After last week’s draw in Sydney, Fremantle will be out to continue their march up the AFL ladder when they host 17th-placed Melbourne at Patersons Stadium this evening. We’ll have live scores from 4.40pm AEST.
Ross Lyon’s Dockers continue to see their injury list grow, yet they come into this game on a four-game unbeaten run, which bodes well for later in the season when they start to see a few of their stars back on the park.
Already without captain Matthew Pavlich, ruckman Aaron Sandilands and prime mover Stephen Hill, the Dockers also lost Michael Walters last weekend with an ankle injury.
Melbourne coach Mark Neeld will have been encouraged by Melbourne’s effort in their 44-point loss to Richmond after an abysmal effort the week earlier against the Suns.
The challenge for the Demons now is to replicate it on a consistent basis, and from there improved results could be a possibility.
Jack Watts will come back in from a hamstring injury while Shannon Byrnes has also been named, but the Dees will still be without Jack Viney due to a hot spot, while Jimmy Toumpas will also miss with an ankle problem.
These two sides met twice in 2012 with Fremantle taking the honours on both occasions, including a 61-point drubbing in Perth in the final round of the regular season.
Nothing Melbourne have shown this season would give any credence toward an upset at Patersons Stadium this afternoon and while they might keep it close – temporarily – it should be the home side collecting a routine four points here.
Will Fremantle roll on, or could Melbourne produce the unlikeliest of upsets here? Find out as we conclude Round 9 with live scores from 4.40pm AEST.