Adelaide Crows vs Essendon Bombers Tips and Odds – AFL 2020 Round 8

Adelaide Oval will play host to Sunday's Round 8 AFL game between Adelaide Crows and Essendon Bombers. The game kicks off at 1:05 pm with Essendon Bombers heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Adelaide Crows vs. Essendon Bombers game and give you our free tips and bets.

When: Sunday July 26, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Where: Adelaide Oval

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Besieged off the field and battling on it, Adelaide Crows will take some stopping in the wooden-spoon race. Last weekend’s 23-point loss to St Kilda – after they competed well for most of the match – gave the Crows an 0–7 record.

No team has scored less or conceded more points than Adelaide.

The Crows’ task in getting off the mark doesn’t get much easier when they face an Essendon Bombers outfit desperate to put round 7 behind them.

The Bombers – touted as a genuine premiership chance during the lead-up – sank to a 42-point defeat to the Bulldogs, just their second loss of 2020. The effect of suspended Dylan Shiel’s absence was palpable and he’ll be missed again this week. Zach Merrett and David Zaharakis had decent 20-disposal games.

After winning just three of the previous 13 encounters, Essendon beat Adelaide in 2018 and ’19. Merrett (2 goals, 31 disposals) and the since-departed Mitch Brown (4 goals, 23 disposals) were the stars of last season’s 21-point win for the Bombers.

This is an ideal opportunity for the Bombers to confirm last weekend’s effort was a mere blip. Few AFL round 8 predictions will be favouring the Crows, who are a long way off the pace on both sides of the ball and will struggle to get close to the Bombers.

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Adelaide Crows vs Essendon Bombers Teams


B: L.Brown, D.Talia, W.Hamill

HB: F.McAsey, T.Doedee, R.Laird

C: D.Mackay, C.Jones, T.Lynch

HF: K.Hartigan, B.Smith, B.Crouch

F: T.Stengle, T.Walker, S.McAdam

FOLL: R.O’Brien, M.Crouch, P.Seedsman

I/C: L.Murphy, B.Keays, E.Himmelberg, A.McPherson

EMG: Gibbs, Crocker, Kelly, Atkins

IN: Murphy, Gibbs, Atkins, Himmelberg

OUT: McHenry (managed), Kelly (omitted)


B: M.Redman, A.Francis, M.Hurley

HB: C.McKenna, J.Ridley, A.Saad

C: K.Langford, Z.Merrett, B.Ham

HF: A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, D.Zaharakis, W.Snelling

F: J.Laverde, J.Townsend, D.Smith

FOLL: T.Bellchambers, D.Parish, A.McGrath

I/C: S.McKernan,, M.Hibberd, N.Cahill, M.Gleeson

EMG: Stewart, Cutler, Clarke, Guelfi

IN: Francis, Bellchambers, Gleeson

OUT: Hooker (injured), Phillips (omitted), Fantasia (injured)