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Round 19 - 7:50 PM August 01, 2014, SCG - 18° Mostly sunny.
1st Ladder Position 7th
13 Wins 10
4 Losses 7
138.8 % 109.8
1641 Points For 1419
1182 Points Against 1292
WWWWL Form WLWWW
379 Disposals 388
39 Clearances 38
56 Inside 50 52
150 Contested Possessions 134
75 Tackles 67
34 Hit-Outs 35
16 Free Kicks 16

* Season Averages

Match Preview

Preview: Sydney Swans v Essendon

By Callum Twomey 12:21pm July 30, 14

THIS looms as an important clash for both teams given their respective positions on the ladder. The Sydney Swans will be aiming to bounce back after their loss to Hawthorn last week, their first defeat since round four against North Melbourne,  and need to keep winning to secure a top-two position and home qualifying final. The Bombers, meanwhile, could go a long way to securing a top-eight position if they can get over the line. It will be a tough ask, though. The Swans have had a strong recent record against Essendon, winning four of the past five encounters between the clubs.





WHERE AND WHEN: SCG, Friday August 1, 7.50pm AEST

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LAST FIVE TIMES
R9, 2014, Sydney Swans 18.6 (114) d Essendon 9.10 (64) at Etihad Stadium
R10, 2013, Sydney Swans 17.13 (115) d Essendon 10.11 (71) at SCG
R11, 2012, Sydney Swans 13.8 (86) d Essendon 11.16 (82) at Etihad Stadium
R20, 2011, Essendon 15.10 (100) d Sydney Swans 14.15 (99) at Etihad Stadium
R2, 2011, Sydney Swans 14.14 (98) d Essendon 13.15 (93) at ANZ Stadium

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THE SIX POINTS
1. The Swans are the No.1 tackling side in the competition, averaging 74.8 tackles a game. Essendon is ranked 10th with 67.4 a game.

2. John Longmire's side combines tenacity with scoring prowess. The Swans have averaged 96 points a game and passed the 100-point barrier eight times this year. Essendon has averaged 83 points an outing.  

3. Can the Bombers stop Buddy? Earlier this year Lance Franklin kicked five against Essendon, taking his tally against the club to 55 goals in just 11 games. He's kicked five or more in each of his past six games against the Dons.

4. The Bombers continue to like to hold on to the ball. They are ranked in the top two for kicks, total disposals, marks, uncontested possessions and contested marks.

5. Josh Kennedy was a standout the last time these sides met, in round nine, when he gathered 39 disposals and 10 clearances. In 17 games this year, Kennedy has passed 30 possessions seven times.

6. Jake Carlisle has enjoyed an extraordinary turn of form in the past two weeks, helping himself to a combined 45 disposals, 12 goals, 31 marks and an enormous influence in Essendon's forward line. It has been reflected in the Official AFL Players Ratings, brought to you by Gatorade, where Carlisle is up to a career-high position of 136th on the table.

Prediction: Sydney Swans by 28 points


Team Lineups

Team Lineups

Sydney Swans

B

  • Rhyce Shaw,
  • Ted Richards,
  • Nick Smith

HB

  • Nick Malceski,
  • Heath Grundy,
  • Dane Rampe

C

  • Lewis Jetta,
  • Josh Kennedy,
  • Luke Parker

HF

  • Ben McGlynn,
  • Lance Franklin,
  • Sam Reid

F

  • Adam Goodes,
  • Kurt Tippett,
  • Harry Cunningham

Fol

  • Mike Pyke,
  • Kieren Jack,
  • Jarrad McVeigh

I/C

  • Craig Bird,
  • Jake Lloyd,
  • Gary Rohan,
  • Dean Towers

Emg

  • Jeremy Laidler,
  • Tim Membrey,
  • Toby Nankervis

NO CHANGE

In

  • Rhyce Shaw

Out

  • Jeremy Laidler (Omitted)

Essendon

B

  • Dustin Fletcher,
  • Cale Hooker,
  • Jason Winderlich

HB

  • Mark Baguley,
  • Michael Hurley,
  • Zach Merrett

C

  • Courtenay Dempsey,
  • Dyson Heppell,
  • Brendon Goddard

HF

  • Travis Colyer,
  • Jake Carlisle,
  • Patrick Ambrose

F

  • Paul Chapman,
  • Tom Bellchambers,
  • Heath Hocking

Fol

  • Patrick Ryder,
  • Brent Stanton,
  • David Myers

I/C

  • Cory Dell'Olio,
  • Jackson Merrett,
  • David Zaharakis,
  • Ben Howlett

Emg

  • Ariel Steinberg,
  • Elliott Kavanagh,
  • Nick O'Brien

NO CHANGE

In

  • Tom Bellchambers

Out

  • Michael Hibberd (Hamstring)

Last updated: 11:14am Thursday, July 31, 2014

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