is one of the biggest on the AFL home and away calendar, up there with the ANZAC Day clash as one of the most-viewed and most-attended fixtures of the season.
This year’s blockbuster could be one of the closest matches to come out of Indigenous Round this year.
Essendon are on a roll and have its mojo back after a horrific start to the season, putting itself back in finals contention for 2018.
Richmond finds itself in a position of power at the MCG, winning its last 14 matches at the home of football. Essendon may be the home side, but the advantage sits on Richmond’s side of the table.
Richmond head Coach Damien Hardwick has praised his side’s ability to move the football and score, highlighting how well they have played in recent times. For the sake of everybody on the night, we hope there are no score reviews, as Richmond always cop the short end of the stick and make the news each week.
Let’s get right into this match, here are the tips we have identified for this massive clash at the MCG.
Essendon Bombers vs. Richmond Tigers Round 11 – Total Goals Tips
The Bombers have played very good football over the last fortnight and we cannot praise them enough for turning the club around so quickly. Scoring has being a breeze for the Bombers in the last couple of matches, kicking 26 goals across both matches in difficult conditions. With this in mind, we think the Dons will use their strengths to score plenty in this match, overcoming the powerful Richmond defence.
13.5 Over @ $1.94 with Sportsbet
The Tigers are the best team in Victoria and still the state’s best premiership chance at this stage of the season. With such a diverse forward line after Riewoldt went down last week, they still managed to kick a total of 15 majors. The Bombers’ greatest flaw at the moment is the backline. All Australian backman Michael Hurley is currently out with a hamstring strain, but could make an unlikely return this week. The Tigers will be far too powerful for the Bombers to stop under the MCG lights.
Essendon Bombers vs. Richmond Tigers Round 11 – Race to Tips
Race to 6 Goals
Richmond Tigers @ $1.53 with Ladbrokes
Not only do we believe the Tigers will kick a bag of goals, we also foresee them doing it quickly. The Punt Road army haven’t failed to impress us so far this season, winning a majority of early payouts. This week they should be in the position to do so once again. Josh Caddy has played terrifically as a big bodied midfielder that pushes forward. A significant impact will be made by Josh this week.
Race to 5 behinds
Damien Hardwick makes it clear that close matches are won by straight kicking, we think the Tigers will continue their accurate season and the Bombers could struggle in front of the big crowd. Even without wayward forward Joe Daniher, we still believe the Bombers will be missing a few this Saturday night.
Essendon Bombers vs. Richmond Tigers Round 11 – Yiooken Award (BOG) Tip
Alex Rance @ $15.00 with CrownBet
Normally our tip for the best afield in a match goes straight to the ruckman as they seem to make the biggest impact on the field, but for this special occasion we believe it will be Alex Rance silencing his critics. Lately the word overrated has been linked to Alex Rance, who has had a slower-than-usual start to the year. We predict this match to be won off the boot of Alex, who will take it upon himself to control the back half of the ground.
Bombers vs. Tigers Match Predictions
Match Result: Richmond Tigers to win @ $1.33 with William Hill
Line Betting: Essendon +22.5 with William Hill
Taking into account the brilliant form that the Bombers have created these last few weeks, we still see the Tigers winning this match by a comfortable margin. The Bombers may play with the same intensity as they have done previously, putting them in touch of the 22-point line.
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