AFL Round 3: Melbourne v Essendon - Preview & Betting Tips

The battle of 17th and 18th and the two big disappointments of this season so far meet in a must-win game at the MCG on Friday night.

Ryan Lepore
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Wed, 3 Apr, 12:00 AM

Melbourne v Essendon - MCG -7:50 PM

It’s not often you see 17th versus 18th clash on a Friday night fixture but that’s exactly what we have this weekend as the Dees host the Bombers.

Both teams have been nothing short of disgraceful in their opening two matches, especially as both teams came in with high hopes of challenging for a top four position, especially Melbourne. Instead they sit rooted to the bottom of the ladder after consecutive second half fade-outs, which has seen them kick just six of 25 goals after half-time across losses to the Power and Cats. As a result, Melbourne will want to get off to a fast start on Friday night, something which could come to fruition against an Essendon side that has not kicked a first-quarter goal this season. Defeat on Friday would signal just the second 0-3 start in Essendon club history and the first since 1967.

 

Key Stat: Essendon has covered the like in its last seven Friday night matches

 

Tip: Melbourne

Best bet: Essendon +16.5 @ $1.92*

Value bet: Clayton Oliver 30+ disposals/5+ clearances @ $3.25*

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