WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Sunday, August 12, 3.20pm AEST
In terms of games with significant finals ramifications attached, none come bigger than Sunday’s contest at the MCG. The Demons’ final three-game stretch is as tough any team in the competition, with the Eagles (away) and Greater Western Sydney (MCG) to come, so a win over Sydney on home soil would be enormous for the team’s belief. Despite the possible return of Dan Hannebery from a calf injury, Melbourne should have a significant advantage in the midfield with the Demons ranked No.1 in the AFL for contested possessions and centre clearances. Stopping Lance Franklin up forward and curbing the influence of Aliir Aliir down back will be crucial to the Demons’ chances of winning this game. Sydney’s form line has been up and down in the past month but as always John Longmire’s side will be no easy beats.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R15, 2017, Sydney Swans 11.19 (85) d Melbourne 7.8 (50) at the MCG
R13, 2016, Sydney Swans 12.14 (86) d Melbourne 4.7 (31) at the SCG
R6, 2015, Sydney Swans 12.16 (88) d Melbourne 7.8 (50) at the MCG
R6, 2014, Sydney Swans 9.15 (69) d Melbourne 5.8 (38) at the MCG
R15, 2013, Sydney Swans 16.20 (116) d Melbourne 13.7 (85) at the MCG
FD’s Tip: Swans by 3 points.
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