Venue: Etiahd Stadium at 7:50 AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R19, 2016, North Melbourne 12.13 (85) d St Kilda 8.14 (62) at Etihad Stadium
R7, 2016, North Melbourne 11.16 (82) d St Kilda 11.9 (75) at Etihad Stadium
R20, 2015, North Melbourne 18.12 (120) d St Kilda 11.17 (83) at Blundstone Arena
R17, 2014, North Melbourne 13.14 (92) d St Kilda 3.15 (33) at Blundstone Arena
R10, 2013, North Melbourne 19.19 (133) d St Kilda 10.5 (65) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: Both clubs have thrived and suffered under the Friday-night glare this season. The Roos sparkled in the first-ever Good Friday match to shoot 29 points clear of the Dogs, only to lose one of their three heartbreakers by fewer than six points. The Saints chased down Greater Western Sydney in prime time in round seven, in what many thought was a statement victory. Instead, they have lost three in a row – including a Friday night loss to Adelaide – with a scrappy success over Carlton in between. St Kilda’s finals hopes are already flickering and a seventh consecutive defeat to North Melbourne would put it in danger of slipping from 12th position. Nick Riewoldt (knee bone bruising) is due back for the Saints (5-6) in a major positive. But the Roos (4-7) are equally requiring a win, especially after a disappointing third quarter cost them badly against Richmond before the bye.
Thommo’s Tip: St Kilda by 18 points.
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