How to watch Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons AFL live and free
Melbourne's maddeningly inconsistent season reaches its zenith with a must-win, final-round clash against Essendon.
Melbourne have been among the most difficult teams to get a proper reading on in 2020. Able to defeat teams like Collingwood, St Kilda and GWS, the Dees have also dropped matches to lowly Sydney and Fremantle, leaving them still battling for a postseason place.
For any chance of sneaking into the top eight, the ninth-placed club needs a strong win over Essendon and other results to go their way. The Bombers have also had a wretched year and will surely be intent on giving their supporters some optimism with a strong end to their campaign.
When is Essendon vs Melbourne?
The opening bounce is at 2:10pm AEST at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast on Saturday 19 September. This is part of the final round in the 2020 AFL draw.
How to watch Essendon vs Melbourne
Subscription services Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports are your only options nationwide for this big showdown. It is exclusive to Fox Footy and won't be broadcast on free-to-air TV on Channel 7 anywhere. There is also Watch AFL if you are overseas.
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Who will win Essendon vs Melbourne?
This is the kind of match that will drive tipsters mad. The expectation would be that Melbourne have so much to play for, have had a better season than Essendon and surely will do enough to win. But that logic just hasn't stood up for a large chunk of Demons games in 2020.
The Bombers have been under the pump in recent weeks for a lack of progress under coach John Worsfold and could also be expected to show some kind of response. It's just about a 50-50 shot, but we'll reluctantly stick with the Dees in a narrow win.
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