Watch Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers Live Stream - Thursday 08 April 11:20

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Thursday 08 April 11:20

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Unbeaten Sydney put their flawless record on the line as they host Essendon in a game, that would not have garnered huge interest like it is, a month ago, as Sydney are playing exciting footy and giving their fans faith.  Essendon breathed some life into their season last weekend by defeating St Kilda by a whopping 75 points, but surely, they know following a good result with a loss is not an option if they want to keep in the top 8 conversation.  Sydney have shown excellence after some down years, and started the new campaign by beating Brisbane, Adelaide and most recently premiers Richmond, and have clearly put all their competitors on notice.  Morning and early afternoon storms should have cleared by game-time in what will be decent conditions, and a near full-house at the SCG.

After resting their great goal-kicking forward, Lance Franklin, from the last game, Sydney have named him to take his usual place at full forward for this game, showing he is fully healthy again, after two years out.  Hayden McLean makes way, while James Bell is also left out of the squad, as is the norm though, one more player will be added on game-day as a medical interchange substitute.  Essendon too welcome back a superstar type, as Dyson Heppell is named in the midfield, and hoping to help youngster Laverde celebrate his 50th game in style by beating Sydney.  Mason Redman is not fit for this game, as he came from the field against St Kilda with a hamstring complaint, while the other omission is a selection type, seeing Cutler not make the grade this week.

At this venue, these two teams resumed last June, by playing out a cliff-hanger, that actually saw Essendon go 2-0, as they defeated a gallant Swans outfit by just 6 points, after bolting out of the gates to lead by 20 at quarter time.  The last 3 games between these sides have all been tight affairs, and perhaps they are going to play another here, as before the 2020 game, in the space of 2 months in 2019, they shared results, when the Bombers won by 10 and Sydney won by 5.  Sydney are $1.20 favourites and incredibly given a -28.5 handicap for this game, showing the bookies believe their revival is genuine, while they do not credit Essendon as much as they could have for beating the Saints, as they are $4.60 chances here.

PREDICTION: Sydney at home, but by about 20 only.

BETTING TIP: $2.05 for Swans to win by 1-39 is a fairly safe bet.

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