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Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Suns to overcome the Dons

  • Gold Coast Suns hosts Essendon Bombers at Metricon Stadium on Wednesday
  • Both sides have won just once in their last six matches
  • The last time they met, the Dons saluted by 10 points in a thriller
  • First bounce is at 10.10am BST
Gold Coast vs Essendon Betting Tips, Preview & Odds
Gold Coast look the stronger side heading into their clash with Essendon (Getty Images)

The Gold Coast Suns and Essendon Bombers clash at Metricon Stadium on Wednesday in the final game of AFL Round 11.

Both teams have only won one game in their last six matches, both against Sydney Swans. Both suffered heartbreaking losses last week after disappointing final quarters. 

Gold Coast Suns Form


The Suns looked incredibly promising to start the season with number one draft pick Matt Rowell arguably leading the Brownlow after four rounds. But after he suffered his shoulder injury against Geelong Cats they have not been the same.

Izak Rankine put on a magic show last week, taking a huge mark and kicking a crucial goal in the final term to keep them in the hunt, but that was still not enough to get them over the line as they went down 78-74 to St Kilda.

Gold Coast Suns Team News


We are still waiting for the debut of Sam Flanders, who could take his place this week and add some grunt to the Suns midfield and forward line.

*Round 10 teams are listed as round 11 teams are unavailable

FB: C. Budarick, S. Collins, J. Bowes
HB: J. Lukosius, C. Ballard, J. Harbrow
C: L. Weller, H. Greenwood, B. Ellis
HF: N. Holman, S. Day, W. Powell
FF: I. Rankine, B. King, B. Ainsworth
FOL: J. Witts, D. Swallow, T. Miller
I/C: A. Sexton, N. Anderson, S. Lemmens, J. Sharp

Essendon Bombers Form


The Bombers could be a top eight side with the likes of Hooker and Stringer back in the line up.

Either of these players are genuine superstars, but Stringer gives the side a tall target down forward and Hooker is the swing man who is as solid as a rock down back and up forward.

The absence of the pair was shown last week as they lacked goal kickers against GWS Giants last week, throwing away a big lead in the third and fourth quarters to go down 59-55.

While they have no goal kickers in their forward lin, Essendon are going to struggle to beat sides which is why we are tipping the Suns on top.

Essendon Bombers Team News


Essendon's injury list is growing, especially after Jacob Townsend suffered concussion last week, so their forward line is looking worse for wear heading into this.

*Round 10 teams are listed as round 11 teams are unavailable

FB: A. Francis, M. Hurley, B. Zerk-Thatcher
HB: J. Ridley, M. Guelfi, A. Saad
C: T. Cutler, D. Parish, D. Shiel
HF: W. Snelling, J. Townsend, D. Zaharakis
FF: A. McDonald-Tipungwuti, S. McKernan, K. Langford
FOL: S. Draper, Z. Merrett, A. McGrath
I/C: D. Smith, J. Stewart, M. Redman, C. McKenna

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers Head To Head

Essendon hold a strong record over Gold Coast, beating them in the last four clashes. But they have not been one sided affairs.

The last match was in July last year, where Hooker and Stringer kicked two goals to put the Bombers 10 points in front late in the match.

Neither of those matchwinners will be playing on Wednesday, so does that mean Gold Coast look the stronger side heading into the match of similar profiles?

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers Betting Odds

Gold Coast are the favourites heading into the match, quoted at 1.71 while the Dons are 2.15 outsiders.

The line has been set at -4.5 for the Suns.

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers Match Up

The possible match up of Ben Ainsworth and Adam Saad looks exciting. 

Both players are barometers for their club, and Ainsworth showed why last week he is one of their highly credentialed players, creating contests all over the ground and ensuring that the Suns gets every opportunity in their forward 50m.

The Bombers' Saad is a running machine off the half back line, often getting the hands off and running through the guts of the ground to send his side forward.

If Ainsworth can play a similar role to last week, Gold Coast's strong forwards will have plenty of opportunities to kick goals.

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers Key Stats

  • Shaun McKernan has been the first goal scorer in his last two appearances against the Gold Coast
  • Three of their last four clashes have gone between the 1-39 margin bracket
  • Kyle Langford as kicked two goals in three of his last four appearances

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers FAQ

What time dos the Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers match start?

The Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers match begins at 10.10am BST on Wednesday, August 12.

Where is the Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers being played?

The Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers is played at Metricon Stadium in Queensland.

Can I watch a live stream of the Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers match?

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Verdict

We will be backing Gold Coast to win by 1-39 points and backing Shaun McKernan to kick the first goal.

Best Bet: Gold Coast 1-39 Winning Margin @105 at BetMGM - 8 Units
Value Bet: Shaun McKernan First Goal Scorer @800 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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