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Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers Preview & Betting Tips - Bombers can upset the Swans in Sydney

  • Essendon head north to tackle the Sydney Swans this Sunday
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Essendon take on the Swans this Sunday at the SCG. (Getty)

Swans vs Bombers Tips & Betting Preview

Both Sydney and Essendon arrive - albeit with a long gap due to the halting of the AFL season - off narrow first round victories. The Swans prevailed by four points against the Crows in Adelaide, wihlst the Bombers held off a galant Fremantle Dockers by six points to open their account in 2020.

Whilst the Swans are historically a hard team to beat at the SCG, it's easy to come to the conclusion that they are going through a rebuilding stage currently. The absences of their superstar Buddy Franklin along with Sam Reid will be hard to overcome in what is an otherwise very inexperienced forward line.

To counter that, the Bombers perhaps aren't as suited to the smaller confines of the SCG which can negate their hard running style.

Sydney Team News

B: Jake Lloyd, Dane Rampe, Aliir Aliir
HB: Callum Mills, Kaiden Brand, Harry Cunningham
C: Lewis Taylor, Luke Parker, Jordan Dawson
HF: Oliver Florent, Tom McCartin, Isaac Heeney
F: Sam Gray, Nick Blakey, Will Hayward
Foll: Callum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Tom Papley
I/C: Colin O'Riordan, James Rowbottom, Justin McInerney, George Hewett

Essendon Team News

B: Aaron Francis, Cale Hooker, Michael Hurley
HB: Adam Saad, Mason Redman, Jordan Ridley
C: Tom Cutler, Andrew McGrath, Zach Merrett
HF: Devon Smith, Will Snelling, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
F: Jake Stringer, Shaun McKernan, Jacob Townsend
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Dyson Heppell, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford, David Zaharakis, Matt Guelfi

Sydney vs Essendon Head to Head

Playing the Swans in Sydney has been hard work for Essendon in recent years. The Swans have been undefeated against Essendon at home since 2009.

Sydney lead 8-2 in their last 10 encounters versus the Bombers with the two losses both coming in Melbourne.

Throughout history though it's tight, with the Bombers leading the Swans 32-30 in all battles since 1980.

Sydney vs Essendon Betting Odds

At 1.75, Sydney are the favourites with bet365 over Essendon who are at a 2.10 quote in the head-to-head market. They look good value at that price.

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Sydney vs Essendon Match Up

Essendon will fancy themselves to upset the Swans minus Franklin and Reid, and buck their losing trend in the Harbour City.

Whilst the Sydney defence still looks honest on paper, it'll be their forward line that could be the undoing of the Swans in this one. The talented but inexperienced talls in Tom McCartin and Nick Blakey still look some way off, and the experienced and big bodied Essendon defenders in swingman Cale Hooker and Michael Hurley will be confident in winning that battle.

Sydney can still be threatening through Isaac Heeney and the creative Tom Papley, but they may be needed further up in the ground in a Swans line-up that is lacking the depth we've been accustomed to seeing in recent years. It's hard to see where a decent score comes from in this 22, so they'll want a low scoring and defensive encounter on Sunday.

Essendon have a key out in Orazio Fantasia, but their depth through the mid-sized and smaller forwards is quite strong with Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti likely to be be very prominent if the Bombers are to prevail.

Sydney vs Essendon Key Stats

  • Essendon's Zach Merrett has notched up 25 plus disposals in 15 of the Bombers last 18 away games.
  • Sydney have won their last five SCG clashes versus the Bombers.
  • Josh Kennedy has accrued 25 or more disposals in six of Sydney's last seven home matches versus Essendon.

Sydney vs Essendon FAQ

When does the Sydney vs Essendon game start?

The Sydney vs Essendon game is scheduled to start at 6.35am BST on Sunday, June 14 2020.

Where is the Sydney vs Essendon match being played?

Sydney will play Essendon at the SCG in Sydney.

How can I live stream the Sydney vs Essendon match?

Visit our live streaming page for information on how you can watch the Sydney vs Essendon Round 2 AFL match.



Essendon have to buck some bad recent history in Sydney, but they've seen much stronger Swans line-ups than this in them times and we're with them to score an upset win on Sunday.

The classy Bombers Forward/Midfielder Devon Smith knows where the goals are and only needs a few sniffs to give the $6.50 to kick 2 or more a real shake.

Match Result: Essendon To Win @2.10 at bet365 - 4 Units
Goal Scorer: Devon Smith To Score 2+ Goals @6.50 at Paddy Power - 1 Unit

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