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Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons Predictions & Tips - Over total points predicted

  • Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons predictions for their AFL Round 15 match
  • The match is being played at the MCG (10.25am BST)
  • Both sides rank in the top 5 for points per game this season
  • Over the total match points is predicted
  • Preview, stats, team news & predictions can be found below
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Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons Predictions


The Bombers rank in the top three for points per game this season, while the Demons are in the top five. A high-scoring game is predicted with over the points total.

  • Melbourne Demons currently sit 1 game clear on top of the ladder
  • Melbourne Demons have won their last 8 fixtures in Victoria
  • Tom McDonald has kicked 3+ goals in each of Melbourne Demons' last 3 games at the MCG
  • Melbourne rank top 5 in the AFL for points per game, tackles per game, inside 50's per game and hitouts per game in season 2021
  • Essendon Bombers rank top 3 in the AFL for points per game and goal assists per game in season 2021


Head to Head


From their last 10 clashes, Melbourne lead the head to head battle 6-4 over the Bombers.

That includes a 19-point victory at Metricon Stadium in Round 18, 2020 which was the last time these two sides met.

Essendon Bombers Form


The top eight on the ladder appeared set, but now with Richmond and Sydney's positions appearing a little shaky, there's hope for the Bombers.

They will enhance their finals hopes if they can get a big scalp in Round 15.

It was quite a mature win against the Hawks last Sunday in Hobart, a game they were mostly in control of. But they will need to step it up a gear, especially if the Demons bring back their ruthless form that sees them head the competition.

Ben Rutten has allowed this young team to play with freedom and they're unlikely to win in this if it turns into a tight arm wrestle, so his best chance is to attack and to try stretch Melbourne on the outside.


Essendon Bombers Team News


Forward Alex Waterman comes into the Bombers 22 for Round 15 while Tom Cutler (sub) and Ned Cahill make way.

Essendon Bombers Team List


B: Laverde, Stewart, Ridley
HB: Hind, Redman, Heppell
C: Langford, Merrett, Guelfi
HF: Perkins, Jones, Smith
F: Stringer, Hooker, McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: Draper, Parish, Ham
I/C: Zerk-Thatcher, Cox, Waterman, Wright
EMG: Phillips, Cutler, Zaharakis, Durham

Melbourne Demons Form


Melbourne Demons won their first nine games prior to a one point upset loss at the hands of Adelaide Crows.

They rebounded strongly, defeating two premiership chances with victories over the Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions in successive weeks.

For their Queen's Birthday clash, Collingwood rose to the occasion for coach Nathan Buckley's last game. The Demons simply couldn't go with the Pies in what was their flattest performance of the season.

Fresh off a bye, Simon Goodwin will be looking for a response from his players on Saturday night against an Essendon team that can make them pay if they're that little bit off.

Melbourne Demons Team News


Tough inside midfielder Jack Viney is a big inclusion for Melbourne in Round 15.

Sam Weideman (omitted) and Kade Chandler (sub) are out of the squad that faced Collingwood.


Melbourne Demons Team List


B: Hunt, May, Lever
HB: Hibberd, Petty, Salem
C: Jordon, Viney, Langdon
HF: Pickett, Fritsch, Sparrow
F: Neal-Bullen, McDonald, Spargo
FOLL: Gawn, Oliver, Petracca
I/C: Harmes, Jackson, Brayshaw, Rivers
EMG: Jones, Chandler, Jetta, Brown

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Verdict

Essendon will look to take this game on. This can open enough scoring opportunities overall to cover the 157.5 Total Match Points line.

Best Bet: Over 157.5 Total Match Points @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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