Venue: MCG 3:20pm AEST
Last Time They Met: R22, 2016, Carlton 11.12 (78) d Melbourne 7.16 (58) at the MCG
Game Notes: The challenge for Melbourne, and the Demons know it, is to produce the type of effort and intensity every week that was displayed against St Kilda. Melbourne has a wonderful opportunity to make it two wins from two starts against Carlton on Sunday, with coach Simon Goodwin already demanding the team rises to a new standard. The Demons’ midfield is already firing, led by Max Gawn, who has resumed his All Australian-type form, with young gun Clayton Oliver and experienced heads Jordan Lewis and Nathan Jones also solid contributors. The Blues were gallant in last Thursday’s loss to Richmond, but remain a developing side, and coach Brendon Bolton will continue to take a measured approach through 2017. Melbourne has not defeated the Blues since 2014, so after ending its long-running hoodoo against the Saints, it will be looking to right the wrongs again in its first home game at the MCG for the season.
Huttabito’s Tip: Melbourne by 30 (1-1)
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