WHERE AND WHEN: The Gabba, Saturday, March 31, 6.25pm AEST
Both teams head to the Gabba desperate for victory after first-up losses. Melbourne went down in heartbreaking fashion to Geelong with Max Gawn’s late miss, while the Lions were right in their match with St Kilda before a fourth-quarter fade-out. The Demons are fancied to break through and make the top eight this season, and these are the types of matches they have to win. They had an avalanche of inside 50s against the Cats and weren’t able to capitalise, but they would be confident of rectifying that issue against a young Lions defence. Despite losing, the Lions will take plenty from their performance against the Saints, particularly the dominance in clearances. Stefan Martin ruck battle with Gawn – featuring two big men with contrasting styles – promises to be a highlight, as will the on-field meeting between great mates Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis. Brisbane will improve its ball movement from last week, but Melbourne should squeak home here.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R22, 2017, Melbourne 16.8 (104) d Brisbane 14.7 (91) at the MCG
R9, 2016, Melbourne 19.17 (131) d Brisbane 9.14 (68) at the MCG
R16, 2015, Melbourne 8.12 (60) d Brisbane 4.12 (36) at the MCG
R19, 2014, Brisbane 11.8 (74) d Melbourne 6.15 (51) at Etihad Stadium
R17, 2013, Brisbane 13.16 (94) d Melbourne 11.9 (75) at TIO Stadium
Hutta’s Tip: Melbourne by 35 points.
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