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One of the truly marquee games of the year, the Dreamtime Game, sees the Richmond Tigers hosting the Essendon Bombers at the MCG. Join The Roar from 7:25pm (AEST) for live scores and blog of the game.
Regardless of ladder positions, this game is always an incredible occasion to attend and a spectacle to behold.
Richmond, despite everything that has been thrown their way this season, are purring along nicely in these early parts of the season, to find themselves in a well-deserved 5th position on the ladder, going into round 10.
Richmond you never really felt got out of third gear against the Hawks last weekend, and simply turned it on when and if necessary.
The added element of Dusty Martin returning to form last week is timely, given the number of stars out injured for the Tigers.
On offer in tonight’s match is a top 4 berth for Richmond, and given their ability to step up when required in the last few seasons, you would back them to take the opportunity presented to them tonight.
Richmond are facing an Essendon opponent that simply cannot find the consistent formula to create the final product.
Essendon did the job last weekend against Fremantle, but make no mistake, they did the bare minimum job required, which was to get the win.
For all the pace and energy and attacking options that the Bombers have at their disposal, they just cannot get the points on the board to win consistently, as they come into this match up having lost three out of their last five games.
Further working against the Bombers is that they have been unable to muster a win in their last five games against the Tigers, and a win tonight is perhaps more important than ever.
The Bombers, for all their faults so far this year, come into this game statistically superior to their opponents in most regards, except on the ladder where it counts.
The ongoing drama around the fitness of Joe Daniher is a distraction that they could ill-afford to be dealing with at the moment as well.
Another curious quirk for the Bombers this year has been when Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is kept quiet, the Bombers don’t win.
It will be curious to see if that trend continues.
The Tigers are in form and finding their feet, and while the Bombers should bring a strong opposition, the Tigers should be too strong.
Richmond by 20.
When: Saturday, 25 May 2019, at 7:25 PM
Where: MCG, Melbourne
TV: Channel 7, Fox Footy, AFL website, livestreaming
Betting: Tigers $1.54, Bombers $2.50
B Ryan Garthwaite, David Astbury, Dylan Grimes
HB Sydney Stack, Shane Edwards, Bachar Houli
C Brandon Ellis, Dion Prestia, Kamdyn McIntosh
HF Liam Baker, Josh Caddy, Daniel Rioli
F Noah Balta, Tom J. Lynch, Jason Castagna
FOL Callum Coleman-Jones, Dustin Martin, Jack Higgins
I/C Nathan Broad, Connor Menadue, Shai Bolton, Nick Vlastuin
B Jayden Laverde, Cale Hooker, Michael Hurley
HB Andrew McGrath, Patrick Ambrose, Adam Saad
C Mason Redman, Zach Merrett, Josh Begley
HF Conor McKenna, Jake Stringer, David Zaharakis
F Tom Bellchambers, Aaron Francis, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOL Shaun McKernan, Dylan Shiel, Dyson Heppell
I/C Darcy Parish, Matt Guelfi, Kyle Langford, Ben McNiece