How to watch North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Essendon Bombers AFL live and match preview
Essendon are well within reach of the top 8 and North Melbourne are coming off a huge upset win ahead of their round 18 showdown.
The Bombers have endured a sub-par season in 2021, picking up 7 wins from their 16 matches to date. Flashes of potential have been coupled with some less than impressive displays. Yet with 6 matches remaining, they are just 1 win outside the top 8, so all is far from lost.
North Melbourne stumbled through a winless first 8 rounds of the campaign. But they are showing some improvement in the run home, including a massive upset triumph over the Eagles in Perth last time out. It sets up an intriguing showdown between these clubs.
When is North vs Essendon?
The coronavirus pandemic is again having an impact on sport in this country. This match was originally scheduled for Melbourne's Marvel Stadium but has been shifted to Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. The opening bounce has been brought forward slightly and is now at 12:35pm AEST on Sunday 18 July.
How to watch North Melbourne vs Essendon
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Who will win North vs Essendon?
Essendon and North Melbourne were AFL giants in the 90s, picking up 2 flags apiece among a swag of finals appearances. But it has all gone sour over the past couple of decades, with only flashes of real competitiveness from these proud outfits.
The Bombers will be the favourites here after their commanding victory over Adelaide last weekend, holding the Crows to 2.9 (21), their lowest ever score. Essendon have a strong percentage and sit just a sole victory behind seventh-placed Fremantle and the eighth-placed West Coast Eagles in a tight finals race.
The Kangaroos were drifting through a terrible season under first-year coach Mark Noble. But they have won 2 of their past 3 matches, capped by that stunning upset victory over West Coast in Perth that no one saw coming. This could be an open, entertaining encounter. We're leaning slightly towards the Bombers, who have that bit more on the line.
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