Saturday’s big AFL Elimination Final match in Sydney is between two teams with massive followings, the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers. The Swans are in formidable form although the Bombers went close to beating them at the SCG during the season so this one could be closer than markets suggest. View our Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers Match Preview.
When: 14:20 | Saturday 9/9/2017
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The Swans are arguably the form side of the competition and are right in the market to win the Premiership despite having to win three matches to make the Grand Final.
The Swans have beaten the top two teams in the past four weeks as well as thrashing two of the lower positioned teams and head into this clash with plenty of confidence.
The Bombers scrapped through into the finals and have a massive task ahead of them having to travel to Sydney to beat them at home at the SCG.
One positive for the Bombers was that they went close to doing that this year and despite the Swans now playing better football the Bombers can be very good in patches and if they can extend that to a full match then they are right in this.
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Hurley and Fantasia train with Bombers
Essendon’s Orazio Fantasia and Michael Hurley look set to take on Sydney in the AFL elimination final after completing training but Cale Hooker was a notable absentee.
Fantasia (hamstring) and Hurley (calf) took part in the Bombers’ training drills on Wednesday and match simulation and moved well.
But swingman Hooker did some passing drills with a trainer and spent time on the sidelines talking to the team doctor without joining the main group.
Teammate Brendon Goddard said Hooker had done some non-weight bearing running inside instead of training with teammates and, given his value to the team, he would be given until the last minute.
“We’d like to have him there and he’s doing everything he can,” Goddard said.
“He’s running on the Alter-G machine so we’ll get a gauge of how he pulls up.”
Goddard said he spoken with Hurley and Fantasia after Wednesday’s session and the pair told him they were confident of facing the Swans at the SCG on Saturday.