WHERE AND WHEN: Adelaide Oval, Friday June 22, 7.50pm AEST
It is an understatement to say this is a big game for both sides. With the teams locked on 32 points apiece and separated by just percentage, this Friday night contest has major ramifications for the rest of the season. Port Adelaide is out to make it three wins on the trot and continue its charge up the ladder, while Melbourne will be looking to bounce back after a 42-point loss to Collingwood prior to the bye. The loss to the Magpies ended the Demons’ six-game winning streak and a win over the Power would restore confidence in their aspirations of making the top four. The duel between Melbourne’s Max Gawn and reigning All Australian ruckman Paddy Ryder shapes as integral to the clash while the battle between childhood friends Jack Viney and Ollie Wines will also be interesting to monitor. After a bye, will Melbourne be able to recapture the form that served it so well over its successful six-week run of form?
LAST FIVE TIMES
R18, 2017, Melbourne 13.10 (88) d Port Adelaide 9.11 (65) at the MCG
R21, 2016, Melbourne 13.16 (94) d Port Adelaide 8.6 (54) at Adelaide Oval
R10, 2016, Port Adelaide 18.13 (121) d Melbourne 10.16 (76) at TIO Traeger Park
R9, 2015, Port Adelaide 18.7 (115) d Melbourne 8.6 (54) at TIO Traeger Park
R18, 2014, Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) d Melbourne 10.9 (69) at Adelaide Oval
Thommo’s Tip: Melbourne by 12 points.
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