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Essendon vs Fremantle Preview & Betting Tips - Bombers set for a big win in Round One

Essendon have won 12 of their last 13 home matches against Fremantle
The Bombers host the Dockers at Marvel Stadium on Saturday (Getty Images)

Essendon vs Fremantle Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Essendon kick off their 2020 campaign when they host the Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium. The Bombers' form has fluctuated in recent seasons with a renewed focus on defence exhibited this pre-season. 

Fremantle are in a rebuilding phase and could struggle this season. The Dockers have a lack of firepower up front and are devoid of class at the back.

Essendon Team News

Jacon Townsend (ex Richmond) and Tom Cutler (ex Brisbane) make their debuts for Essendon this Saturday.

B: Aaron Francis, Michael Hurley, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
HB: Adam Saad, Jordan Ridley, Mason Redman
C: Kyle Langford, Andrew McGrath, David Zaharakis
HF: Orazio Fantasia, Jayden Laverde, Devon Smith
F: Jake Stringer, Jacob Townsend, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Darcy Parish, Will Snelling, Matt Guelfi, Tom Cutler

Fremantle Team News

Pick 17 in the 2018 AFL Draft Sam Sturt will make his AFL debut whilst James Aish (ex Collingwood) plays his first game for the Dockers.

B: Luke Ryan, Griffin Logue, Ethan Hughes
HB: Reece Conca, Brennan Cox, Taylin Duman
C: Brett Bewley, Nat Fyfe, James Aish
HF: Sam Sturt, Matt Taberner, Bailey Banfield
F: Travis Colyer, Rory Lobb, Michael Walters
Foll: Sean Darcy, Darcy Tucker, Andrew Brayshaw
I/C: Adam Cerra, Lachie Schultz, Mitchell Crowden, Cam McCarthy

Essendon vs Fremantle Head to Head

Essendon and Fremantle last met in Round 22 last season which saw the Bombers win by 32 points at Optus Stadium. Essendon have won the last three matches against Fremantle at Marvel Stadium by an average margin of 17 points.

Essendon vs Fremantle Betting Odds

Essendon are the clear and deserved 1.47 favourites to defeat Fremantle. The handicap line is 14.5 points which is expected to be covered by the Bombers.

Essendon vs Fremantle Match Up

Essendon have mobile and creative players including Jake Stringer, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Devon Smith and Orazio Fantasia that makes the Bombers hard to match. Dockers small forward Michael Walters is a classy player but Fremantle's midfield lacks depth.

Essendon vs Fremantle Stats

  • Essendon's Dylan Shiel has recorded 25+ disposals in his last 5 Round 1 starts.
  • Essendon have won 12 of their last 13 home matches against Fremantle.
  • Fremantle have seen under 150 points in their last 2 matches against Essendon.

Essendon vs Fremantle FAQ

When does the Essendon vs Fremantle game start?

The Essendon vs Fremantle game is scheduled to start at 02:10 GMT on Saturday, 210March 2020.

Where is the Essendon vs Fremantle match being played?

The Essendon vs Fremantle match is being played at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

Where can I watch the Essendon vs Fremantle live stream?

Check our live calendar to see where you can watch the Essendon vs Fremantle live stream.



Essendon should be beating up a moderate Fremantle side at Marvel Stadium. The stats point towards Bomber midfielder Dylan Shiel getting 25+ disposals yet again in Round 1.

Best Bet: Essendon Win Win Market @1.47 at bet365 - 6 Units
Handicap Tip: Essendon -14.5 Handicap Market @1.91 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Disposals Tip: Dylan Shiel 25+ To Get 25+ Disposals Market @2.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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