AFL 2020: Essendon Bombers v Brisbane Lions in round 9 – live updates!

QT: Essendon 1-3 (9) vs Brisbane 5-3 (33)




Good evening and welcome to day three of A Clockwork [insert your team’s colours here], the AFL’s small-screen epic coming to a lounge room near you. Run time is 28,800 minutes and you will need matchsticks. This fixture between Essendon and Brisbane is game No 4 of the fête de footy, meaning after tonight there are 29 matches across 17 days to enjoy (endure?) before we can have a night off to check back in on life’s evil necessities. Like spending time with the family. Richmond and Port Adelaide have already enjoyed resounding victories this round, and as we speak Hawthorn are doing just the better in a see-sawing game against Carlton. The formbook and the ladder insist the Lions will be too strong at Metricon, but both teams are missing players due to injury, suspension and, in the lingo of the times, player management. Jayden Laverde is a notable out for the Bombers, as are Daniel McStay and Daniel Rich for Brissie. Both teams will field a debutant, but more on that later. It’s the Lions for me, by about five goals. That is your cue to bet responsibly and invest in Essendon – in the name of disclosure, I am coming 15,784th out of about 18,000 in my tipping competition. Only the Crows are more hopeless than I. Looking forward to this one. To keep me company and have your humble opinion heard, send an email or tweet @scott_heinrich


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