Where and when: MCG, Saturday August 3, 7.25pm AEST
What it means for Melbourne: With the pressure increasing on both Simon Goodwin and Melbourne’s playing list, a top-four scalp would open the valve somewhat. It would also be only the Demons’ third win in their past 11 games.
What it means for Richmond: The Tigers’ percentage took a battering at the start of the season but has slowly been on the improve. Saturday night could be a chance to boost it further.
The stat: Final term fade-outs have been a big issue for the Dees recently. Over its past four matches, Melbourne has conceded an average of 28.5 points in the final quarter, while managing an average of just 13.3 itself.
The match-up: Michael Hibberd v Dustin Martin
Hibberd held Martin to just 17 disposals the last time these sides met, the superstar Tiger’s second-lowest tally for the year. The Dee, ranked 191 in the AFL Player Ratings, is versatile enough to take on Martin (11th overall) whether he’s forward or in the middle.
It’s a big week for: Simon Goodwin
After storming to a preliminary final last season, it’s been a disastrous year for Goodwin and his Melbourne charges. The Dees have now dropped a game below Carlton in 17th place and are staring down the barrel of falling 13 places in 12 months.
Thommo’s Tip: Richmond by 40 points.
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