WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Sunday, July 8, 1.10pm AEST
The Etihad Stadium roof will prevent anything like the quagmire North Melbourne and Gold Coast played in up at Cairns in round one when they meet again on Sunday. The Suns snatched the points that day on their way to a 2-0 then 3-2 start, but they’ve since lost nine straight matches. The Roos, on the other hand, have bounded into finals contention, although a 17-point loss to Essendon on Sunday saw them slide to ninth spot. Not only will North be hell-bent on returning to the winner’s list, but the Gold Coast clash also looms as a percentage-booster. Ben Brown will be keen to cash in after failing to kick a goal in the Cairns wet, but Rory Thompson or Steven May will try to prevent that. David Swallow, Touk Miller and Jarryd Lyons have a big role to play in the midfield against Shaun Higgins, Ben Cunnington and Jed Anderson.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R1, 2018, Gold Coast Suns 7.13 (55) d North Melbourne 5.9 (39) at Cazalys Stadium
R15, 2017, Gold Coast Suns 18.10 (118) d North Melbourne 14.15 (99) at Metricon Stadium
R6, 2017, North Melbourne 16.11 (107) d Gold Coast Suns 14.10 (94) at Etihad Stadium
R5, 2016, North Melbourne 18.11 (119) d Gold Coast Suns 11.15 (81) at Metricon Stadium
R14, 2015, Gold Coast Suns 19.11 (125) d North Melbourne 10.10 (70) at Metricon Stadium
FD’s Tip: North Melbourne by 30 points. Can’t see the Suns stepping up as much as they would need to.
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