Melbourne Demons vs Essendon Bombers Tips and Odds – AFL 2022

MCG will play host to Friday's Round 3 AFL game between Melbourne Demons and Essendon Bombers. The game kicks off at 7:20 pm with Melbourne Demons heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Melbourne Demons vs. Essendon Bombers game and give you our free tips and bets.

When: Friday April 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm

Where: MCG

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Melbourne Demons vs Essendon Bombers Odds

Melbourne Demons vs Essendon Bombers Preview

There was much attention when Mick Malthouse picked the Bombers to win this year’s premiership, but the Dons are 0-2 and have put in some Barry Crockers in the first two rounds of the season.

Can we write them off for a tilt at the flag (let alone winning a final) this season?

Of course, we can.

Come September, Essendon’s finals drought will turn 18 and be old enough to open an account with Neds.

As for the game itself, Melbourne is flying.

The reigning premiers just keep on keeping on, Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver and co are playing the best footy of their lives.

However, there’s one stat that caught my eye more than anything else when trying to find a tip for this match:

Essendon has lost 16 of its last 17 matches against reigning premiers.

I don’t think the Dons will get belted, but the Dees will win.

The 1-39/over combo is a nice bit of value for this clash.

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Head To Head Bet

Melbourne Demons
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We're tipping Melbourne Demons to win at $1.19 odds.

First Goal Scorer

Christian Petracca
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First Goal Scorer: Christian Petracca at $13.

Melbourne Demons vs Essendon Bombers Teams


B: T.Rivers, A.Tomlinson, S.May

HB: J.Hunt, J.Smith, J.Jordon

C: T.Sparrow, C.Petracca, E.Langdon

HF: L.Jackson, T.McDonald, J.Viney

F: B.Fritsch, B.Brown, C.Spargo

FOLL: M.Gawn, C.Oliver, K.Pickett

I/C: J.Harmes, A.Brayshaw, J.Bowey, A.Neal-Bullen

EMG: T.Bedford, J.Melksham, S.Weideman, L.Dunstan

IN: Nil

OUT: T.Bedford (sub)


B: J.Stewart, J.Laverde, J.Kelly

HB: M.Redman, D.Heppell, N.Hind

C: A.McGrath, J.Caldwell, T.Cutler

HF: J.Stringer, M.Guelfi, N.Martin

F: A.Perkins, P.Wright, T.Wanganeen

FOLL: S.Draper, D.Parish, S.Durham

I/C: J.Ridley, D.Shiel, B.Ham, A.Phillips

EMG: B.Hobbs, B.Zerk-Thatcher, D.Smith, A.Waterman

IN: N.Martin, D.Shiel, A.Phillips

OUT: D.Smith, A.Francis (both omitted), Z.Merrett, N.Cox (both injured)