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Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers Predictions & Tips - Dogs to move closer to minor premiership

  • Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers tips for Sunday's AFL Round 21 match
  • The match is being played at Marvel Stadium (6.20am BST)
  • Western Bulldogs have won the last 6 matches against Essendon Bombers
  • Will there be an upset at Marvel?
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Western Bulldogs having won the last 6 games against Essendon Bombers (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 06 Aug 2021
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Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers Predictions

The Bulldogs host the Bombers in huge contest with consequences. The Dogs need to win to remain on course for a first ever minor premiership, Essendon are a win outside of the top 8 and fighting for the finals.
  • Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers Predictions
  • Head to Head 
  • Western Bulldogs Form
  • Western Bulldogs Team News
  • Western Bulldogs Team List 
  • Essendon Bombers Form
  • Essendon Bombers Team News
  • Essendon Bombers Team List
  • Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers FAQs

Western Bulldogs have won the last six head to heads and are tipped to cover the handicap and remain top of the pile.

  • Western Bulldogs have won their last 3 matches.
  • Western Bulldogs have won the last 6 matches against Essendon Bombers. 
  • Western Bulldogs won the last match 93-51 at Metricon Stadium against Essendon Bombers last season. 
  • Essendon Bombers last beat the Western Bulldogs in 2014. 
  • Essendon Bombers have lost their last 2 matches.

Head to Head 

The Bulldogs boast a long winning streak against the Bombers, currently standing at six games. Essendon last defeated the Bulldogs in 2014. 

Western Bulldogs Form

Western Bulldogs are holding on to the top spot by a stronger percentage to Geelong. After the Cats lost of Friday, they can take a step closer to a first minor premiership. 

The Bulldogs are on a three-game winning streak and now have the minor premiership to lose on the run to the finals.

The Dogs remain the competition's highest scoring team averaging over 95 points per match.

Brownlow favourite Marcus Bontempelli remains in good form and leads the elite midfield in significant stats like Score Involvements and Tackles. 

Western Bulldogs Team News

Ball magnet Adam Treloar has been cleared to play after his ankle injury which has kept him out since Round 10.

Taylor Duryea was managed last match and returns against the Bombers and defender Ed Richards has undertaken all concussion protocols comes back in.

Mitch Hannan is out injured, Cody Weightman is managed and Roarke Smith is left out.

Western Bulldogs Team List 

B: Wood, Cordy, Williams
HB: Daniel, Schache, Dale
C: Treloar, Liberatore, La.Hunter
HF: Johannisen, Naughton, B.Smith
F: Ugle-Hagan, Bruce, Dunkley
FOLL: English, Macrae, Bontempelli
I/C: Richards, Duryea, Scott, Garcia
EMER: McNeil, R.Smith, Khamis, Sweet

Essendon Bombers Form

Essendon have lost the last two games and now sit outside a finals spot and needing to salvage their season.

The Bombers now need to beat the best in order to stay in the hunt for the flag following defeats to GWS Giants and Sydney Swans.

The Bombers are a strong attacking side, sitting comfortably in the top 5 for many forward statistics. 

Former Bulldog Jake Stringer has been a star for the Bombers of late, but he is yet to beat his former side in the Black and Red of Essendon. 

Essendon Bombers Team News

Captain Dyson Heppell will be out with a thumb injury this week and Kyle Langford is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Archie Perkins is omitted by the Bombers.

The replacements include Marty Gleeson, Matt Guelfi and Alec Waterman.

Essendon Bombers Team List

B: Laverde, Stewart, Francis
HB: Redman, Ridley, Hind
C: Cutler, Merrett, Cox
HF: Smith, Stringer, Clarke,
F: McDonald-Tipungwuti, Wright, Durham
FOLL: Draper, Snelling, Parish
I/C: Gleeson, Guelfi, Waterman, Shiel
EMER: Ham, Hooker, Phillips, Perkins

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It is hard to see anything other than a Bulldogs victory as they continue to dominate the Bombers. Covering a -25.5 handicap should be comfortably achieved by the Dogs.

Best Bet: Bulldogs -25.5 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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