2022 AFL Round 8: Essendon vs Hawthorn Preview & Betting Tips

Traditional rivals Essendon and Hawthorn meet on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium starting at 7:25pm! The young Hawks have been impressive this season, and they will look to add to the misery of the struggling Bombers.

Jack Tobin is on deck with his preview and tips, and the team at BeforeYouBet has you covered with AFL Tips for each game in 2022.

Essendon vs Hawthorn Preview and Betting Tips

Marvel Stadium, Saturday March 7, 7:25pm AEST


Injuries: Jake Stringer, Nik Cox, Michael Hurley, Harrison Jones, Kyle Langford, Andrew Phillips, Will Snelling, James Stewart, Patrick Voss, Tex Wanganeen

Essendon has made three trades this week with Jake Stringer, a huge outing for the Bombers. Stringer got three Brownlow votes the last time these two teams met, with 29 discards and 4 goals. Nik Cox joins Stringer on the sidelines with an ankle injury, while Kaine Baldwin was unavailable last week. Dylan Shiel has been promoted to the starting 22 after being the medi-sub against the Bulldogs. Nick Hind has earned a call-up to the team after a strong showing in the VFL and ruckman Nick Bryan has been inducted for his first game of the season.

Essendon’s last appearance last season came from a strong clearance midfield and a side that was one of the best tackling teams in the AFL. The 2022 Bombers are a shell of last year’s side that rank last in the AFL in tackles and 15th in clearances. Essendon is the 16th ranked defense this season and has conceded 93 or more points in every game this season.

Not only can they not defend, Essendon is struggling to score, ranking 14th in the AFL in points per game (76 points per game). Peter Wright ranks ninth in the Coleman Medal race with 17 goals, yet Wright or bust with no other Bomber kicking more than eight goals this season.


Injuries: Changkuoth Jiath, Mitch Lewis, Ben McEvoy, Tom Phillips, Ned Reeves

The Hawks have brought Josh Ward, Harry Morrison and Denver Grainger-Barras back to the team after missing out against Melbourne, while Liam Shiels, Connor MacDonald and Connor Nash have been coached.

Hawthorn will be buoyed up after a strong performance against Melbourne, with the ten-point loss the closest game the reigning premiers have played all season. The Hawks managed to continue the game against the best defense of the last two seasons, which would make coach Sam Mitchell optimistic about his team’s potential.

Hawthorn’s aggressive way in which they have moved the ball will be a key factor against the worst transition defense in the AFL. Teams have moved the ball from coast to coast with ease against the Bombers, and it will open up plenty of scoring opportunities for the Hawks, especially for in-form forwards Dylan Moore and Chad Wingard.

match prediction

Hawthorn comes into this clash as legitimate favorites and the line seems to be the way to go in this clash. Essendon’s six losses this season have averaged 36 points, while Hawthorn has an average winning margin of 32 points in 2022. The Bombers are missing four of their top five kickers from 2021, so Peter Wright can look forward to it. compete against a plethora of Hawks defenders on Saturday night.

Hawthorn doesn’t have the greatest talent for putting the Bombers to the sword like some teams have this season, but their system is far outclassing Essendon and if they continue as they have so far this year, they won’t be in too much trouble. . covering the line -8.5.

Hawthorn -8.5

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Prop Bets

Dylan Moore has established himself as one of the AFL’s best forwards of the season, with 13 goals this season. Moore has averaged 2 goals per game in the last six weeks and has scored four goals in his last two games against the Bombers. Moore will be full of confidence after recording a career-high 33 disposals last week against Melbourne, notably without assisting a central rebound. Moore may not have as many eliminations this weekend, but he will have more scoring opportunities against a poor Essendon defence.

Dylan Moore 2+ Goals, $1.77 with Ladbrokes

After signing late in pre-season as an SSP pick, Nic Martin is off to a remarkable start to his AFL career. Through six games, Martin is averaging 22 eliminations per game and posted 25 last week against the Bulldogs. Martin has always found the football this season, and his role on the wing is very friendly to get possessions.

Nic Martin Eliminations 25+, $2.60 with Ladbrokes

Jai Newcombe has put together a steady month of football, averaging 24 eliminations per game. Newcombe’s performance surge is due to him posting the most rebounding assists under center of any Hawks player in the past month. Newcombe has had 26, 21, 22 and 22 CBAs in his last four games, providing outstanding value to pick up 25 disposals.

Jai Newcombe 25+ Eliminations, $2.35 with Ladbrokes

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