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Essendon Bombers vs Carlton Betting Tips & Odds - Blues to build on last week's win

  • The Bombers missed last week after a game postponement 
  • Essendon's training schedule has been disrupted
  •  The Bombers will be without captain Dyson Heppell who got the three Brownlow votes last time these teams meet
  • Sam Docherty has recorded 25 or more disposals in his last six games at the MCG
  • Can the Blues build on last week's remarkable win?
Sam Docherty
Sam Docherty hasn't missed a beat since returning to the Carlton line up (Getty)
 
Arch rivals Essendon and Carlton meet at the MCG on Saturday in AFL Round 4.

For the first time in almost a decade, there's more than just bragging rights on the line with both teams harbouring finals aspirations. Carlton can continue its climb up the ladder if they can record back-to-back wins following last week's victory. Essendon returns to the playing field after last week's game postponement.

Will the enforced lay off and disrupted training schedule take its toll on the Bombers?

Essendon Form & Team News

Essendon returns to AFL action this week after a Covid-19 scare saw last week's match against Melbourne Demons postponed. The Dons had started 2020 undefeated, with narrow wins over the Dockers and the Sydney Swans.

Captain Dyson Heppell misses the game with a foot injury. The skipper was huge in last year's game against the Blues, gathering a game-high 36 disposals. In positive news, the Dons regain Orazio Fantasia, who has overcome a quad injury while dependable backman Marty Gleeson takes the place of Matt Guelfi, who has been omitted.

The Essendon team for Saturday night can be found below:

B: Francis, Hooker, Hurley
HB: Saad, Redman, Ridley
C: Cutler, Merrett, Zaharakis
HF: Smith, Snelling, McDonald-Tipungwuti
F: Stringer, McKernan, Townsend
FOLL: Bellchambers, McGrath, Shiel
I/C: Gleeson, Parish, Langford, Fantasia

Carlton Form & Team News

The Blues were brilliant last week, defeating the Geelong Cats in one of the upsets of the season. Carlton took a big lead into the fourth quarter and almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but coach David Teague would be proud of how his side knuckled down to get the points.

There's only one change to the Carlton line up this week with speedster Sam Philip making his debut for the Blues with Harry McKay making way through injury.

The Carlton team for Saturday night can be found below:

B: Simpson, Jones, Plowman
HB: Petrevski-Seton, Weitering, Docherty
C: Murphy, Cripps, Newnes
HF: Gibbons, Casboult, Martin
F: Betts, McGovern, Cuningham
FOLL: Pittonet, Walsh, Curnow
I/C: Williamson, Silvagni, Setterfield, Philp

Essendon vs Carlton Head To Head

These bitter rivals have had an incredibly consistent run of sharing the points in recent years.

The two teams drew in 2015 and since then the results have gone back and forth over the last six games, with the games split 3-3.

The Bombers won the last meeting between the two sides by 41 points.

Essendon vs Carlton Betting Odds

The Bombers are the 1.65 favourites heading into Saturday night with the Blues the 2.25 outsiders.

The line is set at -4.5 in favour of the Dons.

Essendon vs Carlton Match Up

Eddie Betts is the danger man for the Bombers, but the question is, who will line up alongside the veteran small forward?

The returning Marty Gleeson should get the first opportunity on the crafty Betts, but if he is unable to quell him coach John Worsfold could be forced to send emerging on-baller Andrew McGrath down back, given he's kept him goaless in his last two matches.

If Betts stars again as he did against the Cats last week, the Dons will be in trouble.

Essendon vs Carlton Key Stats

  • Mitch McGovern has been the first goal scorer in his last two matches against Essendon
  • Sam Docherty has gathered 25 or more disposals in his last six matches at the MCG
  • Michael Gibbons has kicked at least one goal in nine of his last 11 matches

Essendon vs Carlton FAQ

What time does the Essendon vs Carlton begin?

Essendon meets Carlton on the MCG with the first bounce schedule will be played at 10.40am on Saturday, June 27.

Where will the Essendon vs Carlton match be played?

Essendon and Carlton clash on Saturday night at the MCG.

How can I live stream the Essendon vs Carlton match?

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Verdict

We can't overlook how brilliant the Blues were last week and Essendon's disrupted week and lack of genuine game preparation will be telling.

We're also having a wager on Docherty to get 25 or more disposals for the seventh time in a row on the MCG.

Best Bet: Carlton Blues To Win @2.25 at bet365 - 10 Units
Value Bet: Sam Docherty 25 Or More Disposals @2.00 at bet365 - 5 Units

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