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Essendon Bombers vs Richmond Tigers Predictions & Tips - Tigers too good in Dreamtime in Perth

  • Essendon Bombers vs Richmond Tigers predictions for Saturday's AFL Round 12 match
  • The match is being played at Optus Stadium in Perth (10.40am BST)
  • The Tigers have won the last 10 matches against the Bombers
  • Richmond are tipped to make it 11 a row
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers clash in Perth (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 04 Jun 2021
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Essendon Bombers vs Richmond Tigers Predictions


Dreamtime at the G will be played in Perth following the restructuring of the AFL fixture list this week. That has meant an interstate trip for Richmond, while Essendon have been in the west all week.

Will that favour the Bombers? History suggests not with Richmond dominating Essendon. The Tigers are tipped for an 11th straight win over their rivals.

  • Essendon Bombers have won their last 3 matches.
  • Richmond Tigers have won the last 10 matches against Essendon Bombers.
  • Richmond Tigers have won by 1-39 points in 9 of the last 10 matches against Essendon Bombers.

Head to Head


This matchup has been dominated by the Tigers, who have won the last 10 in a row.

Only one of those wins has been a blowout by 40+ points, with Essendon keeping things respectable since last winning against the Tigers in 2014.

Essendon Bombers Form


Essendon have won their last three matches in a row, including when upsetting the West Coast Eagles in Perth last weekend.

The Bombers stunned their hosts, who had been unbeaten at Optus Stadium this season, to win 87-71.

Essendon had recorded 68-61 and 141-69 point wins over Fremantle Dockers and North Melbourne in the previous two weeks.

Essendon Bombers Team News


Aaron Francis comes back into the Bombers line-up after being a withdrawal from last week's win over the West Coast Eagles.

He replaced the injured Will Snelling, while Brandon Zerk-Thatcher is omitted.

Peter Wright was also a late exclusion against the Eagles. His calf injury keeps him on the sidelines.

Sam Draper is not quite ready to return from his ankle injury, but could be available next week.

Essendon Bombers Team List


B: Laverde, Francis, Ridley
HB: Heppell, Stewart, Hind
C: McGrath, Merrett, Cox
HF: Perkins, Stringer, Jones
F: Waterman, Hooker, McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: Phillips, Parish, Langford
I/C: Redman, Guelfi, Waterman, Ham
EMG: Zerk-Thatcher, Ambrose, Cahill, Bryan

Richmond Tigers Form


Richmond continued to trade wins and losses for the eighth week running when proving much too good for the Adelaide Crows in Round 11.

The Tigers were in a game at half-time, leading by just two points at the main break. But they kicked away in the second-half for a 111-83 victory at the SCG.

It was another good reaction to a defeat by the Tigers, who lost 102-74 to the Brisbane Lions the previous week.

Richmond Tigers Team News


Richmond have Shane Edwards back from injury and Marlion Pickett available after suspension.

That means last week's medi-sub Daniel Rioli is listed an emergency once again. He is joined on the emergencies by Sampson Ryan, who is possible debutant.

Toby Nankervis is ruled out with injury and key forward Tom Lynch remains out. 

Richmond Tigers Team List


B: Vlastuin, Balta, Grimes
HB: Short, Broad, Houli
C: McIntosh, Cotchin, Caddy
HF: Aarts, Edwards, Graham
F: Coleman-Jones, Martin, Riewoldt
FOLL: Chol, Bolton, Prestia
I/C: Baker, Pickett. Collier-Dawkins, Castgana
EMER: Rioli, Ryan, Ralphsmith, Miller

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Verdict

It is now seven years since Essendon last beat Richmond. Even the switch of venue to Perth won't help them with the Tigers tipped to make it 11 in a row.

Best Bet: Richmond Win Match Result @-200.00 at BetMGM - 5 Units
Value Bet: Richmond by 1-39 Winning Margin @105.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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05 Jun 2021

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