Start date: 24. Mar 2019, 06:20
Location: Sydney Venue: Skoda Stadium
Referee: Dean Margetts
NAME: GWS Giants – Essendon Bombers
DATE: March 24, 2019
TIME: 04:20 UTC
VENUE: Skoda Stadium, Sydney , Australia
GWS Giants was 7th in 2017 and lost to Collingwood Magpies in Quarter-finals (69:59). In pre-season GWS played 2 games and has 1-1 (won over Sydney Swans and lost to Adelaide Crows).
Essendon also played 2 preseason games, but lost all of them (to Geelong Cats and Carlton Blues) who aren’t bet teams in the League now.
In the last 5 head-to-head matches Essendon Bombers won just one time and I think it will not happen this weekend.
So, my prediction for the match: Greater Western Sydney to win the game for @1.78 in Bet365
I think it’s easy bet because teams will play in Sydney and there GWS are very good.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Essendon Bombers, two teams expected to make deep pushes into September, lock horns in a match of the round contest at Spotless Stadium in a Sunday twilight (local time) fixture.
So was 2018 a good or bad year for the Giants? Despite being devastated by injuries they still finished top six, won their first final before losing to eventual grand finalists Collingwood in the second week of the finals.
With no significant off season recruits, the club are definitely looking to youth to fill the shoes of the departed Dylan Shiel, Rory Lobb, Tom Scully and Will Setterfield.
Now into his third season as Bombers head coach, much expectation is on the shoulders of John Worsfold heading into this season as he leads ‘what on paper’ looks to be a well balanced squad.
While the club was not overly active in the off season, it did manage to trade for one big name – Dylan Shiel (from GWS). If he can effectively team up in the midfield with the likes of Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett and
Devon Smith, Essendon fans will have an exciting season ahead.
The last meeting between these two teams saw the Bombers come from behind late in the match with a six goal to one final quarter. While Jake Stringer and Mark Baguley kicked three goals each, David Zaharakis had his best game of the season (33 disposals) and was a clear best on ground.
Players to watch: Is this Brett Deledio’s last season at AFL level? He has had an injury plagued three-year stint with GWS and his end to last season showed little signs of recapturing his brilliant best form of a few years ago.
Which Joe Daniher will show up in season 2019? Will it be the wayward goal kicker who frustrates the club so vehemently, or will it be the 2017 showcase which saw him earn his first ever All-Australian honour?
Stat attack: The Giants have made the finals for three straight years.
Essendon averaged 11.9 bounces a match in 2018 compared to the Giants 7.2.
GWS have won three of the past four matchups.
Sources: www.flashscore.com and www.sofascore.com