Venue: MCG at 7:25pm AEST
Last Time They Met: R5, 2016, Melbourne 20.9 (129) d Richmond 14.12 (96) at the MCG
Game Notes: Richmond is rolling and 4-0 for the first time since 1995, creating an ideal platform to qualify for finals after a horror 2016. A new attacking game style is working and personnel and role changes over the off-season have proved inspired. But how long will it last? And is this a false dawn for the Tigers, who it must be said have beaten three bottom eight teams from 2016 in their four wins? The Anzac Day eve clash against Melbourne will provide some answers, and we will have a good idea of Richmond’s credentials in the two weeks that follow, with clashes against Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs. Melbourne is similarly trying to establish itself as a top-eight team, but the two-point loss to Fremantle was a poor slip-up, with a seven-goals-to-none third quarter exposing their weaknesses. The 2-2 Demons will be out to produce four quarters of their best football – something they haven’t been able to do in the past fortnight – and they will push Richmond if they can do that.
Huttabito’s Tip: Richmond by 15 points (5-3)
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Final Scores (Pre-Scaled)
Richmond 12.16.88 defeated Melbourne 11.9.75
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