Where and when: Marvel Stadium, Saturday July 27, 7.25pm AEST
What it means for St Kilda: There’s a chance for the Saints to hit the off-season with momentum. Only one of the remaining five teams they face sit in the top eight and that’s Adelaide, which is struggling. Putting a few wins on the board will bring positivity to Moorabbin.
What it means for Melbourne: In Simon Goodwin’s own words, plenty. Finals might not be on the line but the coach wants to see his side bed down the way it plays and how it goes about its business.
The stat: St Kilda hit triple figures in its win over the Western Bulldogs last Sunday. It was the first time it had accomplished that since last year’s round 17 victory over Carlton.
The match-up: Jack Lonie v Neville Jetta
Pint-sized forward Lonie showed why St Kilda missed him so much against the Dogs, coming out hot in the opening quarter to help spur the Saints to a win. Melbourne will want lockdown defender Jetta to get the job done and nullify the feisty left-footer.
It’s a big week for: Hunter Clark
After a stuttering start to his career, the silky midfielder is showing the elite traits that saw him drafted at pick No.7 in 2017. Continuing in this vein of form and finishing the season well should give him belief heading into 2020, which would be important considering he looked down on confidence earlier this year.
Thommo’s Tip: Saints by 15 points.
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