Venue: MCG 3:20PM AEST
Last Time They Met:
R3, 2016, North Melbourne 21.10 (136) d Melbourne 20.11 (131) at Blundy
R19, 2015, North Melbourne 19.13 (127) d Melbourne 14.8 (92) at the MCG
R23, 2014, North Melbourne 19.9 (123) d Melbourne 14.9 (93) at Etihad
R14, 2014, North Melbourne 15.17 (107) d Melbourne 10.6 (66) at the MCG
R18, 2013, North Melbourne 22.18 (150) d Melbourne 4.4 (28) at Etihad
Game Notes: Melbourne could look back at its 41-point win over Adelaide in round eight as a defining moment in its season. Particularly so, if the Demons make it back-to-back wins over the Kangaroos on Sunday. The Demons should head into the game against the Roos as clear favourites, yet having faltered in that position too many times in the past they must prove they can win with the expectation placed upon them. Melbourne was again able to overcome its lack of a recognised ruckman (although Crow Sam Jacobs had 74 hit-outs), but must do so again facing up against influential big man Todd Goldstein. The Roos put in their worst performance of the season in a 42-point loss to Sydney and will be looking to bounce back hard. The inclusion of Jarrad Waite helps North’s chances after he was sorely missed – through suspension – against the Swans.
Huttabito’s Tip: Melbourne by 15
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