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09 Jun 2023
Freetips staff 09 Jun 2023
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  • Carlton vs Essendon Bombers predictions for Sunday's AFL Round 11 match (19:15 AEST)
  • The Blues have won their past 3 games against the Bombers
  • Can Carlton turn around their self destructive season?

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Carlton vs Essendon Predictions

Essendon is sitting in sixth position on the ladder after securing a win against North Melbourne and are favourites to win this one.
  • Carlton vs Essendon Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Carlton Form
  • Carlton Team News
  • Carlton Team List
  • Essendon Bombers Form
  • Essendon Bombers Team News
  • Essendon Bombers Team List

Carlton's scoring woes continue and will need to fix their inaccurate goalkicking and field kicking, in order to get back in the winners circle. The Blues have the fire power and need to play can play a more attacking game against the Dons.

  • Essendon Bombers have won 7 matches this year and are in 6th spot on the ladder
  • Carlton Blues have won 4 games and drew one game also
  • Carlton Blues have won their past 3 games against the Essendon Bombers

Head to Head

Carlton Blues have won 6 of their past 10 meetings against the Essendon Bombers. 

In Round 10 in 2022, Carlton defeated Essendon 80-54, and in Round 7, 2021, Carlton won 123-107.

Carlton Form

Carlton have lost seven of their past eight games during a poor run of form. 

Last time out, the Blues lost to Melbourne in what was a low scoring affair 61-44. They went down to Sydney Swans at the SCG 77-51 prior to that. 

The Blues have not scored over 60 points in the past four games, so they will need to change up their game plan somewhat.

Carlton Team News

Carlton has omitted Zac Fischer and Lochie O'Brien.

Marc Pittonet is back to take up the number 1 ruck position and Ed Curnow is selected in the eighteen as the rover.

Jack Martin, Lachlan Cowan and Lachie Fogarty are all on the extended bench.

Carlton Team List

B: A. Cincotta, J.Weitering, J.Boyd
HB: B.Kemp, M.McGovern, A.Saad
C: B.Acres, P.Cripps, S.Walsh, 
HF: J. Martin, C.Curnow, S.Docherty
F: M.Owies, H.McKay, T.De Koning,
FOLL: M.Pittonet, A.Cerra, E.Curnow
I/C FROM:  M.Cottrell, J.Motlop, M.Kennedy, J.Silvagni, Le.Young, L.Fogarty, L. Cowan, P. Dow

Essendon Bombers Form

In a high scoring, see-sawing game, Essendon won a nailbiter by six points against North Melbourne, after Ambrosio kicked a late goal. 

The Bombers weren't overly impressive in that win, though still got the job done. 

The week prior Essendon took care of the West Coast Eagles in Perth by 50 points. 

In the Dreamtime game the Bombers beat Richmond by one point.

Essendon Bombers Team News

Dylan Shiel is out of the team injured. The Bombers welcome back Peter Wright into the team at Full Forward after a lengthy layoff.

Onto the extended bench are Tex Wanganeen who booted 2 goals and had 20 disposals in the VFL. Jake Kelly (24 disposals) and Nick Bryan who played a serviceable game also.  

Essendon Bombers Team List

B: A.McGrath, B.Zerk-Thatcher, J.Laverde
HB: M.Redman, J.Ridley, K.Langford
C: N.Martin, Z.Merrett, D.Heppell
HF: S. Durham, S.Weideman, A.Perkins 
F:  M.Guelfi, P. Wright, J.Stringer 
FOLL: S.Draper, B.Hobbs, J.Caldwell 
I/C FROM: N.Hind, N.Bryan, J. Kelly, T. Wanganeen, A. Phillips, J.Menzie, W. Snelling , M.D’Ambrosio


Carlton are desperate for a win and might have caught Essendon at the right time. I'm tipped the Blues to win and for Charlie Curnow to get the first goal.

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