This type of match is close to a no-win situation for North Melbourne: If they win, it is labelled as an easy game; if they lose, they are condemned as pretenders in the premiership race. They must simply keep chalking up wins in their quest for a top 8 berth. If they get in a winning position early today they will keep pushing in an attempt to boost percentage and push the Tigers out of sixth spot.
What matters most to today’s result is the schizophrenic Melbourne. Do the brilliant and defensive Demons turn up today and shut down the Kangaroos’ midfield or do the sloppy Dees fumble their way through the game, committing silly turnovers and gifting easy goals to their opposition? Even Paul Roos seems uncertain what makes his boys tick, but he’ll hope today doesn’t bring a 14th straight loss to North Melbourne.
Thommo’s tip: North Melbourne by 25 points.
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