Venue: MCG, 1:10pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R1, 2017, Melbourne 18.12 (120) d St Kilda 13.12 (90) at Etihad Stadium
R17, 2016, St Kilda 15.20 (110) d Melbourne 11.8 (74) at Etihad Stadium
R6, 2016, St Kilda 20.15 (135) d Melbourne 15.6 (96) at Etihad Stadium
R17, 2015, St Kilda 12.11 (83) d Melbourne 6.10 (46) at the MCG
R11, 2015, St Kilda 12.13 (85) d Melbourne 12.11 (83) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: This is a season-defining clash for both teams with the loser set to face a steep uphill battle to make finals. The Demons appeared to be well placed to reach September for the first time since 2006 when they defeated Port Adelaide in round 18. But the close-knit nature of the top eight does not allow for any slip-ups and losses to North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney in recent weeks have been major setbacks for the Demons’ finals chances. Had St Kilda not beaten West Coast on Sunday, its 2017 campaign was all but over but Alan Richardson’s men have lived to fight another day after the thrilling eight-point result. They have sometime wayward forward Jack Billings to thank for that. Prior to the start of the season, these two teams were selected by many to climb up the ladder and feature in finals. By Sunday evening, we’ll know a fair bit more about what each team is made of for now and into the future.
Hutta’s Tip: Melbourne by 15 points.
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