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Melbourne are looking to make it 18 wins in a row when they face one-time challenger Fremantle now reeling from back-to-back surprise losses. Join The Roar for live scores and rolling coverage from 4:35pm (AEST).
A couple of weeks ago, this would have been tipped as one of the matches of the season, but the Dockers have struggled in recent rounds with consecutive losses to Gold Coast and Collingwood
The Demons are red hot and are definitely on track to win back to back flags this year. They are looking to win their eleventh game in a row for the season and their 17th in a row since Round 20 last year. They have solid players across all sectors of the field and have the most amazing depth I have seen in a side in the modern game.
Clayton Oliver is easily the best midfielder, if not the best player, in the competition this season. He has an amazing track record against the Dockers averaging 29.8 disposals, 4.7 tackles and 8 clearances against them across his career.
He also averages an astonishing 28.2 disposals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Dockers midfield core will need to put a serious clamp on him if they are to get far in this game.
The last two weeks have been a disaster for the Dockers after such a powerful start to the season. They have scored just 77 points combined in that fortnight, losing both games by 36 points, and have not been able to transition the ball well into their forward line. If they are to prove that they are up for the fight in this premiership race, this weekend against the premiers is the time to do it.
Andrew Brayshaw is having an extraordinary start to his fifth season at AFL level, averaging 30 disposals across his first ten games this year. He is looking to become the dominant inside bull that the Dockers have needed in the absence of Nat Fyfe this year. He will also be competing against his brother Angus today, and looking to get one up on his sibling.
I don’t know who is going to beat Melbourne this year but I can’t see Fremantle doing it today.
Demons by 18 points.
B: T. Rivers, S. May, J. Bowey
HB: J. Jordon, J. Lever, J. Hunt
C: A. Brayshaw, J. Viney, T. Sparrow
HF: B. Fritsch, L. Jackson, C. Spargo
F: A. Neal-Bullen, B. Brown, K. Pickett
FOLL: M. Gawn (c), C. Oliver, C. Petracca
I/C: T. Bedford, J. Melksham, S. Weideman, H. Petty
EMG: B. Laurie, A. Tomlinson, L. Dunstan, M. Brown
IN: Viney, Weideman, Bedford (R10 medi-sub)
OUT: Langdon, Dunstan, McDonald
B: H. Young, A. Pearce (c), G. Logue
HB: B. Cox, L. Ryan, J. Aish
C: B. Acres, A. Brayshaw, J. Clark
HF: M. Frederick, M. Taberner, T. Colyer
F: M. Walters, R. Lobb, L. Schultz
FOLL: S. Darcy, W. Brodie, C. Serong
I/C: D. Mundy, D. Tucker, H. Chapman, B. Walker
EMG: S. Sturt, E. Hughes, N. Erasmus, B. Banfield
IN: Walker, Tucker
OUT: Banfield, Switkowski