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2020 AFL preview: Essendon Bombers team guide

The Bombers haven’t won a final in 15 years. Will the drought end in 2020?


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Essendon's 2019 AFL campaign was a bit uneven. Still, the team managed to finish eighth on the ladder with 12 wins and 10 losses. They made the finals for the second time in three seasons, but were quickly eliminated by the West Coast Eagles.

Additionally, Essendon's pre-season was plagued with unfortunate injuries. Defender Patrick Ambrose will be on the sidelines for a while after hurting his knee. He joins a long list of players with interrupted pre-season campaigns which includes Joe Daniher and captain Dyson Heppell.

That being said, Essendon went unbeaten in the pre-season, which means morale should be great as their 2020 AFL campaign kicks off.

How to watch Essendon Bombers AFL matches

Essendon Bombers supporters can follow their favourite team live and free on Seven Network. However, Channel Seven only broadcasts four matches per week, which vary from state to state.

Serious Essendon fans and AFL enthusiasts in general might want to look into getting a paid subscription if they don't want to miss any games. Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Foxtel Now offer all fixtures apart the grand final live and on demand, so you can take your pick based on your viewing habits.

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If you're not keen on getting pay TV, Kayo Sports is affordable, with subscriptions starting at $25/month. This buys you access to more than 50 sports and cool features like SplitView and Interactive Stats that make sports streaming a breeze. Plus, new users get a 14-day free trial to see if the platform is a good fit. Our Kayo vs Foxtel guide should help you figure out which provider works best for you.

AFL fixtures are also available to watch with AFL Live Pass, but live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display size. If you're not particularly interested in watching on the big screen or spend a lot of time on the go, the platform is definitely worth considering.

AFL Live Pass is available for free for selected Telstra customers. Otherwise, you can download the official AFL Live app from Google Play or the App Store and purchase a subscription. Check out our guide on how to stream the 2020 AFL season for more information.

Watch Essendon Bombers matches overseas

If you need to travel outside Australia during the AFL season you can still keep up with the Bombers. Thanks to Watch AFL, you don't have to miss a minute of the action. The platform enables you to stream games via the Internet without breaking the bank. We have an article on how to stream the 2020 AFL season from overseas that will help you get started.

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When do Essendon Bombers play next?

Their first fixture in the 2020 AFL season will be against Fremantle on 21 March. Here's the upcoming schedule for the Essendon Bombers. You can see the complete AFL draw here.

Round Day Date Match Stadium Kick-off (AEST) How to watch
Round 1 Saturday 21/3/20 Essendon vs Fremantle Marvel Stadium, VIC 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Round 2 Sunday 14/6/20 Sydney Swans vs Essendon SCG, NSW 3:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7
Round 3 Sunday 21/6/20 Essendon vs Melbourne MCG, Vic 3:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7
Round 4 Saturday 27/6/20 Essendon vs Carlton MCG, Vic 7:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7
Round 5 Friday 3/7/20 Collingwood vs Essendon MCG, Vic 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7

Essendon Bombers squad

New Bombers players include Andrew Phillips, Tom Cutler and Jacob Townsend. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the 2020 AFL season.

Player Number Name Position Career Games
29 Patrick Ambrose Defender 87
16 Joshua Begley Forward 16
2 Tom Bellchambers Ruck 129
24 Nick Bryan Ruck 0
28 Ned Cahill Midfield, Forward 0
37 Dylan Clarke Midfield 12
0 Henry Crauford Ruck 0
12 Tom Cutler Midfield 66
6 Joe Daniher Forward 104
38 Sam Draper Ruck 0
13 Orazio Fantasia Forward 75
10 Aaron Francis Defender 27
8 Martin Gleeson Defender 78
32 Noah Gown Forward 0
35 Matt Guelfi Midfield 32
33 Brayden Ham Forward, Midfield 5
21 Dyson Heppell Midfield 169
46 Mitchell Hibberd Midfield 4
0 Tom Hird
26 Cale Hooker Defender 193
18 Michael Hurley Defender 179
36 Lachlan Johnson Forward, Midfield 0
23 Harrison Jones Forward 0
4 Kyle Langford Forward, Midfield 65
15 Jayden Laverde Forward 40
41 Cian McBride Defender 0
43 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti Forward 89
1 Andrew McGrath Midfield 64
45 Conor McKenna Defender 73
44 Shaun McKernan Forward 78
39 Ross McQuillan Defender, Forward 0
7 Zachary Merrett Midfield 126
22 Irving Mosquito Forward 0
19 Kobe Mutch Midfield 4
3 Darcy Parish Forward, Midfield 76
34 Andrew Phillips Ruck 41
27 Mason Redman Defender 25
14 Jordan Ridley Defender 9
42 Adam Saad Defender 92
9 Dylan Shiel Midfield 157
5 Devon Smith Forward, Midfield 138
40 Will Snelling Forward 5
17 James Stewart Forward 45
25 Jake Stringer Forward 128
20 Jacob Townsend Forward 48
11 David Zaharakis Midfield 207
30 Brandon Zerk-Thatcher Defender 1

Essendon Bombers history

The Essendon Bombers were formed in 1872 and were a founding member club of both the Victorian Football Association, in 1877 and the Victorian Football League in 1896.

The Bombers have won 16 premierships so far, their latest in 2000. They are tied with Carlton for the most premierships of any club in the competition.

They play their home games at either Marvel Stadium or the MCG.

Image source: Essendon Bombers team website

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