Venue: MCG at 1:45pm AEST
PAST FIVE TIMES
R16, 2016, Melbourne 12.15 (87) d Fremantle 8.7 (55) at TIO Stadium
R22, 2015, Fremantle 17.6 (108) d Melbourne 8.6 (54) at Domain Stadium
R5, 2015, Fremantle 18.10 (118) d Melbourne 6.14 (50) at the MCG
R16, 2014, Fremantle 15.7 (97) d Melbourne 4.10 (34) at TIO Stadium
R21, 2013, Fremantle 20.13 (133) d Melbourne 5.8 (38) at the MCG
Game notes: Melbourne would be steaming after failing to clinch victory due to a wasteful display in front of goal against Geelong last week. Inaccuracy cost the Demons dearly and they will be looking to rectify that against the Dockers. Melbourne will also be without Max Gawn, with the big ruckman to miss up to three months following hamstring surgery. The ruck task will be made more difficult for likely call-up Jake Spencer, with leading Dockers big man Aaron Sandilands peering at him across the other side of the centre circle. The Dockers caused an early contender for upset of the season last weekend, after Ross Lyon’s youthful team defeated last year’s premiers the Western Bulldogs. Lyon decided to play the kids, and the new approach breathed fresh life into a previously winless side. The Dockers will try to take a similar emboldened mindset into the game against the Demons.
Thommo’s Tip: Melbourne by 30 points.
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