AFL Round 8: Sydney v Essendon Preview & Betting Tips

Sydney will be looking to revive their season against the Bombers in a must-win clash for the home team.

Ryan Lepore
Tue, 7 May, 12:00 AM

Sydney v Essendon - SCG - 7:50pm

Sydney will host Essendon at the SCG on Friday night in a bid to snap their losing streak at their home ground and get their season back on track.

The Bombers have outshone the Swans so far this season, winning three of their seven matches – two more than the last-placed Swans. However, neither side was successful last time out as Essendon fell by 32-points against Geelong, while Sydney were beaten by Brisbane for the first time in a decade at the Gabba. It also marks the first time in 26 years the Swans have been on the bottom of the ladder.

The Bombers will be looking to break a drought of their own at the SCG which dates back to 2009. However, they will be favoured to do so in no small part to the fact the Swans have completely forgotten about home-ground advantage, suffering five consecutive defeats at this venue. Three of those losses have come in 2019, during which Sydney has conceded an average of 102.7 points, a factor the dangerous attack of Essendon will look to exploit.


Key Stat: Sydney has won its last eight home matches against Essendon.


Tip: Essendon

Best bet: Essendon 1-39

Value bet: Essendon -11.5/Under 163.5

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