2022 AFL Round 20: Essendon vs North Melbourne Preview & Betting Tips

The final game of the AFL Round 20 will see the Bombers take on the Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium. Check out our best bets for this matchup right here!

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Essendon vs North Melbourne Betting Tips

Marvel Stadium, Sunday 31St. July, 16:40 (AEST)


Injuries: Nik Cox, Darcy Parish, Devon Smith, Tex Wanganeen

Essendon has one of the friendliest injury lists in the AFL right now with just four players unavailable for selection. Darcy Parish is the biggest as he continues to rehab a calf, while Nik Cox and Devon Smith are also missing key players.

Last week, the Bombers saw the Magpies snap their three-game winning streak in heartbreaking fashion. They looked sure to secure another four points, but it wasn’t to be as Jamie Elliott scored the go-ahead goal after the buzzer. Regardless, it’s been a great month of football for the Bombers who are clearly in a purple zone. Wins against the top eight teams at the Swans and Lions show they’re not far from being a good team when they get it right for four quarters.

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Injuries: Miller Bergman, Charlie Comben, Ben Cunnington, Kyron Hayden, Flynn Perez, Jared Polec, Will Phillips, Tristan Xerri

North Melbourne are missing some of their key players at the moment, which is certainly not helping their cause. Ben Cunnington has missed the entire season due to illness, while Tristan Xerri and Jared Polec will be out for the remainder of the campaign. In good news, Nick Larkey is available to play despite heel pain.

The Kangaroos have been a little more competitive in recent weeks, but they only have one win to show for their efforts. They upset the Tigers in the 18th round, but the Hawks completely outplayed them last weekend. Still, the Kangaroos have shown us that they have a lot of young talent in their squad and might not be too far from being a decent team. However, they remain at the bottom of the ladder with two wins to their name.

match prediction

With both teams destined to finish bottom half of the ladder and not much to play for, I imagine we won’t see any record-breaking pressure ratings in this game. On top of that, the Bombers have scored over 100 points in two of their last three games and the Kangaroos have scored over 75 in each of their last three, which tells us we should be in for a high-scoring contest. With that in mind, I’m happy to have a little play here.

More than 170.5 points

$1.88 (1.5 Units)

Prop Bets

Luke McDonald has shown the ability to rack up a large number of touches when given the chance in the middle of his back. His role increases with Aaron Hall out of the sideline and he looks like really good value in the trade markets this weekend.

Luke McDonald 20+ Eliminations ($1.90 at Ladbrokes)

The goalscoring markets are really up for grabs in this matchup and one I really like is Nic Martin for 2+ goals. He is averaging more than a goal a game this season and is sure to get a couple of looks at the big sticks against the Kangaroos.

Nic Martin 2+ goals ($3 at Ladbrokes)

Peter Wright is enjoying his best season in the AFL and is averaging 2.5 goals per game. He is in exceptional form at the moment, as he has scored 20 goals in his last six games and has good value to kick at least three on Sunday.

Peter Wright 3+ goals ($1.98 at Ladbrokes)

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