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St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Saints to bounce back against Dons

  • St Kilda hosts the Bombers at the Gabba in Brisbane
  • St Kilda were one of the team's to beat this season before a heavy loss to Geelong
  • Are the Saints contenders or pretenders?
  • First bounce is scheduled for 6.35am BST on Sunday
St Kilda vs Essendon Betting Tips, Preview & Odds
St Kilda need to bounce back after a big loss to Geelong (Getty Images)

St Kilda and Essendon Bombers go head to head in an intriguing AFL Round 12 match on Sunday. The Bombers drew against the Suns in midweek, while the Saints were humiliated against Geelong. Who will react best?

Essendon have struggled down forward this year without having a tall, but James Stewart seemed to fill that void last week being a consistent target.

St Kilda simply played a slow and unorganised game last week which resulted in a 10-goal defeat. We know they are a better team than that, but have they lost their mojo?

St Kilda Form

The Saints need to bounce back to show the competition that they are still flag contenders this year after being embarrassed by Geelong last week.

If they can turn up in the kind of form that saw them beat leaders Port Adelaide, they will win this and be back in the hunt for a flag.

Dan Butler will be expected to step up after a four disposal game last week. He is a barometer for the side and needs to show his goal kicking talents again, as he has done for most of the season.

St Kilda Team News


*Round 11 sides listed as round 12 teams are unavailable

FB: N. Coffield, C. Wilkie, J Carlisle
HB: B. Paton, J. Geary, D. Howard
C: J. Billings, J. Gresham, J. Battle
HF: N. Hind, T. Membrey, B. Hill
FF: J. Bytel, M. King, D. Butler
FOL: R. Marshall, J. Steele, H. Clark
I/C:  B. Long, D. Kent, E. Philips, J. Sinclair

Essendon Bombers Form

The Dons will be heartbroken after a draw on Wednesday. That effort against the Suns could have taken a lot out of them. The quick back up does not suit the Suns, while St Kilda get six days leading into the match.

James Stewart stood tall in the forward line taking some big grabs, but they seemed rushed when entering the 50, often coughing up the ball trying to find better options. Essendon will need to be better against the Saints.

Essendon Bombers Team News


Expect Michael Hurley to make his way back into the side.

*Round 11 sides listed as round 12 teams are unavailable

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

St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers Head To Head

St Kilda have won two of their last three clashes, including their last meeting in March last year by 11 points.

This time, St Kilda are a much different side, playing a finals brand which could see them go a long way in this match.

St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers Betting Odds

St Kilda are the short priced favourites at 1.42 while Essendon are 2.79 outsiders.

The line has been set at -13.5.

St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers Match Up

They key match up in this game could be between Jack Billings and Darcy Parish.

Both players are young stars of the competition, but will need to be at their best to win the battle and push their team to victory in this match.

Billings needs to impact the scoreboard more, and help drive the ball inside the forward 50. Parish seems to flow in and out of matches, so consistency is his key.

If one of these two can impact the game from the get go, their side may be favoured to win the match.

St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers Key Stats

  • St Kilda had won four on end before their loss last week
  • Essendon has not won a match in their last 10 appearances when down at half-time
  • Essendon have not lost a day match in their last 10 appearances

St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers FAQ

What time is the St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers start?

The St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers match takes place at 6.35am on Sunday, August 16.

Where is the St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers game?

The St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers game takes place at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Can I watch a live stream of the St Kilda vs Essendon Bombers game?

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Verdict

We will be backing St Kilda to win on the line.

Best Bet: St Kilda -13.5 Line Betting @-111.11 at BetMGM - 10 Units

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