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Our Match of the Round weekly previews for the AFL.

Richmond v Essendon AFL

AFL Round 20 Preview – Richmond v Essendon

Richmond V Essendon – Round 20 – 7:50 PM August 08, 2014, MCG

Round 20 sees the return of the good old fashioned Friday Night Blockbuster, with traditional rivals Richmond and Essendon meeting in a game that could barely be more important for either side.  The Tigers improbably – or not depending on how you view their history in recent seasons – are making a late season surge and remarkably despite earlier this season having a 3-10 record are still a remote chance of making the finals.  They’ve won 5 in a row the Tiges, and while they haven’t all been stellar performances winning form is good form – including last week when they shot away from GWS early before having to grind out a 27 point win.

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Western Bulldogs v Essendon, AFL Round 18 2014

AFL ROUND 18 PREVIEW – Western Bulldogs V Essendon – #AFLDogsDons

Photo : APP: Joe Castro

 

Etihad Stadium, Sunday July 20, 4:40pm AEST

Sunday afternoon at Etihad this week features possibly the most intriguing game of the round, with the surging Bombers taking on a Bulldogs outfit playing with renewed confidence.

The game shapes as season defining for the Bombers, who despite showing great form to win 5 of their last 7 games including strong wins over finals contenders Adelaide, Port Adelaide away and last week Collingwood, have a nasty habit of dropping games they should win.  Those wins over strong teams have been somewhat cancelled out by poor losses to Melbourne and St Kilda, and far from convincing wins over Brisbane and these Bulldogs.  
A win this week would cement the Bombers place in the top 8 and could move them above North Melbourne into 6th on the ladder, while a loss could drop them straight back out of the 8.  For that reason alone it should be a highly motivated Essendon outfit on Sunday. They smashed the Pies last week, but getting motivated to play Collingwood has always been easy for Essendon teams, it’s the games they enter as strong favorites that are the problem.

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AFL Round 16 Preview – North Melbourne v Hawthorn

 North Melbourne v Hawthorn

Etihad Stadium, Friday July 4, 7:50pm AEST

The opening game of Round 16 sees a clash of two teams who couldn’t have had more contrasting results last weekend, top of the ladder Hawthorn versus 7th placed North Melbourne.

The Hawks come off a strong win over the Gold Coast Suns at Aurora Stadium. In a game that was competitive for much of the first half the Hawks put their foot on the gas just before half time and blew the Suns away, scoring 57 points straight without the Suns hitting the scoreboard at one point. The only negative to come out of the game was yet another serious hamstring injury to star small forward Cyril Rioli, who looks set to miss at least the next 2 months.

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Essendon Vs Adelaide, AFL

AFL Match Preview – Round 14 Essendon Vs Adelaide

Saturday, June 21 at Etihad Stadium, 7.40pm (AEST)

Saturday night at Etihad this week sees the stumbling Bombers come up against a revitalized Adelaide Crows.

The Bombers are coming off a disastrous loss against Melbourne in a game they dominated in every way, other than on the scoreboard when the final siren rang. Most tellingly they had almost double the amount of inside 50′s of the Demons, along with 9 more scoring shots, but lost by a point. Get the feeling goalkicking practice would have been high on the agenda at Tullamarine this week.

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