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Essendon Bombers vs St Kilda Predictions & Tips - Saints to add to Bombers' problems

  • Essendon Bombers vs St Kilda predictions for Saturday's AFL Round 3 match
  • The match is being played at Marvel Stadium (6.35am BST)
  • St Kilda have won their last 2 matches against Essendon
  • Saints are tipped to add to the Bombers' record of 10 losses in the last 12 matches
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Essendon Bombers have lost 10 of their last 12 matches (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 02 Apr 2021
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Essendon Bombers vs St Kilda Predictions


Essendon Bombers have a mounting injury list and are staring down the barrel of an 0-3 start to the season. Saints were beaten last week, but are backed to bounce back and make it three wins in a row over Essendon.

  • Essendon Bombers have lost 10 of their last 12 matches.
  • St Kilda have won their last 2 matches against Essendon Bombers.
  • St Kilda have won 3 of their last 5 matches.
  • St Kilda have won 6 of their last 8 matches at Marvel Stadium by 1-39 points.

Head to Head


St Kilda have won the last two clashes with Essendon Bombers and five of the last seven match ups. 

Saints were 11-point winners in 2019, while last year they recorded a 35-point success in a low-scoring 68-33 match.

Essendon Bombers Form


Essendon Bombers' Round 1 choke was followed by a 119-65 loss to Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval last weekend.

The Bombers led by 40 points against Hawthorn on the opening weekend, and were still in front with 90 seconds remaining. But they lost by a point in a 92-91 defeat.

It is now 10 defeats and just one win in the last 12 games for Essendon.

Essendon Bombers Team News


Dylan Shiel, Jye Caldwell and Sam Draper are all set for lengthy spells after picking up injuries last week.

Zach Reid, David Zaharakis and Michael Hurley are also expected to remain out.

Alec Waterman is set for his Bombers debut and Draft Pick No. 9 Archie Perkins is also named for a first start. 

Jack Stringer returns to provide a much-needed boost to the Dons forward line with his first appearance of the season, and Matt Guelfi is named to start.

Essendon Bombers Team List


B: J.Laverde, B.Zerk-Thatcher, A.Francis
HB: M.Guelfi, J.Ridley, N.Hind
C: A.McGrath, Z.Merrett, N.Cox
HF: D.Smith, C.Hooker, A.Perkins
F: A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, H.Jones, A.Waterman
FOLL: P.Wright, D.Parish, B.Ham
I/C: M.Redman, K.Langford, W.Snelling, J.Stringer
EMG: T.Cutler, N.Bryan, M.Gleeson, N.Cahill

St Kilda Form


St Kilda sit with an even 1-1 record for the season after going down 91-73 loss to Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium last week.

The Saints weren't at their fluent best in Spud's Game as they lost for only the second time in eight matches at Marvel.

St Kilda had won their opening game when coming from behind to beat GWS Giants 86-78 last week.

St Kilda Team News


New recruit Brad Crouch is available to make his club debut after serving his suspension.

Jimmy Webster is ruled out after suffering a head knock in last week's defeat to the Demons.

St Kilda Team List


B: N.Coffield, D.Howard, C.Wilkie
HB: D.McKenzie, J.Sinclair, H.Clark
C: J.Billings, S.Ross, B.Hill
HF: D.Butler, J.Higgins, J.Gresham
F: J.Battle, M.King, T.Membrey
FOLL: S.McKernan, J.Steele, Z.Jones
I/C: J.Carlisle, M.Wood, B.Crouch, J.Lonie
EMG: B.Long, D.Kent, P.Hunter, J.Bytel

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Verdict

St Kilda have a strong record at Marvel Stadium, last week's defeat aside. They should be too good for an injury-riddled Essendon side which is stuck in a rut. Take Saints to cover a -22.5 handicap and win by 1-39 points.

Best Bet: St Kilda -22.5 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: St Kilda by 1-39 Winning Margin @100.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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