The Bombers look to continue their charge towards September.
Essendon are the best wildcard to go on and win the premiership. Yes, that is a big call, but they have shown this season that they are capable of beating any side in the competition and were emphatic last week dismantling St Kilda by 61 points after entering the game a betting outsider.
The Bombers will start favourite for just the third time this season and the one blight on their season is their inability to close out games that they would have penciled in for a win. Just once have the Bombers won as favourite and that was all the way back in Round 2 against Brisbane!
Their two worst performances of the year were the two games they lost as favourites - in Round 3 they were rolled by 15 points when paying $1.37 against arch rivals Carlton and they dropped a game to Brisbane a few weeks ago as hot $1.08 picks.
Despite these hiccups we anticipate the Bombers to win and win well.
Essendon has been building slowly while the bottom has completely fallen out of North Melbourne. The Kangaroos have lost six straight games and are a big chance of claiming the wooden spoon.
The Bombers will have way too much run through the middle and if their forward line is on song they are set for a big win.
Joe Daniher has been sensational this season and is just two goals off the lead in the Coleman Medal race.
Essendon will finish the year strongly with games coming up against North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Carlton, Gold Coast and Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.
The $1.95 with Sportsbet on the Bombers playing finals looks an extremely smart bet.
Zach Merrett had a game high 37 disposals last week and looks a good bet to notch 35 Disposals or more. Take the $2.63 @ Sportsbet.
ESSENDON -24.5 LINE
ZACH MERRETT MOST DISPOSALS