Fremantle Dockers vs. Essendon Bombers
MATCH UP STATS
Fremantle Dockers vs. Essendon Bombers
2018 premiership odds:Fremantle Dockers: $81 @ CrownBet.com.auEssendon Bombers: $15 @ CrownBet.com.au
Round 1 result:Fremantle Dockers: Lost to Port Adelaide: 60-110Essendon Bombers: Win over Adelaide: 99-87
Saturday, 31st March, 2018, 8.10 pm AEST, Optus Stadium, Watch on Fox Footy.
FREMANTLE begins its football journey at the new Optus Stadium this Saturday night against the red-hot Essendon Bombers.
Essendon started 2018 in the best way possible last week, beating last year’s grand finalists in a comeback victory in front of 40,000-plus fans. The team played at a riveting and dangerous pace, which was the reason they overcame an under-cooked Crows side. Even without star midfielder Zach Merrett, the midfield broke even against the well-equipped Adelaide line up.
Fremantle has copped plenty of flack in the past few weeks. They’re too slow, Nat Fyfe isn’t a true leader and Sandilands is too old. Most of the critics haven’t taken into account the ability of their opening round opponents, Port Adelaide, which could finish the year as a top four side. Fremantle will be looking to win its first match at the new Perth colosseum and kick off a new dynasty at the ground.
There’s quite a few interesting markets available – let’s take a look where the value is.
Fremantle Dockers vs Essendon Bombers Round 2 – Total Game Points Over/Under tips
The Dockers are more than capable of holding teams to low scores, their only problem is scoring themselves. With this knowledge in mind, the game could become a low-scoring slog. While Essendon plays at a faster pace, we suspect they’ll happily oblige to a low-scoring match, as long as it’s suiting them on the scoreboard.
Fremantle Dockers vs Essendon Bombers Round 2 – To Get 25 + Disposals
Bradley Hill @ $2.30 with Sportsbet
Optus Stadium has been built to match the dimensions of the great MCG. The wideness of the wings will benefit Hill more than anyone else who will take part in the match. With more space to run into, Bradley will find more space than ever. At $2.30, the odds are very endearing.
The reigning rising star has Essendon fans more excited than they have been in years. With his quality ball use, McGrath has become a target for handball receives and with Fremantle’s forwards showing a lack of desperation to lock down on running defenders, the Bombers star could have a career night.
Fremantle Dockers vs Essendon Bombers round 2 – Winning Margin tips
1 – 19 @ $4.50 with Sportsbet
We give the Dockers a red-hot chance at winning this game of football. After a shocker in round 1, Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe will be out for redemption. If he plays forward, it could free up the likes of Cam McCarthy and Shane Kersten to find more space against a capable Essendon backline. We expect an intense arm-wrestle and if Freo win, it won’t be by much more than three goals.
20 – 39 @ $4.50 with Sportsbet
If the Bombers are serious about playing September football, they are going to have to start winning games against bottom sides by hefty margins. At the New Optus Stadium, Joe Daniher could emulate his inner Buddy Franklin, who kicked eight goals at the venue last week, and take advantage of Fremantle’s lack of quality talls in the back half. If Essendon brings its A-game, its even spread of talent across the ground will be too much for the Dockers.
Fremantle Dockers vs Essendon Bombers Match Predictions
Match Result: Essendon Bombers to win @ $1.54 with Ladbrokes
Line Betting: Fremantle Dockers + 11.5 @ $1.92 with Ladbrokes
Fremantle seems to lack the confidence and cohesion to beat the in-form Essendon, but the unknown quantity is how the Dockers will play at its new home ground. The likes of Hurley, Stewart and Daniher will be too strong for the Fremantle defence to stop. We’re expecting a close one and Fremantle’s line could come into play.
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