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The Melbourne Demons travel to the SCG to take on the Sydney Swans in an attempt to collect their first win of the season. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:20pm (AEST).
Sydney opened their account in Round 3 with a 19-point victory over Carlton, while Melbourne are last on the ladder.
Jake Lloyd has been Sydney’s most impressive player. At the same time, Isaac Heeney has shown flashes of brilliance filtered with some very quiet patches of football.
For the Demons, Clayton Oliver has been at his clearance accumulating best, but it’s the back six that has let Simon Goodwin’s side down. In the first three rounds, the Demons have conceded on average of 114 points, leading the competition for scores against.
The match-up appears as an interesting contest, in recent seasons the Swans have struggled offensively and the Demons defensively.
Lance Franklin could only manage the two majors last week, meaning he is within his average striking distance of Matthew Lloyd’s 926 goal record on 923.
An 0-4 start is extremely difficult to come back from. This week looms as a miniature elimination final for the Dees and, with Sydney’s home record as of late, this game is a 50-50.
The game will depend on whether the out of form Melbourne backline can keep Franklin quiet for the full 120 minutes.
Melbourne by 12 points
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
Time: 7:20pm (AEST)
TV: Channel 7 & Fox Footy
Sydney Swans team
B: Callum Mills, Dane Rampe, Tom McCartin
HB: Jake Lloyd, Aliir Aliir, Jackson Thurlow
C: Zak Jones, Luke Parker, Oliver Florent
HF: Harry Cunningham, Sam Reid, Isaac Heeney
F: Jordan Dawson, Lance Franklin, Kieren Jack
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Josh Kennedy, Tom Papley
I/C: Nick Blakey, Justin McInerney, Ben Ronke, George Hewett
EMG: James Rose, Ryan Clarke, Robbie Fox, Lewis Melican
B: Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta
HB: Billy Stretch, Sam Frost, Nathan Jones
C: Jayden Hunt, Clayton Oliver, Christian Salem
HF: James Harmes, Sam Weideman, Angus Brayshaw
F: Corey Wagner, Tom McDonald, Jake Melksham
FOL: Max Gawn, Christian Petracca, Jack Viney
I/C: Braydon Preuss, Bayley Fritsch, Jay Lockhart, Josh Wagner
EMG: Charlie Spargo, Alex Neal-Bullen, Marty Hore, Harrison Petty